Visitors in Canada Can continue to Apply for Work Permits without leaving

by Rajneesh Kumar Published on 07/Mar/2023

In order to address labour shortages in the country, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended the temporary public policy that allows foreign visitors to apply for work permits without leaving the country. Canada has extended this policy for two more years, i.e. until February 28, 2025. Find out more about this latest update.

Work Permits for visitors in Canada

Now, the visitors who get an employment offer can continue to apply for a work permit without the trouble of leaving Canada. Moreover, those who held a work permit in the past twelve months can ask for interim work authorization to commence working for their new employer while their work permit application is in process.

This key change in policy provides a unique opportunity for employers in Canada to tap into a formerly untapped labour pool. With this extension, visitors can now become an alternative for employers looking for the workers during this period of economic growth. To be eligible, candidates need to have valid visitor status, an employment offer that is supported by a labour market impact assessment, and fulfil all other standard admissibility benchmarks.

This extension of the provisional policy is a game-changer for both visitors and employers, as it eliminates needless barriers to accessing the labour market. Applicants no more need to worry about leaving the country to apply for a work permit, and employers can profit from a wider pool of prospective employees.

In last few months, Canadian government has taken various measures to make the immigration process streamline for the aspirants. This year the IRCC will admit record 465,000 new permanent residents. The easing immigration measures will surely help the newcomers immigrate to Canada and establish themselves in quick time. 

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