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Work Permit


Temporary Immigration

Temporary Immigration Status refers to people who wish to come to Canada to visit, work or study. They are coming to Canada for a temporary period and are considered visitors and require Visitor Visas, unless they are citizens of visa exempt countries.


To visit Canada one must be:

  • Must be healthy and may need to go through a Medical exam
  • Must abide by Canadian laws;
  • Need a valid passport
  • Need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • May need a Letter of Invitation

Work Permit - Employment Authorization:

A Work Permit is a document issued by the Canadian government that permits a foreigner to legally work in Canada for a temporary period.


The foreign worker must have a job offer to temporarily work in Canada before he or she can apply for an Employment Authorization. The federal government does not assist in placing foreign workers who are eager to find a job in Canada.

The Employment Authorization approval involves both consideration of the job offer and consideration of the applicant. Most foreign individuals who want to work temporarily in Canada must first have an approved job offer and an employment authorization, prior to arrival.

The steps that have to be followed before one applies for a work permit are:

  • An employer must first offer you a job
  • Job validation - Employer must have the job offer approved by the local Human Resource and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
  • HRSDC must normally provide a Labour Market Opinion or 'Confirmation' of your job offer. However, some types of work are exempt from this process
  • After HRSDC confirms that a foreign national may fill the job, you apply to CIC for your work permit
  • Visa Officials will make a decision if the foreign worker qualifies for the Employment authorization
  • If an employment authorization is issued, it is valid only for a specified job, employer and specific period of time

NOTE: Work Permits will only be granted by Canadian immigration authorities if supported by a positive "Labour Market Opinion" (LMO) letter issued by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), indicating that the proposed employment will not adversely affect Canadian workers and not have a negative impact on the labour market in Canada.


Canada Immigration does not offer open Work permits, allowing a foreign national to work anywhere. They are always employer specific, tied to one employer who you have approached and the employer has offered a job that they could not fill with a Canadian candidate.


Please note that we do not find jobs for candidates as finding and negotiating an “ Offer of Employment” is an applicant’s responsibility. However, we do provide limited Job Search assistance in order to seek out appropriate employment for qualified applicants. We assist with all Immigration paper work after the applicant has been in contact with an employer and been made a job offer directly. We offer visa help to foreign workers who want to enter Canada and work temporarily. Please contact us for additional information.


Job Search

We can help you locate employment opportunities as a skilled worker in any of the provinces in Canada. If you are a Professional or skilled worker interested in working in Canada we can help you find employment in your profession provided your skills are in demand.


Once we have identified a job in a business or company to whom you might apply; we can contact the prospective employer and after receiving an Offer for a position, we will initiate the process of acquiring a work permit for you.


To work temporarily in Canada you must have a temporary work permit where an employer starts the process of acquiring such a work permit. A work permit does not allow you to immigrate to Canada. You may qualify to become a Permanent resident by applying for your Permanent Resident Visa once you are working in Canada.


Special Programs:
CIC puts forward several programs to facilitate the application process for work permits in industries with a greater need for skilled workers.


Provincial Nominee Program:

The Provincial Nominee Program aims to address skill shortage issues in certain provinces within Canada under a slightly different Canada work visa program.

Under this program an Employer can nominate a limited number of candidates for certain skilled positions and make an application to a participating Province for sponsorship of the work permit for Canada. The following requirements apply:

  • Position must be one that cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Position is a guaranteed permanent and full time job offer
  • Position is offered to a candidate who has the required qualifications for the occupation
  • Position is offered to a candidate who has the required training & work experience
  • Position offered to a candidate who meets the licensing/accreditation requirements of the occupation of that province
  • Position meets provincial employment and wage standards

Provinces involved in PNP programs have different requirements to be met in order to be sponsored for a Canada work visa; however the requirements listed above are essential in every case. If you are interested in exploring this avenue to obtain a Work Permit please contact us for further information.


Note: Please see each province’s PNP program for further details on the skilled category.


Extending Stay:

Whether you are visiting Canada as a tourist or business visitor, working temporarily or studying in Canada, you are required to leave Canada at the end of your stay. If you desire to stay beyond the authorized date, you must apply for an extension before the expiry of your visitor status. If you want to change the terms and conditions of your stay, you must also submit an application.

It is illegal to stay in Canada beyond the validity of your visitor status or to work or study without necessary authorization.


We encourage you to fill out our Free Work Permit Assessment form


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