A Canada work permit is issued by an employer in Canada to a foreign national to work for a specified period of time.
- The Canada work permit does not allow the applicant to live in Canada permanently.
- The applicant can take his family and they can apply for a study or work visa Canada if they wish.
How to receive a Work Visa
Written Job Offer Letter
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
Open Work Permit
Open work permits can only be issued to:
- Spouses and common-law partners who are accompanying.
- Dependent children who are accompanying.
The 4 Steps To Get Canada Temporary Work Permit
Do you know? In 2018, Job vacancies increased across all provinces in Canada. 300,000+ foreign workers come to Canada every year on a Temporary Work Visa and you could too! The opportunity for foreigners to come and work in Canada is pretty bright at the moment. But working in Canada is only possible if a foreign worker receives the Canada Temporary Work Permit. If you are interested in working and migrating to Canada, then this post is for you. Find out what is a Canada Temporary Work Permit and how to apply for it in 4 steps.
What is a Canada Temporary Work Permit / Visa?
People outside Canada (not Canadian Citizens or don’t hold Canadian PR), who want to work in Canada require a Temporary Work Visa. The Temporary Work Permit is an official document issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) department that allows foreigners to work in Canada Temporarily.
There are 2 types of Canada Temporary Work Permits ;
- Employer Specific Work Permit – This is the most common work permit which foreign workers apply. An Employer Specific Work Permit allows you to work in Canada for a specific employer. The temporary work visa is tied to the company you are going to work in. If you are planning to change employer, then you must apply for a new Temporary Work Visa based on the new employer.
- Open Work Permit – An Open Work Permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada for a fixed period of time. It lets you enter Canada without any job offer. It does not restrict you to just one employer. However, an Open Work Permit may restrict the type of occupation you can take up and the location in Canada where you can take it up.
The Duration of a Canada Temporary Work Permit may be from a few days to a few years based on the type of job you are going to do and the contract with your employer in Canada.
Note: Open work permits can only be issued to accompanying spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children.
The 4 Steps To Get A Canada Temporary Work Permit
The Canada Temporary Work Permit process usually follows 4 steps
- Step 1: Employer should apply for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Certificate (If required)
- Step 2: Employer should offer a temporary job to the foreigner (not required for Open Work Permit)
- Step 3: Foreign worker must apply for Canada Temporary Work Permit With proper documents
- Step 4: Temporary Work Permit is issued (If ESDC finds the above steps satisfactory and the documentation correct)
Additionally, depending upon the citizenship of the foreign worker, they may have to apply for and successfully obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) before they can enter Canada.
Step 1: Employer should apply for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Certificate (If required)
The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Certificate is a document issued by the ESDC. A positive LMIA will be granted to your employer by the ESDC if and only if they are convinced that no Canadian or Permanent Resident can do the job that you are being offered. Once the employer gets a positive LMIA, they must send it to the foreign worker for him/her to include it in their work permit application.
An LMIA is not necessary to issue work permits for certain jobs and under few specific conditions – List of jobs which do not require LMIA.
The LMIA application for Quebec province is slightly different.
Step 2: Employer should offer a temporary job to the foreigner (not required for Open Work Permit)
Once the positive LMIA certificate is obtained, the employer must send the temporary job offer to the foreign worker applicant. The temporary job offer document must also be attached to the work permit application (along with the LMIA) and should prove ;
- The genuineness of the job offer
- That the wages and working conditions are high enough to equally appeal to Canadian workers
- It is full-time employment and not seasonal
The offer letter should be a thoroughly professional document that must also include ;
- The job title
- Description of job and responsibilities
- Job requirement; Education, Work Experience, Skills, Licences etc
- Salary structure and payout details
- Employee name and address
- Address of the worker’s intended workplace
For employment in Quebec province, the job offer must be first approved by the Quebec government.
Note: If you are applying for an open work permit, then no need to provide a written job offer along with your application.
Step 3: Foreign worker must apply for Canada Temporary Work Permit With proper documents
Apart from a positive LMIA certificate and Job offer document, other required documents for the Canada Temporary Work Permit application are ;
- A valid passport
- Two photos of the applicant and accompanying family members
- Employment Contract
- Evidence of meeting the job requirements
- Proof of relationship with accompanying spouse, children
- Completed Application For Work Permit Made Outside of Canada form, if applying from outside Canada
- Completed Document Checklist
These documents need to be submitted to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) department.
If your job is in the province of Quebec, then you may also need to obtain the Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) in order to work temporarily in Quebec.
Note: The submitted documents should be in English, French, and Spanish. If your documents are in any other language then they must be submitted along with a certified translation of the same.
Step 4: Temporary Work Permit is issued (If ESDC finds the above steps satisfactory and the documentation correct)
Finally, after completing all the procedures correctly and submitting the required documents to the satisfaction of the ESDC, you’ll receive the Canada Temporary Work Permit. The permit will be issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the point of entry when you arrive in Canada.
Factors that determine if you are eligible to apply for Canada Temporary Work Visa ;
- If you can prove you will leave Canada when you work permit expires
- Proof of adequate funds to take care of you and your family while staying in Canada
- No previous criminal record
- Good health condition and passing medical test (if required)
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