Extension of public policy allowing Visitors to apply for work permits inside Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

Date Announced:

March 29, 2021

Active Period:

Extended until August 31, 2021.


A temporary public policy that allows Visitors (Foreign Nationals) to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave Canada will be extended to August 31, 2021. The criteria will also be modified to allow any visitor who has a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they initially entered Canada.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Temporary foreign workers | Temporary residents | Visitors


employer-specific work permit | work permit

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