On Monday, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced a “limited number” of temporary work visas would be available to Canadians starting in February.
This would allow them to enter Canada on a business trip and work for up to 12 months.
This, the minister said, would help with the “unemployment crisis” in Canada and the U.S. The government has been issuing temporary work visa for several months now, but only a handful of them have been able to enter Canadian cities.
Alexander also said it would allow Canadian businesses to hire more workers without the fear of being subject to border controls.
“In light of recent events, the Canadian Government has decided to issue limited number of temporary visas for Canadian nationals seeking to temporarily relocate to the United States,” he said in a statement.
“These visas will only be available in January, February, and March.”
While the details of the temporary visas are not clear, the Minister of Immigration said it will be “limited in number.”
While some of the details on how the temporary work will be awarded are still being worked out, the general principle of it being a temporary visa for Canadians is very much in line with the government’s previous decision to allow Canadian citizens to temporarily travel abroad to work in Canada.
The move came after the government announced in January that it would end the “H-1B” visa program that allows employers to use the program to bring foreign workers to Canada to fill vacancies.
The temporary visa is for workers that are currently working in Canada, but are looking to relocate.
It’s unclear if Canada will be issuing the visas again in February, but it is not clear if it will use the same criteria to award them.
This is not the first time that the government has made changes to its temporary work program.
In March, it announced a new program that would allow Canadians to apply for a temporary work permit for up the length of a six-month visa.
The changes were made so that they could be extended in case of a “humanitarian crisis.”