Canada Work Permit
Canada is a country with a thriving economy, competitive wages, high workplace safety standards, and numerous professional growth opportunities. To continue strengthening its workforce, Canada actively seeks foreign workers and professionals.
In most cases, a work permit is required for foreign nationals to work in Canada. However, there are instances where individuals may work in Canada without a work permit, such as working holidays, post-graduate work permits, or permits issued under Foreign Trade Agreements (FTA), such as Canada-United States-Mexico (CUSMA), Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and more.
There are various types of work permits in Canada, and each has different requirements. Some work permits necessitate a job offer from a Canadian employer, while others require a connection to Canada, such as Canadian education, a skilled worker or international student spouse, spousal sponsorship, or refugee status. Broadly speaking, work permits fall into two categories: employer/occupation-specific work permits that require a job offer from a Canadian employer, and open work permits that do not require a job offer.
Every year, upwards of 350,000 foreign workers come to Canada with temporary work permits.
Employer-Specific Work Permits
Most foreign nationals need a work permit to work legally in Canada. There are different types of work permits:
- Post-Graduation Work Permit: This program allows students who have graduated from Designated Learning Institutions to apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit in order to gain valuable experience in Canada. If you have studied for 2 years of the program, then you are eligible to get 3 years of open work permit.
- Spouse Open Work Permit: A Work Permit allows individuals to work for any employer without any conditions. Under this program, the spouse (international student) must be studying full-time at a Designated Learning Institution DLI’s or the skilled worker must be working under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type O, A, or B.
- Employer-Specific Work Permit: Canada provides a lot of opportunities to skilled trade workers, professionals, and other occupations. This work permit allows you to work in Canada as per the conditions on your permit. We can help you to obtain a work permit as well as help you to find a job under Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
- LMIA-based work permit
- Intra-company transfer
- International agreements, such as CUSMA, CETA, GATS, and more.
- Holiday Working Visa (International Experience Canada): This program gives you the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to 2 years under different kinds like Working Holiday, Youth Professionals, etc. This program is specific to some countries.
Work without a Work Permit
A foreign national may work in Canada without a work visa under specific, exceptional conditions. For some jobs, a work visa is not necessary in order to work in Canada. However, in order to be exempt from a work visa, a person’s job must be on the list and they must also meet any additional requirements set forth by the International Mobility Program (IMP).