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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Foreign workers
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Foreign workers

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Foreign workers In Canda

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Foreign workers
Foreign workers

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We recognize that the travel restrictions will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop most non-essentialFootnote1 (discretionary) travel to Canada

Travel restrictions and exemptions for temporary workers

As a temporary worker, you’re exempt from travel restrictions if you’re coming for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose.

Certain people who can work without a permit may also be exempt from travel restrictions.

Essential (non-discretionary) travel for a temporary worker

Essential refers to travel for reasons that are non-discretionary and non-optional. The emergency orders under the Quarantine Act do not allow people to travel to Canada for optional or discretionary reasons, such as for tourism, recreation or entertainment.

As a worker, your travel is essential (non-discretionary) if you’re in either of these situations:

  • You have a valid work permit and normally live in Canada.
    • This applies even if you’ve been laid off.
  • You’re a worker who meets all of the following:
    • has a letter of introduction for a work permit (open or employer-specific)
    • has a valid job offer
    • can work once you enter Canada and complete your 14-day quarantine (unless you’re exempt)

Non essential (discretionary) travel for a temporary worker

 

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If you haven’t applied for a work permit yet

Due to the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we can’t

  • process applications normally
  • provide accurate processing times

We’re prioritizing some applications, including

  • Canadians trying to return to Canada
  • vulnerable people
  • people who perform or support essential services such as agriculture, agri-food, health-care-related occupations.

To keep processing applications from people who are exempt from the travel restrictions, we’re temporarily changing how you can apply to visit, work or study in Canada.

You must apply online when you apply for a

  • work permit from outside Canada
  • visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA), if you need one and you’re eligible to work without a permit

You cannot apply for a work permit at a Canadian port of entry during this time unless you meet these 3 conditions:

  • You’re entering Canada from the United States.
    • You cannot travel from inside Canada to the port of entry (in other words, you cannot “flagpole”).
  • You have a valid job offer and meet all other requirements to apply at a port of entry.
  • You have a plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

Completing your application

Office closures or service changes due to COVID-19 may affect how you complete some steps in the application process. Find out how COVID-19 has affected

  • biometrics
  • IRCC offices and VACs
  • immigration medical exams

If you’ve been approved for a work permit

When you travel, show the following documents to show that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions:

  • passport or travel document, and
  • proof that you’re allowed to work in Canada, specifically
    • a valid work permit or
    • a port of entry letter of introduction that shows that you were approved for a work permit

Health requirements for travellers to Canada

To travel to Canada, you must

  • follow all public health measures for travellers
  • have a plan to quarantine for 14 days

 

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Temporary workers already in Canada

If you’re already in Canada, in most cases, you must apply online to extend or get a new work permit.

If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there is a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.

Due to restrictions on non-essential travel at the U.S.-Canada border, you can’t travel from inside Canada to apply at a port of entry.

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants

As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption.

If your work permit hasn’t expired

Most workers have 2 options:

  1. If you want to continue working, you may be able to extend your work permitif you’re eligible.
  2. If you’re no longer working, you can apply to change your status to visitor, as long as your work permit has not expired.
    • Find out how to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor:
      • For more information, see Guide 5551 – Applying to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada – Online application.

When you apply, make sure you include a note explaining why you need to extend your stay in Canada.

If you change jobs or employers

If you have an employer-specific work permit and you want to change jobs or employers, you must apply for a new work permit from inside Canada. International Experience Canada (IEC) participants must first check that they can change employers with an IEC work permit.

However, you don’t need to wait until your work permit application is approved to start your new job or work for a new employer. You just need an email from IRCC that says you have permission to change jobs.

As always, open work permit holders can change employers at any time.

Who’s eligible:
  • work permit holders
  • workers who can work without a work permit (this does not include business visitors or short-term workers under the Global Skills Strategy)
How to apply

To change jobs or employers, follow these steps:

Step 1: Apply for your work permit

Apply for a new work permit from inside Canada.

Most people must apply online.

If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there is a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.

Step 2: Fill out the IRCC Web form

After you apply, fill out the IRCC Web form.

When you fill out the Your enquiry section, you must copy the text below that applies to your situation. Make sure you fill out the sections in square brackets, including the

  • dates
  • name(s) of employer(s)
  • title of your job

If you applied on paper and don’t know your application number, include your courier tracking number. This will ensure we can find your application.

If you have other questions, you need to fill out a new IRCC Web form.

Message that work permit holders changing jobs or employers need to paste into the Web form

Priority Code PPCHANGEWORK2020: I am requesting consideration under the Temporary public policy to exempt foreign

nationals in Canada from certain requirements when changing employment during the coronavirus pandemic and request that the applicable exemptions be granted until the decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

I attest that: I hold/held a work permit valid until [DATE] for employer [NAME] / in occupation [JOB TITLE] and I have received new job offer for [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online OR I submitted my application by paper and the postal/courier tracking number is [NUMBER].

I intend to work for the [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE] specified in the afore-mentioned work permit application.

 

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I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

Message that workers who have been work permit exempt need to paste into the Web form

Priority Code PPCHANGEWORK2020: I am requesting consideration under the Temporary public policy to exempt foreign nationals in Canada from certain requirements when changing employment during the coronavirus pandemic and request that the applicable exemptions be granted until the decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

I attest that: I am/was authorized to work without a work permit for employer [NAME] / in occupation [JOB TITLE] until [DATE] and I have received a new job offer for [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online OR I submitted my application by paper and the postal/ Courier tracking number is NUMBER.

I intend to work for the [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE] specified in the afore-mentioned work permit.

I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

If your status as a worker has expired

You may be able to restore your status.

Work without a work permit

Only the following people can work without a permit and are exempt from the travel restrictions:

emergency service providers

  • As an emergency service provider, you’ll help out in an emergency. You’ll be in Canada to immediately help preserve life or property.

health-care students

  • As a health-care student
    • you’re doing clinical clerkships
    • the main goal of your work is training
    • you have written approval from the board that regulates your job (note that certain provinces do not need written approval, and
    • your training will last less than 4 months.

If your training will last more than 4 months, or if you do not meet the other conditions listed above, you need a work permit.

any person whose purpose is to make medical deliveries

  • You’ll deliver cells, blood and blood products, tissues, organs or other body parts that are needed for patient care in Canada.
  • any person whose purpose is to deliver, maintain or repair medical equipment or devices
  • air or marine crew members

Applying for a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA)

Even if you can work without a work permit, you may still need a visitor visa or eTA to enter Canada.

We’ve temporarily changed how to apply for a visitor visa or eTA to ensure that your application is processed.

How to apply to a visitor visa or eTA

When you travel to Canada

 

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You need to show airline staff that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. To do this, show the following documents to airline personnel when you’re boarding your flight:

  • Passport or travel document
  • Proof that you’re exempt from travel restrictions, such as:
    • Emergency services providers: a letter of invitation from a relevant organization in Canada (government or non-government organization).
    • Health-care students: a letter of invitation from a relevant teaching institution.
    • Marine crew joining vessels: a joining letter from shipping agents.

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