Work Permit in Canada

Canada offers many job opportunities in various exciting fields. Each year, close to 200,000 foreign skilled workers come to work in Canada on Temporary Canadian Work Permits. There is no reason why this cannot be you too! Canadians are hardworking people who are dedicated and passionate about what they do, so if you are qualified and hoping to immigrate, the good news is that Canada is looking for people like YOU.

There are 2 types of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits.

An employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit, such as:

  • the name of the specific employer you can work for
  • how long you can work
  • the location where you can work (if applicable)

Before you submit your application for an employer-specific work permit, the employer who wants to hire you must complete certain steps and give you either a copy of a Labour Market Impact Assessment or an offer of employment number to include in your application.

An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer:

  • who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or
  • who regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages
You may be eligible for an open work permit if you:
  • Applied for permanent residence in Canada
  • are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence
  • Spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student.
  • A temporary resident permit holder
  • A student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)
  • have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada.
  • Refugees, refugee claimants, protected persons, and their family members

In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible. There are specific requirements you need to meet depending on where you are when you apply for your work permit, which are:

  • Prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires
  • 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.
  • Show you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home.
  • Security and background check mandatory and police clearance certificate for all countries you lived in.
  • Medical exam is necessary.

You can always contact us for a free counseling session and we can guide you on how to go about the entire visa application process.