BREAKING: Tourists in Canada now allowed to apply for a Work Permit

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Temporary Residents can now apply for Work Permits without having to leave Canada, thanks to a new policy being introduced by the Government of Canada.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made the announcement, saying that it will benefit Temporary Residents who are already in Canada and have a job offer from a Canadian Employer.

This new police only applies to Temporary Residents who arrived in Canada before August 24, 2020.

Temporary Residents, including those on a Super Visa and those who were originally exempted from applying for a Work Permit under the Global Skills Strategy can now apply for a Work Permit.

Temporary Residents must meet the minimum requirements to apply.

Before the new policy, Temporary Residents would have needed to apply for their Work Permits prior to arriving in Canada.

Before the new policy, Temporary Residents who are approved for a Work Permit had to leave Canada and return in order to receive their new Work Permit.

IRCC announced the new policy, which is seen to benefit Canadian Employers who are experiencing some difficulty meeting their staffing requirements during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister for immigration, said in the statement that IRCC has “heard from employers who continue to face challenges recruiting and hiring the workers they need during the pandemic. This exemption from the normal temporary work permit requirements is aimed at removing barriers to create a more agile workforce that leverages visitors with the skills and experience to accelerate our economic recovery.”

The new IRCC policy continues to advise Temporary Residents to make sure that they maintain their current immigration status.

Due to travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world, many Temporary Residents in Canada have been unable to leave.

The new IRCC policy will allow Temporary Residents to apply for a Work Permit without having to leave Canada.


Temporary Residents must be able to meet the minimum requirements to be able to apply for a Work Permit under the new IRCC policy, including:

  • Must have valid status as a Temporary Resident before August 20, 2020.
  • Must have a Job Offer from a Canadian Employer (LMIA or LMIA-exempt job offers submitted before March 31, 2021)

Temporary Residents who meet this criteria, as well as Temporary Foreign Workers who had a valid Work Permit in the 12 months prior to application will be able to work for the new Canadian Employer before the new Work Permit has been approved.

To find out more about the new IRCC policy, contact them directly using the official web form that can be found here.

To read more about the new IRCC policy, click here. is NOT affiliated with the Government of Canada, the Philippine Government, or any Philippine recruitment agencies or Canadian immigration consultants or lawyers.

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