How to Apply for a Temporary Work Permit
Types of work permits
Open work permits
An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer:
- who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions, or
- who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.
Employer-specific work permits
An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:
- the name of the employer you can work for,
- how long you can work, and
- the location where you can work (if applicable).
A step-by-step guide of how to apply for a temporary work permit in Canada:
Step 6: Gather All Required Documents and Forms
Step 7: Pay fees :
The general fee is $155 for each person submitting a temporary work permit application. The fee for a group of performing artists more than three persons is $465.
Step 8: Submit the application:
The application may be submitted online or to a Visa Application Center.
Step 1: Determine if you require a work permit to work in your desired job in Canada
Foreign nationals can work in certain jobs in Canada without a work permit. For a comprehensive list of Canadian jobs that do not require a work permit, click here. Note: Even if you do not need a work permit to work in Canada, you will still need to obtain legal entry to Canada. For example, you can enter Canada under a temporary resident visa.
If your desired job requires a work permit, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit
Your eligibility to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit depends on various factors, including the location in which you apply for a work permit. ALL work permit applicants, however, must:
- Prove that they will leave Canada when their work permit expires
- Show that they have enough money to take care of themselves and their family members during their stay in Canada
- Show that they have enough money for themselves and their family members to return home
- Have no criminal record
- Not be a danger to Canada
- Be in good health and pass a medical exam, if required
- Not plan to work for an employer on the list of ineligible employers.
- Not plan to work for an employer who offers striptease, erotic dance, escort or erotic massage services
- Not have worked in Canada for one or more periods that total four years within the past four years
- Not be otherwise inadmissible to Canada. (Grounds for Inadmissibility)
There are also other requirements that depend on the location in which you apply for a work permit. For more information on these requirements, click here.
Step 3: Determine if you will apply online or on paper for Canadian temporary work permit
Step 4: Obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your potential employer, if required
For information on jobs that do not require a LMIA, click here (Jobs That Are Exempt from the LMIA Requirement).
Step 5: Obtain a temporary job offer from your potential employer
- That the job offer is genuine
- That the wages and working conditions are high enough to attract a Canadian worker
- That the employment is full time
- That the employment is not seasonal
The job offer letter must also include:
- The job title for the job being offered
- A description of the job’s duties and responsibilities
- Requirements for the job concerning: education, professional credentials, work experience, skills and licenses
- Details about the start date and end date of the job
- Details on salary and the way in which salary will be paid
- The name and address of the employer
- The address of the worker’s future workplace
- Contact information for a person at the company who is familiar with the job offer
Note: The job offer letter must be submitted to the government by the employer AND a copy of the letter must be submitted by the applicant along with the work permit application. The applicant should also make sure that the employer has paid the employer compliance fee.