How To Change Your Canada’s Visitor Visa to Work Visa

The Government of Canada have been finding different ways to accommodate immigrants and visitors even in the face of Covid-19 pandemic.

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On August 24, 2020 the IRCC released news that gives visitors who are currently in Canada having a valid job offer ability to apply for an employer-specific work permit and if approve can start working without leaving the country.

This new policy arises due to complaint from companies of having low number of workers and the border closure due to COVID-19. It will also help to increase skilled labour especially during these pandemic period.

The policy took effect immediately when Honorable Marco Mendocino, Minister of Immigration, Canada announced it as a temporary policy change to allow the visitors already in Canada the opportunity to work without leaving the country.

“ The measures introduced today will now allow visitors to apply for work permits without having to leave the country first. This exemption from the normal temporary work permit requirements is aimed at removing barriers to create a more agile workforce that leverages visitors with the skills and experience to accelerate our economic recovery.”

Qualifications For Temporary Visitor Visa to Work Visa Policy

These Visa change is definitely not for all visitors. The following are required to be eligible for this policy change;

  1. Applicants must submit an application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than August 31, 2021
  2. An applicant must have a valid status in Canada as a visitor from the day of these announcement and remain in Canada
  3. The applicant must already have a job offer
  4. The applicant must meet all other admissibility criteria. Since August, 2020 when these policy change was launched, More than 1,000 people with visitor status have applied for a work permit through it.
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