New temporary public policy will allow Visitors [Foreign Nationals] to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada

Date Announced:

August 24, 2020

Active Period:

Aug 24, 2020 - March 31, 2021. Extended on March 29, 2021 until Aug 31, 2021. Extended Aug 31, 2021 until February 28, 2022. Extended March 1, 2022 until February 28, 2023.


Visitors (Foreign Nationals) who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country. This policy includes super visa holders, business Visitors (Foreign Nationals) and Global Skills Strategy work permit holders.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Visitors


business visitors | employer-specific work permit | Global Skills Strategy | labour shortage | super visa holders

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