Visitors in Canada Can Apply For Work Permit Until Feb 28

Visitors visa

A temporary public policy for visitors was announced on August 24, 2020. As a result, this allowed visitor visa holders already in Canada to apply for work permit

Initially, this policy was only for the visitors who came before August 24 2020 and have a job offer in addition to other requirements.

But, then this policy was amended to allow all visitor visa holders without considering their date of entry to Canada.

This policy was extended until February 28, 2022 in September 2021.

In March 2022, this policy is being extended until February 28, 2023. 

Here Is What Policy Say For Visitors:

This public policy will

  • permit eligible foreign nationals with valid temporary resident status as visitors to apply for a job offer-supported work permit from inside Canada
  • exempt eligible foreign nationals from the requirement that a work permit not be issued if they have not complied with certain temporary residence conditions
  • allow eligible former temporary foreign workers to work while a decision on their work permit application is pending


The foreign national

  1. is in Canada with valid temporary resident status as a visitor, including status extensions under subsection 183(5) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), that is, maintained status, at the time of work permit application submission
  2. has submitted an employer-specific work permit application using the Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker [IMM 5710]
  3. has remained in Canada with status since application submission
  4. submitted the application on or before February 28, 2023

Eligibility Requirements For Interim Authorization To Work

You can apply, if you:

  • had valid temporary resident status at the time of work permit application submission and have remained in Canada with status.
  • held a valid work permit in the 12 months preceding the date on which they submitted their application for a work permit.
  • intend to work for the employer and occupation specified by the LMIA or LMIA-exempt offer of employment.
  • have applied to IRCC for the interim authorization to work as per this public policy using the IRCC Web form; and
  • have requested that the authorization to work be applicable until a decision is made on their work permit application.

Source: IRCC


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