The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended its policy that allows visitors to obtain work permits if they have valid job offers. This policy extension is great news for visitors who are currently in Canada and have a job offer, as it will allow them to obtain a work permit without having to leave the country.
The policy extension was made to help address the current labor shortage in Canada. With the ongoing pandemic, many industries are facing labor shortages, and the government is looking for ways to ensure that businesses have access to the workers they need.
The policy extension applies to visitors who are currently in Canada and have a job offer from a Canadian employer. To be eligible for the work permit, visitors must meet the following criteria:
- Have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer
- Be legally admitted to Canada
- Be in good health and not pose a risk to Canadian public health
- Not be inadmissible to Canada on any other grounds
- Be able to provide evidence that they will leave Canada once their work permit expires
To apply for the work permit extension, visitors must complete and submit the following documents:
- Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada (IMM 1295)
- Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (IMM 5802)
- Document Checklist (IMM 5583)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409) (if applicable)
- Custodianship Declaration – Custodian for Minors Studying in Canada (IMM 5646) (if applicable)
- Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) (if applicable)
If you are a visitor in Canada with a valid job offer, we encourage you to take advantage of this policy extension and apply for a work permit. Our team of experts is here to help you with your application and ensure that you have the best chance of success.