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Key Points

  • Canada will extend a COVID-19-era policy in order to allow visitors with valid work offers to apply for work authorization without having to exit the country


The government of Canada extended its COVID-19 work permit temporary visitor policy until February 28, 2025. As a result, foreign nationals who are currently in Canada as visitors who receive a valid job offer will be able to remain in the country throughout the work permit application process.

In addition, foreign nationals who have held a work permit within the past 12 months will also have the option to request interim work authorization, which will allow the individual to start working for their new employer sooner. To be eligible to apply, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must:

  • Maintain a valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
  • Receive a job offer that is supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment
  • Have submitted an application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025
  • Meet all other standard admissibility criteria

For additional information on the application process for temporary work authorization, check here.

What are the Changes?

The government of Canada will extend a COVID-19-era policy that allows foreign nationals to remain in the country while applying for work authorization. Previously, applicants were required to exit the country during the application process.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of Canada

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