Work visas are still available for visitors to Canada

Visitors in Canada continue to have access to work permits

The IRCC announced the continuation of a temporary policy that was implemented a year ago to assist firms in finding workers and to allow temporary residents to work.

Canada has stated that a coronavirus-related measure allowing travellers to get work permits would be extended until February 28, 2022.

Normally, foreign employees in Canada on a visitor’s visa cannot change status without leaving the country, therefore this is a temporary regulation change.

When it was first implemented, the measure was meant to assist employers who were having problems hiring workers, as well as to allow tourists who were experiencing visa issues owing to the epidemic to access the labour market.

Some visitors were unable to leave the nation due to limited air travel globally, while some foreign workers were forced to alter their status to “visitor” because their work licences had expired and they were unable to apply for new ones due to a shortage of employment.

Initially, the policy enabled all travellers to apply for a work visa if they arrived in Canada before August 24 and had valid temporary residence status. Since then, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have broadened the requirements to cover all visitors, regardless of when they arrived in Canada.

Those with visitor status must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for an employer-specific work permit:

  • be in Canada with a valid temporary resident status as a visitor, including maintained status, when they submit the work permit application.
  • have submitted an employer-specific work permit application.
  • continue in Canada with a valid status.
  • submit the application before February 28, 2022.

Foreign nationals who match the following criteria and have held a valid Canadian work permit for the past 12 months are also eligible to apply for temporary work authorization for their new employer while their application is being processed.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply for interim work authorization:

  • have valid temporary status  when they submit their application and remain in Canada with status;
  • intend to work for their employer and in the occupation specified on their work permit application;
  • complete an IRCC Web form.

This extension will benefit travellers who have been allowed to visit Canada despite the coronavirus’s travel restrictions.

Travel restrictions have been loosening since August, with the border reopening to US citizens and, as of September 7, 2021, all properly vaccinated international passengers.

While Canada is in a better position than many other countries, the epidemic is nevertheless having a substantial economic and social impact.

As a result, the government is redoubling its efforts to boost its workforce by allowing both current and new immigrants to contribute to the country’s economic recovery and labour market strength.

According to the most recent labour market data, there were 815,800 job opportunities in June, the largest number since Statistics Canada began collecting data in October 2020.

According to a recent RBC analysis, the labour shortfall could intensify in the coming months.

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