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Canada Extends Policy For Visitors to Get Work Permit With A Valid Job Offer

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Canada Work Permits

Canada Extends Policy For Visitors to Get Work Permit With A Valid Job Offer


Effective February 28, 2023 any foreign national who is a visitor in Canada and receives a job offer while in Canada can now apply for and receive a work permit if they have a valid job offer. Visitors can continue to apply for a job from within Canada under an extension of an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policy that was implemented during the pandemic, and will remain in effect for 2 years, until February 28, 2025. Previously, a visitor to Canada who received a job offer had to leave the country to apply for a work permit.

A valid job offer must meet the following criteria:

  1. A written offer of a full-time, non-seasonal job for one year or more;
  2. acceptance as a permanent resident; and
  3. a positive or neutral Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada. The offer may also be LMIA-exempt.

Work permits are required for any foreign nationals who want to work during their temporary term in Canada. A Canada visitor who wants to apply for a work permit under this IRCC temporary public policy must:

  1. submit an application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025
  2. have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
  3. meet all other standard admissibility criteria
  4. have a job offer that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment.

Applicants who have a current visitor status but have held a valid work permit within the last year can receive interim work authorization to begin employment with their new employer while they are still completing their work permit application.

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Canda Is Experiencing a Labour Shortage

The visitor eligibility to apply for a work permit policy and other actions by Canada's government have been put in place to help address Canada's worker shortage. With one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country’s history, Canada has been implementing new policies and programs to:

  • make it easier for qualified immigrants to move to Canada and fill urgently needed job vacancies
  • help employers hire qualified foreign workers
  • simplify and speed up the immigration process

Due to Canada's ongoing labour shortage, Canada plans to welcome nearly 500,000 immigrants yearly, and from 2023 - 2025, Canada plans to welcome 1.45 million immigrants.

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Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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