Program delivery update: COVID-19 – Public policy exempting certain visitors in Canada from immigration requirements

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

April 1, 2021

The temporary public policy that allows certain temporary residents in Canada with visitor status to apply for a work permit from within Canada has been extended until August 31, 2021. While all visitors in Canada can apply for an employer-specific work permit under the public policy, only those who held a work permit in the last 12 months may request interim authorization to work. This public policy has also been expanded to allow any visitor who has a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they initially entered Canada.

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