Canada Work Permits

Canada immigration

A Canadian work permit is a permission to take a job within Canada if you come from a foreign country. You usually need a work permit to work in Canada. In some cases, you can work in Canada without a permit or job offer.


Step 2: Employer extends a temporary job offer

The employer must send the foreign skilled worker a copy of the positive LMIA together with a detailed “job offer letter”.

Canadian companies are required by CIC to prepare a formal employment contract, or what our industry calls a “job offer letter”, which must include the following

Job title for the position
Job description
Requirements for the temporary position
Details of start and end dates
Salary details
Name and address of employer

Canada Service Agency will ensure that the job offer is legitimate and real. Once the Canadian Immigration Service has confirmed the job offer with an LMIA, the CIC will issue work permits for future employees of the company to work in Canada. Once the LMIA is granted, the Canadian employer can extend a temporary job offer to the foreign skilled worker.


Step 3: Foreign skilled worker applies for work permit

Once you have removed your LMIA and Job Offer Letter, you can apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit. If the employer hiring you is located in the province of Quebec, you may also need to obtain a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) to work temporarily in Quebec. In some cases, you may have to attend an interview with a visa officer when applying for a temporary foreign work permit. If the visa officer is satisfied that the foreign worker’s employment does not interfere with employment in Canada for Canadians and that the foreign worker qualifies for the position, a Canada Work Permit will be issued.

Note: In some cases, applicants from certain countries may be required to undergo a medical examination.


Step 4 Obtain a Canadian Temporary Work Permit

An official of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will issue the Canadian temporary work permit at the time of entry when the qualified foreign worker arrives in Canada. Depending on the nationality of the foreign worker, a temporary residence visa (TRV) may also be required for entry into Canada. There are a few minor steps and processes to obtain a work visa.

Note: If a particular position in your job is at NOC 0 (manager, executive) or NOC A (professional) level, you may be eligible for a two-week application processing period.



What are the requirements?
To be eligible, you must fall into one of the above categories and you must also meet the following criteria:

You are currently in Canada
You have a valid temporary work permit which expires within four months.
You have received a positive decision on your permanent residence application under an Economic Class, Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Trades Program.
You have submitted an application for an open work permit.
This “open work permit” is an important program in Canadian immigration and allows applicants to work while their PR applications are being processed.

Electronic travel permit form required
Visa-exempt aliens flying to or transiting through Canada require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). Exceptions are US citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
Important: If you are stateless or travelling on a travel document issued to non-citizens, such as a foreign passport or refugee travel document, you must apply for a visa to visit or transit through Canada.

Canadian work visas for experienced Americans
Are you a US citizen who wants to work in Canada? If so, you can quickly track your route to work in Canada via NAFTA. Americans apply for Canadian work permits in record numbers, and if applicable, you should take advantage of this opportunity! The Canadian economy is strong and takes many US citizens looking for work. The good news is that we have the NAFTA agreement. NAFTA makes it much easier for Americans and Mexicans to get a Canada Work Visa. You need to have a job offer from a Canadian company in a field listed in NAFTA, proof of qualifications including work experience and training, and citizenship.

Canadian Family Visas
There are alternative ways to ensure that family members who want to be together can migrate together. Some family members such as spouses and/or dependent children may be admitted during the first work visa for new immigrants to Canada. Other family members such as grandparents must be sponsored by Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Under the Express Entry Program, dependent family members of the work visa applicant also receive permanent residency in Canada. They can enjoy the same rights to live, work and study in the country. The Express Entry Programme helps to connect family members of recipients of Canadian Work Visas with the rest of the country.

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