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Visitor visa holders can now work and settle in Canada thanks to new policies !

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March 2, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

How to change visitor visa to work visa

What are the New Changes on work permit holders in Canada, and can I change my visitor visa to a work visa?

Canada has made it possible for individuals who hold a Visitor visa to have the opportunity to work and potentially become permanent residents, this is a major change when it comes to Visitor visa holders to work in Canada in 2023 as the Canadian government has recently on 28th February 2023  announced a new update regarding work permits for foreign visitors who are currently residing in Canada. This temporary policy has been extended for an additional two years, allowing visitors to continue applying for work permits while on a Visitors Visa.

This policy was first introduced in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had caused disruptions in international travel and prevented many foreign visitors from returning to their home countries. There were various temporary policies aimed to address this issue by allowing eligible visitors who were already in Canada to easily apply for work permits without having to leave the country.

Under this policy, visitors who meet certain eligibility criteria, such as holding a valid visitor status or having applied for an extension of their visitor status, may be able to apply for a work permit from within Canada.


What are the eligibility criteria for you to work in Canada with a valid visitor visa

  1. The status of your visa should be valid when you apply for a work permit.
  2. Have a valid job offer which is supported by the Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA-exempt offer.
  3. Apply for an employer-specific work permit (not later than 28th Feb) and also meet other standard criteria.

Interim-authorization to work in Canada

The interim authorization to work in Canada is designed to help foreign nationals who are already in Canada and have submitted a work permit application, but whose application has not yet been processed. Without the interim authorization, these individuals would not be able to work while their application is being processed, which could cause financial difficulties and other challenges.


Overall, the extension of this temporary policy will provide significant benefits for both foreign visitors and Canadian employers. It will help to address the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and enable skilled workers to continue contributing to the Canadian economy while they are in the country.


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