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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Canada extended the interim authorization to work policy for temporary residents to February 2023


Canada extended the interim authorization to work policy for temporary residents to February 2023

The government of Canada has extended temporary COVID-19 measures for Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) holders introduced in August 2020, until February 28, 2023.


This policy allows TRV holders in Canada to apply for employer-specific work permits from within Canada without leaving the country. Before, individuals holding TRV were not able to change their status in Canada without leaving the country.


A former work permit holder who converted to visitor status may also be eligible for interim authorization to work if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • have valid temporary resident status at the time of work permit application submission and have remained in Canada with status since

  • held a valid work permit in the 12 months preceding the date on which they submitted their application for a work permit under this public policy, even though they are now only a visitor

  • intend to work for the employer and occupation specified by the LMIA or LMIA-exempt offer of employment included in their work permit application submitted under the public policy

  • have applied to IRCC for the interim authorization to work as per this public policy using the IRCC Web form and

  • have requested that the authorization to work be applicable until a decision is made on their work permit application

Foreign nationals who are eligible must use the IRCC Web form to request an interim authorization to work.




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