Canadian Work Permit & Visa Process
Immigration Agents Specialized in Canadian Immigration Services
Once you've reviewed the information provided below to learn if you require a Canadian work permit in order to work in Canada. Then, fill out our immigration assessment form and we will get back to you to discuss your work permit eligibility.
COVID-19 Updates regarding Canadian Work Permits
Canada is still accepting work permit applications.
The following foreign workers are now allowed to cross the border into Canada by land or air:
Temporary workers who hold a valid work permit or who are approved for a work permit but have not yet been issued the work permit
IEC participants who have not yet activated their work permits must have a valid job offer in order to enter
IEC participants who have already activated their work permits and were outside the country temporarily do not require a valid job offer in order to re-enter
If you’re travelling by air, you need to follow all airline requirements and pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
When you arrive in Canada, they will assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.
Only people who provide essential services, for example, truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the quarantine requirements.
For more updates on the Coronavirus, visit our page on the impact the Coronavirus has had on Canadian immigration.
Canada Work Permits FAQ
What is a Canadian Work Permit?
A Canadian work permit is the permission to take a job within Canada if you are from a foreign country. You usually need a work permit to work in Canada. In some cases, you can work without a permit or job offer in Canada.
General Eligibility Requirements
No matter where you apply, you must:
⦁ prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires,
⦁ show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home,
⦁ obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (we may ask you to give us a police clearance certificate),
⦁ not be a danger to Canada’s security,
⦁ be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed,
⦁ not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions,
⦁ not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
⦁ give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.
⦁ Global Skills Strategy applicants: You can only benefit from two-week application processing if you apply from outside of Canada.
Can You Turn a Work Visa into Permanent Residency?
If you are currently working in Canada and you have applied for permanent residence, you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit if your work permit will expire in four months or less. This means you can keep working while we make a decision on your permanent resident application. To qualify, you must have applied under the:
⦁ Federal Skilled Worker Program,
⦁ Canadian Experience Class,
⦁ Federal Skilled Trades Program,
⦁ Provincial Nominee Program,
⦁ Caring for Children Class, or
⦁ Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class.
⦁ currently be in Canada,
⦁ have valid status on a work permit that is due to expire within four months,
⦁ select “Open Work Permit” as the type of work permit when you complete your work permit application, and
⦁ pay the work permit processing fee and the Open Work Permit Holder fee.
Can I Apply for a Work Visa Outside of Canada?
Anyone may apply for a work permit before they enter Canada. In some cases, you must apply to a visa office outside Canada. This is usually true if you need a visa to enter Canada or if you need to have a medical exam before you come here.
Find out what type of work permit you can apply for and if you can benefit from the Global Skills Strategy’s two-week application processing. If you are applying for an open work permit, leave the employer section of the application blank.
Can I Apply for a Work Visa While I Am In Canada?
⦁ have graduated from a program at a
⦁ Canadian university,
⦁ community college,
⦁ publicly funded trade/technical school, or other eligible school,
⦁ have a temporary resident permit that is valid for six months or more,
⦁ have applied or been included in an application for permanent residence from inside Canada (you will have to pass certain stages in the main application process to be eligible for a work permit),
⦁ have asked for refugee status in Canada and are waiting for a decision from the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada,
⦁ have been recognized by the RPD as a convention refugee or protected person,
⦁ have had your refugee claim turned down by the RPD but you cannot be removed from Canada for reasons beyond your control
Application Stages Guide
Employer applies for Labour Market Impact Assessment
Employer extends Temporary Job Offer
Foreign Worker applies for Work Permit
Work Permit is issued
When you're ready to begin, fill out our immigration assessment form and we will get back to you to discuss your work permit eligibility.