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Temporary policy extended by 2 years, allowing visitors to apply for work permits within Canada

Updated: May 6, 2023

February 28, 2023 - The Canadian government has extended a temporary policy that allows foreign nationals visiting Canada to apply for work permits without having to leave the country. This policy, which was set to expire today, has been extended for two more years until February 28, 2025, due to the ongoing labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under this policy, visitors with valid status in Canada can apply for a work permit upon receiving a valid job offer supported by a labor market impact assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment. Visitors who held a work permit within the past 12 months can also request interim work authorization to start working for their new employer quickly. This eliminates the need for applicants to apply for their initial work permit before coming to Canada, or leave Canada to be issued a work permit.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all standard admissibility criteria, submit their application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025, and have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply. This temporary policy change offers a more accessible option for employers in Canada and makes it easier for foreign nationals to apply for work permits within the country.

Contact JDF Immigration for your work permit extension today! (587)800-4373,

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