Old temp workers in Canada can get new work permit

Visitors apply work permit within Canada

Good news again from Canada! A new facility has been decided to be implemented wherein international visitors in Canada holding a job offer can apply for a work permit. The catch though is that these visitors should have arrived in Canada before August 24, 2020.

Wondering how this helps? Until now, any person who applied for a work permit would either be applying from outside Canada or from within Canada, hence requiring to leave the country and return to bring the permit into effect. Now, the temporary residents in Canada applying for work permits wouldn’t have to leave the country to return to activate a Canadian work permit.

This benefits the employers in Canada who need workers especially after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will not have to wait for the potential immigrants to fill their job vacancies. On the flip side, it also makes life easier for the immigrant workers who can now save time, money, and effort of going out to come back.

As Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Immigration Minister opines, this move will achieve the purpose of removing barriers so that a more agile workforce is created. It will set job opportunities for visitors in Canada possessing the experience and skills needed to drive the development of the Canadian economy.

Due to travel restrictions owing to COVID-19, many temporary workers stuck in Canada have had to change their status to “visitors” to stay on legally. Now, by meeting certain criteria these workers can start working for a new employer with a new work permit Canada offers. These criteria are:

  • The applicant must have a valid “visitor” status in Canada on August 24, 2020, and an intention to stay in Canada
  • The applicant must have a job offer from an employer in Canada
  • The candidate must apply for an employer-specific work permit that’s supported by an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) or a job offer exempt of LMIA submitted before March 31, 2021
  • The applicant must meet all other standard criteria for admissibility

The candidates that meet all these criteria and had possessed a valid work permit in the 12 months before putting in the application can start working for the new employer; so much that their new work permit could be due to be fully approved.

Now, to work in Canada is a more conveniently realizable prospect with the Canadian government offering all kinds of support it can offer.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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