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A Work Permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It allows a foreigner to work in Canada. Our team at VISA HUB is here to assist you and/or your employer with the process. Our immigration experts have years of experience in dealing with such applications and can assist you to prepare an error-free Work Permit application.
There are a variety of streams and each stream has its own requirements. In general, there are two types of Work Permit s in Canada:
- Open Work Permit
- Employer Specific Work Permit
An open Work Permit is a Work Permit that is not job-specific. Because it is not job-specific a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada, or proof that an employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee is not required.
- Eligibility requirements for all applicants
- Eligibility requirements if you apply from outside Canada
- Eligibility requirements if you apply from inside Canada
- Eligibility requirements if you apply when you enter Canada at a port of entry
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.
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.
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).
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 don’t need a visitor visa to come to Canada
- you must also be entering Canada from the United States while travel restrictions are in place
- 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.
Work Permit Exemptions:
There are some jobs that do not require Work Permits given that the type of work is legal and is of short duration. Some jobs that do not require Work Permit s are as follow:
- Aviation investigators
- Athletes and coaches of foreign teams
- Clergy members
- Expert witnesses
- News reporters
- Film crew
- Performing artists
- Health care students
|Work Permit (including extensions) – per person||155|
Work Permit (including extensions) – per group (3 or more performing artists)
Maximum fee for a group of 3 or more performing artists applying at the same time and place
|Open Work Permit holder||100|
Restore your status as a worker
Restore your status ($200) and get a new Work Permit ($155)
Talk to the experts
Get in touch with us for more details. Before you get started on your application for a Work Permit it is best to obtain an expert opinion. Team, Visa HUB has years of experience in dealing with Work Permit applications.
If you would like to learn more about your immigration options, we would be happy to assist you. Our immigration consultants will assist you with every step of the process.