Canada – Temporary work permit process

Work Permit Canada

Canadian Immigration Services


Canada attracts several students and prospective employees from around the globe every year. The reason behind this country being so popular among opportunity seekers is the availability to build career in diverse fields. Canada has a multi-cultural work environment that allows the individuals to meet global manpower requirements. With few exceptions, most individuals seeking to enter Canada’s labour market will require a work permit.  By applying for a Canadian Work Permit, you could join the more than 180,000 foreign workers who come to work in Canada every year.

Learn about:

  • How to Apply for a Work Permit
  • The Duration of Work Permits
  • Open Work Permit
  • Work Permit Exemption

How to Apply for a Canadian Work Permit

This process is a two-step procedure that needs to get executed by both employer and the employee.

Step 1

In the vast majority of cases, the first step towards obtaining a Canadian work permit is to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Usually, the Canadian employer must undertake domestic recruitment efforts and demonstrate that no Canadian permanent residents or citizens are qualified for the position at hand.

Step 2

After a positive LMIA has been issued, the applicant can apply for a Canadian work permit on that basis.

Work permits are employer specific, unless a worker has an open work permit.  If a worker wants to change employers, they must obtain a new Work Permit before performing another job in Canada.  Canadian work permits are also limited in duration.

We take care of the entire Canadian Work Permit process for both Canadian employers and temporary foreign workers.

Work Permit Duration

All Canadian work permits have an expiry date.  The only way to work in Canada permanently, or for an unspecified length of time, is to acquire permanent resident status.

The Canadian government puts limits on the length of Canadian work permits as well as the accumulated length of time that non-Canadians can work in Canada. The total number of months individuals may work in Canada—whether worked consecutively or with gaps between permits—is 48, or four years total.

Once the maximum of four years work has been accumulated, foreign workers will have to leave Canada and remain outside of the country for at least 48 months (4 years) before being eligible to work in Canada again.

About Canadian Work Visa

  • A Non-Canadian resident needs to apply for a Canada work permit or Canada work visa to be able to enter the country for as an employee. You cannot just visit the place as a tourist and start working there.
  • This Canada work permit is valid for a certain period of time and temporary in nature. Mostly dependent upon the specified role provided by the sponsored employer. It can range anywhere around 6 months to almost 2 years. This Canada temporary work visa can be extended from within the country on certain grounds.
  • It is more of a grant to reside and work in Canada for foreign professionals. Only the legal residents/citizens of those countries can apply for this work visa that is being served by this visa office. Canada work visa is not based on any points and you don’t have to compete to obtain any points while filling an application for Canada work permit.
  • In order to apply for a Canada work permit, a non-resident professional from overseas requires an employment offer letter from a Canadian employer. There are some duties that the employer has to carry out too.
  • The employer looking to hire a foreigner to work in Canada should justify that he does not find any candidate suitable for the position being offered to the non-resident of Canada from within the country. Also state that if the hiring of this foreign candidate would affect the employment market in Canada.
  • Lastly, the employer has to get a letter of confirmation (LOC) from the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
  • One thing that the applicants should know about this visa or work permit is that its possession does not promise a permanent citizenship to the candidate. However, if your spouse, the common-law partner or dependent children want to visit you then it is surely possible. They may also apply for a work and study permit.

Various Types of Work Permits Can Be Classified As Under:

  • Student work permit is for the ones who want to work in Canada while being enrolled in an institution in the country as a student. There are certain cases where the students will have to file for a student work permit.
  • Some courses require the students to work as a Co-op student or intern. This is a part of their curriculum and the foreign students who are willing to work under this circumstance have to apply for a work visa along with the study visa.
  • To stay and work in the country after graduation, the students will need a permit to work under Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). There are several programs with certain requirements that can be availed by the students going to get graduated and wish to stay in the country as a permanent resident.
  • An academic (researcher, guest lecturer, visiting professor, post-doctoral fellow, award recipient, or other type of academic.
  • Working on a film or television production
  • Repair or maintenance worker for industrial or commercial equipment
  • religious worker
  • Professional athlete or coach
  • An entrepreneur (you’re a commitment certificate holder under the Start-Up Visa Program)
  • Agricultural worker

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