A temporary public policy has been issued to allow certain temporary residents in Canada with a visitor status to apply for a work permit from within Canada. While all visitors in Canada can apply for an employer-specific work permit under the public policy, only those who held a work permit in the last 12 months may request interim authorization to work.

The public policy came into effect on August 24, 2020 and is extended until February 28, 2023. The eligibility criteria will allow all visitors who are in Canada with valid temporary resident status, to apply inland for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of when they arrived in Canada.

This public policy will: permit eligible foreign nationals with valid temporary resident status as visitors to apply for a job offer-supported work permit from inside Canada; exempt eligible foreign nationals from the requirement that a work permit not be issued if they have not complied with certain temporary residence conditions; and allow eligible former temporary foreign workers to work while a decision on their work permit application is pending.

These instructions in the Public Policy do not apply to the Canada Border Services Agency, as applicants are not eligible to apply for this program at the port of entry. At NPZ Law Group, our U.S. and Canadian lawyers seek to assist clients with regard to employment and family immigration issues. If you or your friends or family should have any questions about any aspect of the Canadian Immigration Law, please feel free to contact us at or you can call our office at 201-670-0006 (ext. 104). We look forward to being able to assist you.