The Trudeau government has recently announced an extension of a temporary policy that allowed visitors to apply for work permits while living in the country. The announcement stated that the temporary policy had been extended by 2 years.
Reports revealed that the visitors eligible for work permits under the policy also included those who held a work permit within the past 12 months, further allowing them to request interim work authorisation which will subsequently facilitate a quicker timeline to work for the new employer.
Established in the Covid era, the temporary policy allowing visitors to work while living in Canada was set to expire at the end of February this year, which will now expire on February 28, 2025.
It had been reported that the unemployment rate in Canada was set at 5%, as of January. The December 2022 data from Statistics Canada also revealed a dip in the number of job vacancies in the country from 1 million earlier in 2022 to 848,000 in December.
With a decrease in the number of job vacancies, Canada was also able to create 326,000 jobs since September. This has subsequently increased the number of Canadians employed to over 20 million for the first time.
Before the temporary policy, foreign nationals needed to apply for an initial work permit even before entering Canada. Visitors in Canada, who wished to work while living in the country, were required to leave the country to be issued a work permit for the same.
However, with the renewed temporary policy, visitors can continue to work in Canada by applying for a visa while living in the country. Outlined here is the eligibility for the temporary public policy:
Applicants should have a valid visitor status in Canada on the date of application.
They should also hold a job offer supported by the labour market impact assessment (LMIA) or hold an LMIA-exempt employment offer.
They must also apply for the employer-specific work permit before Feb 28, 2025.
Along with this, candidates must also meet all the standard eligibility criteria.
The reports have also highlighted the definition of a valid job offer, i.e. a full-time and non-seasonal offer that lasts for at least 1 year and is listed as a skilled job in TEER categories 0, 1, 2, or 3 as per the 2021 National Occupational Classification.
Guidelines also outline the parameters that constitute a job, which should be in writing and highlight all the details of the job, including the pay and deductions, the job roles and duties as well as the conditions of employment like the working hours.
Additionally, a valid job offer should be supported by the Labour Market Impact Assessment, in most cases. The respective employers can apply for the same from Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada.
Source: Economic Times
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