Canada’s Pioneering Work Permit Policy Extension: An Opportunity for Visitors and Employers

In a progressive move that herald’s opportunities for both visitors and employers, Canada has extended a pivotal temporary policy.

This development ensures that foreign nationals in Canada on visitor status who receive a valid job offer can continue to apply for and receive a work permit without the need to exit the country. This game-changing policy, set to expire, has now been granted an extension of two more years, welcoming an era of possibilities until February 28, 2025.

The Policy’s Significance

The significance of this policy extension is twofold. Firstly, it simplifies the transition for those who find themselves in Canada as visitors and suddenly receive a compelling job opportunity. They no longer need to leave the country for their work permit, thus facilitating a seamless progression from being a visitor to an employee.

Secondly, this policy has a broader economic impact. With Canada experiencing notable labor shortages during a period of robust economic expansion, retaining visitors as an option for employers is a pragmatic solution. This policy alleviates the challenge of labor scarcity, helping businesses operate smoothly.

A Smooth Transition

Before the advent of this policy, individuals seeking to work in Canada usually had to apply for their initial work permit from their home country. If they happened to be in Canada on visitor status when their work permit was approved, they would face the inconvenience of leaving Canada just to get their work permit issued. This back-and-forth process has now become a thing of the past.

Eligibility Criteria

To benefit from this extension, an applicant must meet specific eligibility criteria, including:

  • Having valid visitor status in Canada at the time of application.

Possessing a job offer supported by a labor market impact assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment.

Submitting an application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025.

Meeting all other standard admissibility criteria.

An Extra Advantage for Past Permit Holders

An additional advantage awaits individuals who have been visitors in Canada and have held a valid work permit within the past 12 months. They have the option to request interim work authorization, allowing them to commence their new employment even before the full work permit application is processed.

This policy extension underscores Canada’s commitment to facilitating labor mobility and supporting its economic growth. It represents an exemplary solution, ensuring that the pathways to employment remain accessible and uncomplicated. For both visitors with dreams of working in Canada and employers seeking skilled individuals, this policy is a beacon of opportunity. It paves the way for a harmonious coexistence and mutually beneficial engagement.

If you have questions or need more detailed information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts at JurisCorp Law. 

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