Extend or change the conditions on your work permit: Changing jobs or employers

If you have an employer-specific work permit and you want to change jobs or employers in Canada, you must apply for a new work permit.

Due to COVID-19, you may not need to wait until your work permit application is approved to start your new job or work for a new employer if you’re eligible. You just need an email from IRCC that says you have permission to change jobs.

As always, open work permit holders can change employers at any time while their work permit is valid.

Who’s eligible

You must meet 2 conditions:

How to apply

To change jobs or employers, follow these steps after you apply for your new employer-specific work permit:

Step 1: Fill out the IRCC web form

When you fill out the Your enquiry section of the IRCC web form, you must copy the text below that applies to your situation. Make sure you fill out the sections in square brackets, including the

If you applied on paper and don’t know your application number, include your courier tracking number. This will ensure we can find your application.

If you have other questions, you need to fill out a new IRCC web form.

Avoid delays

You must include the code PPCHANGEWORK2020 when you copy and paste the text below. We can’t prioritize your request without this code.

Message that work permit holders changing jobs or employers need to paste into the web form:

Priority Code PPCHANGEWORK2020: I am requesting consideration under the temporary public policy to exempt foreign nationals in Canada from certain requirements when changing employment during the coronavirus pandemic and request that the applicable exemptions be granted until the decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

I attest that: I hold/held a work permit valid until [DATE] for employer [name] / in occupation [job title] and I have received new job offer for [new employer name] / [new occupation job title].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online or I submitted my application by paper and the postal/courier tracking number is [number].

I intend to work for the [new employer name] / [new occupation job title] specified in the aforementioned work permit application.

I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

Message that workers who have been work permit exempt need to paste into the web form:

Priority Code PPCHANGEWORK2020: I am requesting consideration under the Temporary public policy to exempt foreign nationals in Canada from certain requirements when changing employment during the coronavirus pandemic and request that the applicable exemptions be granted until the decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

I attest that: I am/was authorized to work without a work permit for employer [name] / in occupation [job title] until [DATE] and I have received a new job offer for [new employer name] / [new occupation job title].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online or I submitted my application by paper and the postal/ Courier tracking number is number.

I intend to work for the [new employer name] / [new occupation job title] specified in the aforementioned work permit.

I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

Step 2: Wait for our email

Wait for us to send you an email. It will confirm that you can start your new job or work for your new employer while we process your application.

If you applied online for your work permit, the email should arrive in about 6 to 8 weeks. If you applied on paper, it may take longer.

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