Requirements for foreign workers in Canada have been temporarily reduced

On May 12, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released an update of the regulation for the temporary workers who change employment. Effective today, temporary workers with employer-specific work permits who have lost their jobs due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic don’t need to wait for a new work permit to be issued before starting to work for a new employer but must get a confirmation to start working from the IRCC. Nevertheless, the new employer still must obtain a positive LMIA. The processing time of the new work permit for such workers is significantly reduced to ten days. IRCC issued about 190,000 employer-specific work permits in 2019. Besides that, IRCC may waive the biometrics requirement if the Service Canada office in the given location is closed.

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