Work Permit Application Policy Extended for Visitors in Canada – A Boon for Employers Facing Labour Shortages


In a significant move, the Canadian government has extended the temporary public policy allowing visitors in the country to apply for work permits without leaving Canada. This policy, initially introduced as a COVID-era measure, was set to expire on February 28, 2023, but has now been extended by two years, until February 28, 2025. This decision greatly benefits employers in Canada, who are currently facing labour shortages amidst a period of economic expansion.

Benefits of the Extended Policy

Prior to this temporary policy change, foreign nationals seeking to work in Canada were required to apply for their initial work permit before entering the country. If they had already arrived in Canada with visitor status and were approved for a work permit, they would need to leave Canada to be issued their work permit. Thanks to the extension of this policy, leaving the country is no longer necessary.

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

To be considered under this provisional public policy, candidates must:

– Hold a valid visitor status in Canada on the day of application
– Possess a job offer endorsed by a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) or an offer of employment exempt from LMIA requirements
– Apply for an employer-specific work permit before the deadline of February 28, 2025
– Fulfill all additional customary eligibility conditions

Interim Work Authorization for Applicants with Previous Work Permits

Applicants who currently hold visitor status but have had a valid work permit within the past 12 months can follow special instructions to obtain interim work authorization. This allows them to start working for their new employer before their work permit application is finalized.


The extension of the temporary public policy for work permit applications is a welcome relief for both foreign nationals and Canadian employers. By allowing visitors to apply for and receive work permits without leaving the country, the government has provided a practical solution to address labour shortages during a crucial period of economic growth. This move not only benefits the Canadian economy but also simplifies the process for foreign nationals seeking employment opportunities in Canada.

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