Every year, over 500,000 new foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages in various categories
In order to work in Canada on a temporary basis, foreign skilled workers must have an offer of employment from a Canadian employer and be granted a Temporary Work Permit by Employment and Social Development Canada.
If you intend to work in the province of Quebec, you must obtain an Application for Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) before a work permit can be issued.
Sometimes, you can apply from inside or as you enter Canada with visit or study visa.
There are 4 basic steps to getting a temporary work permit in Canada:
- Labour Market Impact Assessment (if necessary)
- Employer extends temporary job offer
- Foreign skilled worker applies for work permit
- Work Permit is issued at a Visa Post or at the Border
Work Permits may be issued by Canadian immigration officials without the LMIA requirement in a limited number of situations, as follows:
- Under international agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);
- Due to the significant economic, social or cultural benefits the work activity will bring to Canadians;
- As part of reciprocal agreements such as youth and teacher exchange programs;
- International students studying in Canada to fulfill academic requirements, referred to co-op placements;
- Spouses/common-law partners of Work Permit and eligible Study Permit holders;
- Charitable or religious work; (not including Volunteers)
TYPES OF WORK PERMITS
- LMIA BASED WORK PERMITS
- LMIA EXEMPTIONS
- BUSINESS VISITORS
- POST-GRADUATION WORK PERMITS
- NAFTA WORK PERMITS
- INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFERS
"Foreign businesses wishing to establish a Canadian enterprise may use the Intra-Company Transfer program to bring critical workers to the country for start-up operations"
"Consult us to understand your eligibility on gaining work permit in Canada"