Tourists in Canada now allowed to apply for a Work Permit

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Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that Temporary Residents who are already in Canada can now apply for a Work Permit without having to leave.

The new IRCC policy was announced in a statement. According to IRCC minister Marco Mendicino, the new IRCC policy will help Canadian Employers, who have faced challenges in meeting their labour requirements.

Mendicino said that IRCC has “heard from employers who continue to face challenges recruiting and hiring the workers they need during the pandemic. This exemption from the normal temporary work permit requirements is aimed at removing barriers to create a more agile workforce that leverages visitors with the skills and experience to accelerate our economic recovery.”

The new IRCC policy continues to advise Temporary Residents to make sure to keep their current immigration status active.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many Temporary Residents found that they couldn’t leave Canada.

The new IRCC policy will allow Temporary Resident to apply for a Work Permit without having to leave the country.


Temporary Resident must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for a Work Permit under the new IRCC policy, including:

  • having valid immigration status in Canada before August 20, 2020.
  • must have a valid job offer from an eligible Canadian Employer (including LMIA and LMIA-exempt job offers submitted before March 31, 2021).

IRCC will allow eligible Temporary Resident as well as Temporary Foreign Workers who had a valid Work Permit in the 12 months leading up to the application to start working for their new Canadian Employer before the new Work Permit has been issued.

More information about the new IRCC policy can be found here.

Applicants can contact IRCC directly using this web form here.


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