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  • Suzette Tiempo

How to Get a Canadian Work Permit

Updated: Jan 9, 2022

Thousands of work permits are issued every year to international talents by the Canadian government. People make their way to this great country and participate in its economy to take advantage of its many opportunities.

A work permit is needed if you want to work in Canada but are not a permanent resident or citizen of the country. This work permit is always temporary, but it can be extended.

Before you come to Canada, you need to apply for a work permit from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or a Canadian visa office. However, before applying for a work permit, you need to go through a series of steps.

Let's have a look at them below.

Before applying for a work permit to work in Canada, you need to receive a written job offer letter from a Canadian employer. This letter serves as proof that you have a job waiting for you before you land in the country. Depending on you and the employer's circumstances, your employer might need to apply for an LMIA. An LMIA demonstrates a need to hire a foreign worker because the job vacancy cannot be fulfilled locally. The LMIA application is reviewed and approved by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Once a positive LMIA has been acquired, the foreign employee can apply for a work permit and move to Canada. For most job roles, an LMIA is required. However, some positions are exempt from requiring one.

Along with the approved LMIA and other necessary documents from your employer, you can then begin to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit from the IRCC. Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to acquire a temporary residence visa (TRV) before travelling to Canada.

Once accepted, you will receive your work permit when you arrive in the country by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer. It is important to note that a temporary work permit is only for a finite time. If you wish to become a permanent resident of Canada, you could do so under one of these programs:


Thanks to its diverse community, Canada has a broad range of pathways to welcome people from all corners of the world. One of those many pathways is acquiring a work permit. A temporary work permit can be a great stepping stone for people looking to reside in Canada long-term and work alongside Canadian employers, helping support the country's economy. Start your Canadian dream today with In Time Immigration and Recruitment.



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