FROM IRCC: TEMPORARY PUBLIC POLICY ON THE EXEMPTION FROM CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WHEN A TEMPORARY WORKER IS CHANGING EMPLOYMENT.
This public policy comes into effect on May 12, 2020, and remains in effect until it is revoked by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. These measures are set out to enable temporary workers in Canada with authorization to work in Canada (that is, a valid work permit or authorization to work without a permit) who are required to obtain a new employer-specific work permit before commencing a new job to begin working in a new job while their work permit application is pending. The measures include an exemption from providing biometrics in support of the work permit application if the Service Canada office serving the area where the applicant lives is temporarily closed and is not collecting biometrics due to the pandemic.
Individuals expected to benefit from these measures include foreign nationals who
- have implied status, meaning they are authorized to work while their work permit application is pending, but are bound to the conditions imposed on their expired work permit, such that they cannot move to a new occupation or employer while on implied status
- continue to hold a valid work permit that limits them to working for a named employer, but need to transition to a different occupation or employer for reasons that may include having been laid off due to COVID-19 impacts
- are work permit exempt, but require a work permit to work in a new occupation or for a new employer
The foreign national
- is in Canada with valid temporary resident status (including implied status);
- held a valid work permit or was authorized to work without a work permit when their application for a new work permit or work permit renewal in Canada was submitted;
- has submitted a new work permit application or a work permit renewal application in Canada for an employer-specific work permit, for which a decision has not yet been made;
- intends to work for a new employer and/or occupation as specified by the job offer included in their work permit application;
- has applied for the public policy exemption using the electronic means identified by the department for that purpose; and
- has requested that the exemption be applicable until a decision is made on their work permit application.