Program delivery update: COVID-19 – Public policy on exemptions to work permit conditions when changing employment

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

May 12, 2020

A temporary public policy has been issued on the exemption from certain requirements when a temporary worker is changing employment. This public policy comes into effect on May 12, 2020, and remains in effect until it is revoked by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

The Centralized Network will be reviewing the requests for consideration under the public policy for temporary workers in Canada who are changing jobs and need urgent labour mobility.

Biometrics may be waived for workers deemed eligible under the public policy, if the Service Canada office serving the area where the applicant lives is temporarily closed and is not collecting biometrics due to the pandemic. The instructions provide information on when and how to apply this waiver.

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