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If you are a foreigner and want to work in Canada, you may need to obtain a work permit.
In some cases, in addition to a work permit you may need to get an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) which is a document issued by ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) to assess if there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian worker is available to fill the position.

Do you need a work permit?

Most people employed in Canada’s labour market and who are foreign nationals require a work permit issued by the government to work legally in Canada. You do not need a work permit if your job is any of the exceptions found on this list.

Types of Work Permit

Work permits can be categorized into the following two separate groupings.

Open Work Permit

This is a work permit which allows you to work for any employer and in any capacity. You do not require a job offer to obtain this permit. Examples of an open work permit include:

  • Working Holiday Visas
  • Postgraduate Work Permits (PGWP)
  • Co-op Visas; and
  • Work permits issued for a spouse or common law partner of an international student or a skilled worker.
Closed work permit

These work permits allow the bearer to work for a specific employer in Canada, and do not allow you to seek employment elsewhere. These permits require a job offer, but may or may not require an LMIA, depending on the nature of your employment (see below).

How to Get a Canadian Work Permit

 

Do you have a job offer?

If you are a foreign worker with a job offer from a Canadian employer you may be eligible to apply for a work permit.
To apply for a work permit you will need to get LMIA, which is to prove that your employer was not able to find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill that position therefore they need to hire you. This process involves very complicated documentation procedure and people often make mistakes in the process and fail to meet CIC’s requirements. Our lawyers have been handling many LMIA applications and can help your application get through.

Is your partner a skilled worker or an international student?

Spouses and/or common-law partners of international students and skilled workers are allowed to apply for an open work permit.

Have you recently graduated from a Canadian college/university?

If you graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution (called Designated Learning Institutions) you can apply for apostgraduate work permit (PGWP).

Are you a student?

If you are an international student and are required to do an internship in order to complete your program, you can apply for aco-op work permit.

If you have a study permit that was issued before Jun 1, 2014 and want to work off-campus, you need to get a new study permitwhich allows you to work outside of your academic institution. If your study permit was issued after Jun 1, 2014 you do not need to obtain a new study permit to work off-campus, as this provision is already included.

Have you applied for permanent residency status and are you currently working in Canada?

If you have applied for permanent residency status in Canada and waiting on the results, and you are currently working in Canada, you can apply for a bridging work permit and are not required LMIA.

Have you been transferred to another division within the same company?

If you are coming to Canada being transferred from one division outside Canada to another division inside Canada, you are allowed to apply for a work permit which case you do not need LMIA.

Are you one of workers that are covered under International agreement such as NAFTA?

Traders participating in trades between Canada and your country, investors making a large investment in Canada, some professionals such as accountants, engineers and computer system analysts who have a job offer from a Canadian company may be eligible for a work permit without LMIA. To find out weather or not you qualify to apply for a work permit without LMIA, contact us for a free assessment.

Are you looking to work and live in Quebec?

Quebec has its own requirements for those who want to work in the province. If you have a job offer from a Quebec business you may be eligible for a Quebec work permit. Contact us to find out about the application process.

How to Get a Canadian Work Permit

Are you a student?

  • If you are an international student and are required to do an internship in order to complete your program, you can apply for a co-op work permit.
  • If you have a study permit that was issued before Jun 1, 2014 and want to work off-campus, you need to get a new study permit which allows you to work outside of your academic institution. If your study permit was issued after Jun 1, 2014 you do not need to obtain a new study permit to work off-campus, as this provision is already included.

Have you recently graduated from a Canadian college/university?

  • If you graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution (called Designated Learning Institutions) you can apply for a postgraduate work permit (PGWP).

Is your partner a skilled worker or an international student?

  • Spouses and/or common-law partners of international students and skilled workers are allowed to apply for a Working Holiday Visa which comes along with an open work permit.

If you are one of the following type of workers, you can directly apply for a work permit and do not require an LMIA:

  • Workers who have been transferred to another division within the same company;
  • Workers who are covered under international agreements (like NAFTA), such as business professionals, investors, or traders;
  • Individuals who have been nominated by a province or territory for permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP);
  • People working in the academic field, such guest lecturers, visiting professors, or researchers;
  • People who are already working in Canada and who have applied for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class. など

If none of above applies to you, you may need a job offer as well as an LMIA to apply for a work permit.

  • If you have a job offer, we can help you get an LMIA. Contact us to book a free consultation.

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Is your partner a skilled worker or an international student?

Spouses and/or common-law partners of international students and skilled workers are allowed to apply for an open work permit.

Have you applied for permanent residency status and are you currently working in Canada?

If you have applied for permanent residency status in Canada and waiting on the results, and you are currently working in Canada, you can apply for a bridging work permit and are not required LMIA

Have you been transferred to another division within the same company?

If you are coming to Canada being transferred from one division outside Canada to another division inside Canada, you are allowed to apply for a work permit which case you do not need LMIA.

Are you nominated by one of provinces or

People working in the academic field, such guest lecturers, visiting professors, or researchers are often are allowed to apply for a work permit without LMIA.

Are you one of workers that are covered under International agreement such as NAFTA?

Traders participating in trades between Canada and your country, investors making a large investment in Canada, some professionals such as accountants, engineers and computer system analysts who have a job offer from a Canadian company may be eligible for a work permit without LMIA. To find out weather or not you qualify to apply for a work permit without LMIA, contact us for a free assessment.

Are you looking to live in Quebec?

Quebec has its own requirements for those who want to work in the province. If youhave a job offer from a Quebec business you may be eligible for a Quebec work permit. Contact us to find out about the application process.

Do you have a job offer?
If you are a foreign worker with a job offer from a Canadian employer you may be eligible to apply for a work permit.To apply for a work permit you will need to get LMIA, which is to prove that your employer was not able to find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill that position. This process involves very complicated process and people often make mistakes in the process and fail to meet CIC’s requirements. Our lawyers have been handling many LMIA applications and can help your application get through.

Have you recently graduated from a Canadian college/university?

If you graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution (called Designated Learning Institutions) you can apply for a postgraduate work permit (PGWP).

Are you a student?

If you are an international student and are required to do an internship in order to complete your program, you can apply for a co-op work permit.

If you have a study permit that was issued before Jun 1, 2014 and want to work off-campus, you need to get a new study permit which allows you to work outside of your academic institution. If your study permit was issued after Jun 1, 2014 you do not need to obtain a new study permit to work off-campus, as this provision is already included.

Do you have a job offer?

If you are a foreign worker with a job offer from a Canadian employer you may be eligible to apply for a work permit.
To apply for a work permit you will need to get LMIA, which is to prove that your employer was not able to find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill that position. This process involves very complicated process and people often make mistakes in the process and fail to meet CIC’s requirements. Our lawyers have been handling many LMIA applications and can help your application get through.

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