Work Permit Canada

Overview

Our licensed immigration consultants will provide you with honest, professional legal advice on applying for a work permit before you enter Canada. Your consultant will help you to evaluate your admissibility to Canada, and provide advice on whether are eligible to apply for a permit to work in Canada. We have outlined some requirements to apply for a work permit before and after you arrive in Canada. Your immigration can help you to avoid many pitfalls that affect others. Please review the information below and give us a call for assistance with your work permit application!

To be eligible for a work permit for employment in Canada, you should intend to leave Canada at the end of your stay, have a passport, comply with medical examination requirements, and meet admissibility requirements. You must also satisfy IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) IRCC that you meet the following criteria: you have a genuine offer to work in Canada from a Canadian employer; the offer is approved based on a work Labour Market Impact Assessment by ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada); and you have the education, experience and training to tod the job. Your immigration consultant will review these requirements with you as well as speak directly to IRCC on your behalf.

You must prove that you have sufficient funds for living expenses. You may, however, be eligible for a work permit if you have a temporary resident permit that is valid for at least 6 months. Importantly, being issued a work permit does not guarantee admission to Canada. You must both meet the requirements for the permit at the time the visa is issued and on examination by a CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) officer. Consequently, you may be refused admission to Canada if you are found to fail admissibility requirement, for example, due to a criminal act. You should meet with an immigration consultant to review the admissibility the requirements for immigration to Canada on a work permit and to evaluate other options that may apply to you.

As a foreign national, you must not work in Canada unless authorized to do so by a work permit. On being authorized to work in Canada, you will be considered a member of the workers class. You need a work permit to legally work in Canada unless you are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Your immigration consultant will help you to review the requirements to work in Canada to avoid any difficulties that may occur.

On being authorized to work in Canada, you will be considered a member of the workers class.

You should expect to held to the employment agreements that you make as follows:

  • The type of employment you may do
  • The eemployer for whom you may work;
  • The Place (or location) where you may work; and
  • How long you may work

If you seek to work for a different employer, you will need to get a new confirmation from HRSDC as well as a new work permit.

When should you apply for a work permit?

The general rule is that you should apply for a work permit outside Canada.

Who must apply for a work permit outside Canada?

You must apply for a permit outside Canada if you meet the following criteria:

  • You require a temporary resident visa;
  • You are a seasonal agricultural worker
  • You require a medical examination
  • You are a member of an international youth exchange program

Your immigration consultant can help you to apply for a work permit form outside Canada.

Can you apply for a permit to work after entering Canada?

You may apply for a work permit after you enter Canada under the following circumstances:

  • You have a study permit;
  • You have a temporary resident permit that is valid for at least 6 months; and
  • as a family member of a person with a study or work permit, you may also apply for a work permit.
  • You may also apply for a work permit if your existing work permit before your work permit expires;

Meeting with an immigration consultant early in the process can be an important first step to ensuring that you and your family members will be able to apply for a work permit after immigrating to Canada.

When will you be issued a permit?

An officer will issue a work permit to you, if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have applied for a work permit
  • You have been offered employment by an employer and an officer has provided a positive assessment of the job
  • You will leave Canada by the end of the period of your stay
  • You have a study permit and are temporarily destitute and you cannot support yourself without working
  • You have been issued a temporary resident permit that is valid for 6 months and you cannot support yourself without a work permit
  • Your job results from an international agreement between a foreign government and Canada or is with 1 or more provinces, and you
    do not have an offer of employment.
  • You are a member of the “spouse or common-law partner in Canada Class”, who does not have an offer of employment, and you live
    with your sponsor, have temporary resident status, and are being sponsored in a sponsorship application.

Your immigration consultant can help you to assess your eligibility for a work permit.

When do you not qualify for a permit to work?

An officer will not issue a work permit to you for the following reasons:

  • The officer finds, based on reasonable grounds, that you are unable to do the job that you have applied for;
  • You have worked or studied in Canada without permission, or you failed to follow the conditions of a previous permit.
  • If you an employer were to hire you, your employment would negatively impact the settlement of a labour dispute.
  • You intend to work for an employer who offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages (on a regular basis).

Your immigration consultant can help you to examine the nature of the job you have been offered as well as your own skills and qualifications and provide advice on whether it is a good fit. Using a licensed consultant can save you both time, trouble and money!

Can you work in Canada without a work permit?

You may work in Canada without a permit based on the following reasons:

Student: If you are a full-time student, you may work without a work permit at the college or university where you attend school full-time (while your study permit is active). You may also work without a work permit to acquire additional training in a health field, as an educational elective or to be employed as a clerk at a medical teaching institution.

Existing work permit holder: You may work in Canada without a permit if you have remained in Canada after your permit expired, you continue to meet all conditions of the permit, and are waiting on a decision on your application for a new permit.

Business visitors: You may work in Canada without a work permit, if you are a business visitor who seeks to do business in Canada and you will not work directly for a Canadian employer.

Expert: You may work in Canada without a permit if you are an “expert” who provides analysis or acts as an expert witness to present evidence to: a federal regulatory body; provincial regulatory body; tribunal or court of law.

Artists: You may work in Canada without a permit if you are part of a foreign production, are here for a limited engagement, and are not employed by a Canadian business or organization. You may also work with without a work permit if you are a foreign artist who performs individually or in a group (or you are the staff of an artistic performance).

Athletes: You may be eligible to work in Canada without a permit
if you are a member of a foreign-based team or Canadian amateur team for sports such as basketball, baseball, hockey or golf, for example.

Guest Speaker: If you have been in invited to Canada to make a speech (or present a paper) at a dinner, graduation, convention, or as a seminar leader who delivers a seminar that lasts no longer than 5 days, you may work in Canada without a work permit.

Church or Religion: You may work in Canada without a permit, if you help a church or religious group to attain its spiritual goals, and its main purpose is to share its message or provide spiritual counselling to a congregation.

Before making any decisions on whether can work in Canada without a work permit (or apply for a permit), speak with a licensed immigration consultant to discuss your unique situation.

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