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Getting an employment visa – work permit in Canada

To get employed temporarily in Canada, foreign skilled personnel must receive a temporary job offer from a Canadian business, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada must issue them a Temporary Foreign Worker Permit. If you or a family member would like to apply for a PR card, you can do so with an “Open Work” permit. The NAFTA agreement permits you to speed up the application procedure for a work visa if you are an American or a Mexican.

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How to apply for a visa in Canada

To obtain a temporary Canadian Job visa, simply follow these simple steps:

Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

The majority of the time, seeking a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the first step in obtaining a work permit. Typically, the Canadian company must perform domestic hiring efforts and demonstrate that no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are qualified for the open position. Following receipt of a favorable LMIA, the candidate may apply for a work visa.

Temporary job offers extended by the employer

The foreign skilled worker must get a comprehensive employment contract from the employer as well as a copy of the approved LMIA. CIC mandates that all Canadian businesses create official employment contracts that must include the following clauses:

  • Position in the company
  • Position description
  • Conditions for applying for the temporary employment
  • Information about the start and finish dates
  • Details on the pay
  • The company’s name and address

The foreign skilled worker applies for a work permit

After you have your LMIA and job contract, you can apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit. If the organization hiring you is located in the province of Quebec, you may also need to obtain a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ). When applying for a temporary foreign working permit, you may be required to attend in person for an interview with a visa officer. A Canada job Permit will be issued if the visa officer is certain that the foreign worker’s employment would not jeopardize Canadians’ ability to get employed in the country and that the foreign worker is qualified for the post. Some candidates from specific nationalities may be required to undergo medical tests.

Obtain a temporary permit for Canada

A CBSA official grants a Canadian Temporary job Permit when the skilled worker arrives in Canada. Overseas employees may require a TRV to enter Canada, depending on their nationality.

Canada open work permit

A normal work permit specifies an employer and employment, but an open work permit does not. On Canadian Work Permits, the employment and employer are often both listed, limiting the bearer to those conditions while in Canada. The bearer of an Open Job Permit may work in nearly any capacity for any Canadian firm. The applicant for an open work permit is not required to have a job offer or a favorable Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). According to Canadian immigration laws, spouses or common-law partners of temporary foreign workers in level 0, A, or B occupations, spouses or common-law partners of foreign students enrolled in full-time studies, and foreign students who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution can all apply for Open Work Permits.

Permit to work duration

Every work visa issued in the country has a set length of validity. Only those with permanent residence status are eligible to get employed in Canada continuously or for an indefinite amount of time. The Canadian government limits the total amount of time that non-Canadians may get employed in Canada to four years, coupled with the duration of Canadian work permits. Foreign employees are only allowed to work in Canada for a maximum of four years before they must depart and reside outside the country for at least 48 months (4 years) before returning.

Employment in Canada while using a student visa

Individuals with Canadian Study Permits who meet the conditions may work on or off campus without acquiring a separate work permit since June 2014. Those who meet the conditions listed below may work up to 20 hours per week:

  • have a current Canadian Study Permit
  • must enroll in school full-time.
  • must be enrolled in an approved Canadian design program
  • must be enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary program
  • must be pursuing a secondary-level vocational degree or a post-secondary degree in Quebec.
  • must be enrolled in a course of study leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • must be enrolled in a course of study that lasts at least six months.


Anyone requesting a job visa from Canada is not required to take the IELTS or any other English or French language test. However, if the employment offer particularly calls for French and/or English proficiency and the candidate is from a non-French or English-speaking nation, the officer may demand proof of language capabilities, such as a language exam.

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