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Work permit - passport request


Sep 24, 2020
Hello everyone,

Yesterday I got the approval for close work permit as a cook. The letter says that I have 30 days to send them the passport for visa stamping however VAC centre is closed due to covid19. VAC representative said that I cannot send the passport by DHL to the consulate because my biometrics was processed by Vac so I have to apply from them.

My questions are:

1. Am I qualified as an essential worker?

2. Can I travel to Canada with this approval letter and my valid tourist visa (valid until 2028)?

3. If second question is negative what options do I have?

Thank you in advance.