IRCC extends Interim Authorization to Work policy for TRVs in Canada until February 2023

Visitors in Canada can apply for a work permit and request Interim Authorization to Work if they held a valid work permit in the last 12 months

Canada has extended temporary COVID-19 measures for another year for eligible Temporary Resident Visa Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) holders who are in Canada and want to apply for a work permit supported by a job offer without leaving the country. These pandemic measures, originally introduced in August 2020, will now be in effect until February 28, 2023.

The public policy not only allows valid TRV holders in Canada to apply for employer-specific work permits from inside Canada, it also allows eligible visitors to start working before even receiving the work permit.

This is a temporary regulatory change as normally foreign workers who are in Canada on a TRV cannot change status without leaving the country.