Visitors in Canada are now allowed to apply for an employer-specific work permit from within Canada under a new temporary public policy. While all temporary residents can apply for an employer-specific work permit under the public policy, only those who held a work permit in the last 12 months may request interim authorization to work.
The public policy came into effect on August 24, 2020, and the eligibility criteria were expanded to allow all visitors who are in Canada with valid temporary resident status to apply inland for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of when they arrived in Canada. The public policy is being extended until February 28, 2025.
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
Eligibility requirements for visitors to apply for an employer-specific work permit
The foreign national
- 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
- 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]
- has remained in Canada with status since application submission and intends to remain in Canada throughout the period during which their work permit application is being processed
- submitted the application on or before February 28, 2025
Eligibility requirements for interim authorization to work
In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for the work permit, a former work permit holder who converted to visitor status may also be eligible for interim authorization to work if they meet all the following:
- have valid temporary resident status at the time of work permit application submission
- held a valid work permit in the 12 months preceding the date on which they submitted their application for a work permit under this public policy, even though they are now only a visitor
- intend to work for the employer and occupation specified by the LMIA or LMIA-exempt offer of employment included in their work permit application submitted under the public policy
- have applied to IRCC for the interim authorization to work as per this public policy using the IRCC Web form
- have requested that the authorization to work be applicable until a decision is made on their work permit application
- will remain in Canada throughout the period during which their work permit application is being processed
Receipt of work permit application
All in-Canada work permit applications under this public policy must be submitted electronically.