COVID-19 – Public policy on exemptions to work permit conditions when changing employment

Date Announced:

May 12, 2020

Active Period:

May 12, 2020 until further notice.


Biometrics may be waived for temporary foreign workers on closed permits already in Canada who are changing employment. The policy applies if the Service Canada office serving the area where the applicant lives is temporarily closed and is not collecting biometrics due to the pandemic.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Temporary foreign workers | Temporary residents


biometrics | closed permits

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