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Apply for work permits inside Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: Mar 30, 2021

Extension of public policy allowing visitors to apply for work permits inside Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic


Ottawa, March 29, 2021—A temporary public policy that allows visitors to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave Canada will be extended to August 31, 2021. The criteria will also be modified 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.

Effective April 1, 2021, 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 remained in Canada with valid status

  • have a valid job offer

  • submit an in-Canada 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 August 31, 2021

  • meet all other standard admissibility criteria


For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.

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