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1. What is Employer specific work permits?

Employer specific work permits allow individuals to work based upon certain work conditions such as the following:

  • The name of the employer the applicant is allowed to work for
  • The duration of the employment allowed
  • The specific location of employment as allowed.


To be eligible for an employer-specific work permit. Your employer must get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before you submit your application.

Before you submit your work permit application, your employer must give you:

You must also meet the general eligibility requirements for a work permit.

1.1. Eligibility for Employer-Specific Work Permits:

The eligibility for an Employer-specific work permit is determined by the nature of the occupation and overall record of the applicant. Some conditions that need to meet are as follow:

  • You must satisfy the immigration officer you will leave as soon as your work permit expires.
  • You have sufficient finances to stay and take care of yourself and people that may be accompanying you during your visit to Canada.
  • You have a clean criminal record.
  • You pose no threat to Canada’s security.
  • You have no serious medical issues that may affect the Canadian population in any way.
  • You are not working for an employer who is listed ineligible on the list of employers who did not comply with employment conditions.
  • You are not working for an employer who deals with promiscuous services such as striptease, erotic dance, and massages or escort services or related professions.

1.2. Occupations that require Employer-Specific Work Permits:

The following occupations may use employer-specific work permits. Each occupation has a separate criterion to be eligible along with the criteria for employer-specific work permits:

  • The applicant is an Academic
  • The applicant works for a Religious organization
  • The applicant is an Entrepreneur
  • The applicant is an Athlete/Coach
  • The applicant is an Agricultural Worker
  • The applicant works for the film industry

1.3. Eligibility requirements for all applicants

There are specific requirements you need to meet depending on where you are when you apply for your work permit.

But regardless of where you apply or which type of work permit you apply for, you must

  • prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires;
  • show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home;
  • obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (we may ask you to give us a police clearance certificate);
  • not be a danger to Canada’s security;
  • be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed;
  • 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; and
  • give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.

1.4. Eligibility requirements if you apply from outside Canada 

Anyone can apply before they enter Canada. However, there may be visa office requirements that you need to meet depending on what country or territory you’re applying from.

1.5. Eligibility requirements if you apply from inside Canada

You can only apply for a work permit from inside Canada if

  • you have a valid study or work permit;
  • your spouse, common-law partner or parents have a valid study or work permit;
  • you’re eligible for a post-graduation work permit and your study permit is still valid;
  • you have a temporary resident permit that is valid for six months or more;
  • you’re waiting on a decision on an application for permanent residence from inside Canada;
  • you made a claim for refugee protection;
  • you’ve been recognized as a convention refugee or protected person by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada;
  • you’re allowed to work in Canada without a work permit but you need a work permit to work in a different job (this does not apply to business visitors); or
  • you’re a trader, investor, intra-company transferee or professional under the Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

1.6. Eligibility requirements if you apply when you enter Canada at a port of entry

You should only apply at the POE if you meet all of these conditions:

  • You’re entering Canada from the United States.
  • You have a plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.
    • Even if you travel from inside Canada (in other words, if you “flagpole”), you must quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry to Canada
  • You have a valid job offer.
  • You meet all other requirements to apply at the POE.

We recommend that you apply for your work permit before you travel to Canada. However, you can apply for a work permit when you enter Canada if


  • you’re applying for an open work permit
    • you must also have a valid job offer while travel restrictions are in place,


  • your employer has completed all of the required steps for your employer-specific work permit

You may need to take a medical exam before you come to Canada.

Our team at VISA HUB is here to assist you and your employer with the process. Our immigration experts have years of experience in dealing with such applications and can assist you to prepare error-free work permit application