The coronavirus pandemic has rattled the whole world for almost a year now. It has affected countless lives all over the world and in Canada. It has forced many countries to put in travel restrictions and change their immigration and visa rules to control the spread of the disease. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the economy and caused many local businesses to partially or fully shut down.
This has made foreign nationals in Canada vulnerable to losing their jobs and their legal status in the country. Foreign workers and international students who come to Canada to work and study are worried about their futures.
A vast proportion of the Canadian workforce is made up of foreign nationals. They have been affected by the spread of coronavirus and are worried that losing their jobs will affect their Canadian immigration applications.
However, it is time to act quickly and intelligently. There are ways to stay in Canada even after losing your job.
Based on the validity of your current status as a temporary worker, student or visitor, you can apply for a visa extension, change your status or apply for a new permit. You need to identify your situation and act accordingly to maintain your legal status during these turbulent times.
Step 1: Understanding Your Work Permit
The first step is to identify the kind of work permit you hold. If you have a closed work permit, also known as an employer-specific work permit, you can stay in Canada until your work permit expires even if you lose your job.
However, you can not work for any other employer. If you wish to work for a different employer, you’ll have to apply for an open work permit.
You can also apply for temporary resident status as a visitor or student provided you meet the conditions and apply before your current work permit expires.
If you have an open work permit, you must know what type of open work permit is renewable. If you have an open work permit, you can apply for a renewal and stay in Canada on implied status until a decision is made. If your renewal application is approved, you can continue to work or look for a new job.