Effective immediately, most temporary foreign workers who have worked in Canada for four years will no longer have to leave Canada for four years before they can apply for subsequent work permits. Previously, most temporary foreign workers were eligible to reside in Canada to work for a maximum of up to four years. After working in Canada for four years, they would have to leave Canada for another four years before they could apply for another work permit. In an effort to greatly reduce uncertainty and instability for both temporary foreign workers and employers, this four-year “cumulative duration” rule has been eliminated.

This change is the first of many upcoming changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program aimed at making the program work for workers, for employers, and for the Canadian economy. Employers will be advised as further changes come into effect in the New Year. These will include updated pathways to permanent residency to enable temporary foreign workers to more fully contribute to Canadian society.

Maximum validity periods will continue to apply to certain categories of work permits, including intra-company transferees (5 years or 7 years), NAFTA professionals (3 years per renewal), and post-graduate work permits (3 years).

 


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Michael Freeman

The team at Borders - specifically Devika and Jenny - were an extraordinary support in navigating the Permanent Residency process. They were responsive and easily available, and incredibly detailed and thorough in their work. I strongly recommend them for anyone navigating the immigration process, and feel so grateful for their expertise and kindness that made a tricky process feel smooth.

Amit Pandey

We wanted to write sincere thanks to John, Devika and Borders Law firm for the help throughout the process. John was extremely kind and thorough and he counselled with suitable options available for me on migration to Canada, documentation submissions, query resolutions, visa processing and continued personal support and follow up until the last step I am beyond grateful for their kindness and service. I will be using them for any changes to our companies immigration needs going forward. Would recommend this firm for anybody blindly looking for immigration help. They would guide you with complete transparency and professionalism. Thank you once again.

Annie Caplan

Devika and John were excellent. They understood how this process would change my life and helped me get to the US. John was extremely kind and thorough. When my employer in the US ended up trying to take advantage of me, they helped me transfer my visa to a new employer and had so much empathy for my situation and now I have a job in California that makes me so happy while helping others. I am beyond grateful for their kindness and service. I will be using them for any changes to my status going forward.

Bhumika Kashyap

My husband and I had great experience working with Border Law Firm from beginning to end. They answered all my questions and mention the best option First, to get my husband spousal open work permit approval and Second, to get my permanent residence. I am very thankful to Devika Ma'am and Jenny they give great and detailed advice on each part of your application. They were very professional and punctual at their response throughout the process.

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