Exemption for Visitors in Canada to apply for Work Permits – EXTENDED

Visitors to Canada are still able to apply for work permits without leaving the country, according to recent updates from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This measure was implemented in August 2020 to allow visitors already in Canada to apply for a work permit without the need to leave and re-enter the country. This temporary policy was set to expire February 28, 2023 and has now been extended to 2025.

The measure applies to individuals who are currently in Canada with a visitor visa, or who have been approved for a visitor visa but are unable to travel to Canada due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. It also applies to individuals who have applied for permanent residence and are awaiting a decision.

To apply for a work permit from within Canada, visitors must meet certain eligibility requirements and must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. The employer must also obtain a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or be exempt from the LMIA requirement.

Applicants are required to submit their application online and provide biometrics and other required documents. Processing times for work permit applications from within Canada can vary depending on the type of work permit being applied for, but the IRCC website provides estimated processing times for each category.

Overall, this measure provides flexibility for visitors to Canada who may be interested in working while they are in the country. It’s important to note that visitors who enter Canada without a work permit are not authorized to work, and that it’s always recommended to consult with a licensed immigration consultant or lawyer before making any immigration or work-related decisions.