The Canadian government recently extended a temporary policy allowing visitors to apply for work permits while in Canada until Feb. 28, 2025.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals who are in Canada as visitors and receive a valid job offer can continue to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave the country. To be eligible, an applicant must:
    • Have valid status as a visitor on the day they apply.
    • Have a job offer that is supported by a labor market impact assessment or an LMIA-exempt job offer.
    • Submit an application for an employer-specific work permit before Feb. 28, 2025.
  • Visitors applying who held a work permit within the last 12 months can also continue to request interim work authorization to begin working for their new employer immediately.
  • Previously, visitors applying to work in Canada would typically have to apply from outside the country.

BAL Analysis: Canadian authorities extended the temporary work permit application policy to further address labor market shortages and give more visitors the option of staying and working in the country.

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