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  • Writer's pictureJinxia Wang

New temporary public policy will allow visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave

Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country.

To be eligible, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must

have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply

have been in Canada on August 24, 2020 and remained in Canada

have a job offer submit an application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than March 31, 2021

meet all other standard admissibility criteria。

This temporary public policy also provides the opportunity for applicants who meet these criteria and who had a valid work permit in the past 12 months to begin working for their new employer before their work permit application has been fully approved.

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