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IRCC Extends Work Permit Eligibility for Visitors with Valid Job Offers

IRCC Extends Work Permit Eligibility for Visitors with Valid Job Offers

IRCC Extends Work Permit Eligibility for Visitors with Valid Job Offers

May 1, 2023
IRCC Extends Work Permit Eligibility for Visitors with Valid Job Offers

In a recent announcement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended a policy that allows foreign nationals visiting Canada to apply for work permits if they receive valid job offers. This policy, initially introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, was set to expire soon but has been prolonged to provide more opportunities for individuals seeking work in the country. In this blog post, we will explore the details of this extension, the eligibility criteria, and how XYZ Immigration can assist applicants with the process.

IRCC’s Extended Policy

Under the extended policy, any foreign national with valid visitor status in Canada can now apply for a work permit upon receiving a job offer. The policy is applicable to individuals who have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day of their application. To be eligible, the job offer must be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or be LMIA-exempt. Applicants must submit an application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025, and meet all other standard admissibility criteria.

Understanding Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs)

A crucial aspect of the policy is the requirement for a positive or neutral Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for the job offer. An LMIA is an application made by employers to evaluate the potential impact of hiring foreign workers on the Canadian economy. If the impact is assessed as negative by ESDC, the employer will not be eligible to hire foreign nationals. A valid job offer is defined as a written offer for a full-time, non-seasonal position for one year or more, contingent upon the applicant being accepted as a permanent resident.

Interim Work Authorization

Those who currently have visitor status in Canada and have held a valid work permit in the past 12 months can follow special instructions to obtain interim work authorization. This allows them to start working for their new employer while their work permit application is being processed, eliminating the need to wait for the permit to be finalized before commencing employment.

IRCC’s extension of the policy that allows visitors in Canada to obtain work permits with valid job offers presents an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking employment in the country. By understanding the eligibility criteria and the importance of Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs), applicants can make informed decisions and take advantage of this policy extension. With the assistance of XYZ Immigration, the application process can be streamlined and simplified, ensuring a smoother transition into the Canadian workforce.

How We Can Help

Navigating the complex immigration process can be overwhelming, but ASI Immigration is here to provide expert guidance and support. With our extensive knowledge and experience, we can assist you in preparing and submitting your work permit application under the extended policy. Our team will ensure that your application meets all the necessary requirements and provides the best chances of success. From guiding you through the LMIA process to offering advice on documentation and eligibility, we are dedicated to making your immigration journey smoother and more efficient.


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