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Canada Work Permit Visa

Canada is an attractive option for many skilled foreign workers from all over the world. Each year, close to 200,000 foreign skilled workers come to work in Canada on Temporary Canada Work Permit Visa

In order to work in Canada on a temporary basis, foreign skilled workers must have a temporary offer of employment from a Canadian employer and be granted a Temporary Foreign Worker Permit by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada prior to issue of a Canada Work Permit Visa.

There are four basic steps to getting a temporary Canadian Work Visa:

Step 1: Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) formerly LMOs
Before applying for a temporary Canadian Work Permit Visa, in most cases, you need to qualify for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIAs) previously called an LMO from Service Canada.

Step 2: Employer Extends Temporary Job Offer

The employer must send a copy of the positive LMIA along with a formal employment contract to the foreign skilled worker which must include:

         ➤ Job title for the position

         ➤ Job description

         ➤ Requirements for the temporary position

         ➤ Details about start and end dates

         ➤ Specifics about the salary

         ➤ The name and address of the employer

Step 3: Foreign Skilled Worker Applies For a Work Permit

Once you have received your LMIA and Employment contract you then can apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit. If the employer that is hiring you is in the province of Quebec, then you may also need to obtain a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) in order to work temporarily in Quebec. In some cases, when applying for a temporary foreign worker permit, you will be required to attend an interview with a visa officer. If the visa officer is satisfied that the foreign worker’s employment will not adversely affect employment in Canada for Canadians and that the foreign worker qualifies for the position, then a Canada Work Permit will be issued.
Note: In some cases, applicants from certain countries will be required to undergo medical examinations.

Step 4. Get Issued a Canadian Temporary Work Permit

A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will issue the Canadian Temporary Work Permit at the point of entry when the skilled foreign worker arrives in Canada. Depending on the foreign worker’s country of citizenship, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may also need to be obtained in order to enter Canada. There are a few more minor steps and processes to obtaining a work visa


No. Certain persons are EXEMPT or do not require Canada Work Visas, such as:

         ➤ Foreign Diplomats

         ➤ Military Personnel

         ➤ Clergy

         ➤ Performing Artists (under certain circumstances)

         ➤ Athletes

         ➤ Artists

         ➤ Ship or Truck Personnel

         ➤ Designated Foreign Buyers and Sellers
Note: Other exemptions are found in the Canadian Immigration Regulations.

Possibly. If you work in Canada for one or more years under a valid work permit, you may be eligible for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class or another category depending on your job classification and your language proficiency.

Yes, you can. You may apply for a temporary work permit on its own or in combination with an application for a Canada immigration visa.

Work permits that are applied for at a Canadian Port of Entry can be issued the same day (which is rare). Most Canadian work permit applications are filed outside of Canada and are released within a matter of days or weeks, depending on whether or not a medical examination is required and the workload at the particular visa office to which you applied.

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