Visitor Visa Apply for Work Permits Policy inside Canada Extended to 2025


Canada IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) recently announced that Canada's temporary resident visa to work permit policy will be extended until February 28, 2025.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC allows temporary visitor visa holders (including tourists, visiting relatives, accompanying parents, etc.) who receive a valid job offer will continue to be able to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave the country.

2023 Canada Visitor Visa to Work Permits Extended again

The policy was originally scheduled to expire on February 28, 2023 and has now been extended for two years until February 28, 2025.

The policy was implemented on August 24, 2020 with the aim of helping Canadian businesses fill labor gaps and providing more employment and immigration opportunities for temporary visitors.

According to data from IRCC, as of September 30, 2022, more than 14,000 temporary visitors have obtained work permits through this policy.

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Eligible to Apply

Copied from IRCC website below:

To be eligible to apply, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must

  • have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
  • have a job offer that is supported by a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment
  • submit an application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025
  • meet all other standard admissibility criteria

In addition, applicants who have held a work permit in the past 12 months can also request temporary work permits and start working for a new employer while waiting for formal work permit approval.

The extension policy does not apply to super visa holders (but super visa holders can also apply for work permits under existing policies), business visitors and those who cannot apply for work permits online.

For more information, please visit the official website of Canada IRCC

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