Canada released more detailed information on who is eligible for a new temporary policy that benefits temporary residents with job offers.
The new policy, announced last month, allows eligible foreign nationals with valid status to apply for a job offer-supported work permit from inside Canada. It also means that eligible foreign nationals will not be denied a work permit if they have not complied with certain temporary residence conditions. In addition, eligible former temporary foreign workers may be allowed to work while a decision on their work permit is pending.
In order to be eligible to apply for an employer-specific work permit without leaving the country, the foreign national needs to have legal visitor status in Canada. They may also be in Canada on implied status.
They need to have been physically present in Canada on August 24, 2020 and have not left the country since. They can only be submitting an application for an employer-specific work permit.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officers are instructed to consider the expiry date of the period of authorized stay to be the decision date on the submitted application.
Temporary workers who converted to “visitor” status are also authorized to work as long as they meet the following eligibility requirements:
Travelling to the border for immigration services is considered “non-essential travel.” Before coronavirus hit, foreign nationals would have to leave the country and come back in order to “activate” the visa. The practise was barred in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino previously said that the new measure will help temporary foreign workers and Canadian employers alike, by allowing them to skip this step while coronavirus measures are still in force.
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