If you have followed our guide and received the Canadian job offer of your dreams, you will be asked to apply for a work permit to live and work in Canada soon.
There are two types of Canadian work permits: an open work permit and an employer-specific work permit. This is different from the travel visa that allows you to enter the country. In fact, you need to get both before you move.
The time it takes to process work permits varies depending on where you are applying from and whether or not you have submitted a complete application. Incomplete applications may be delayed or rejected, so be sure to ask for help if you are unsure about something, whether it is how to fill out the form correctly or whether you need to know what supporting documents need to be submitted.
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Simply click on the link below or read on to find out how, in 3 simple steps, you can get your Canadian work permit and join the thousands of newcomers who can now call Canada at home.
How to get a work permit for Canada in 3 easy steps
Step 1: Choose your work permit
The type of work permit you apply for depends on the nature of your employment. As already mentioned, there are two types of work visa:
Open work permit – This allows you to work for any employer in Canada; and
Employer-specific work permit – This allows you to work according to the specifications set out in your work permit, including the name of your employer, the duration of your work permit, and your place of work.
If, for example, you are an international student who has recently completed your qualification at one of Canada’s Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) and would like to apply to stay in Canada through the Post Graduate Work Permit Program, an open work permit would be the right way to do so. It will allow you to live and work anywhere in Canada and gain sufficient Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence.
If you are an agricultural worker, for example, you would need a specific work permit from your employer because you can only work for a specific company in a specific province or territory.
Step 2: Check suitability
There are a number of requirements that must be met to be considered eligible to live and work in Canada. To apply for a work permit is necessary:
- Be able to prove that you will leave Canada once your work permit expires;
- Have proof of funds to support yourself and your family during your stay in Canada, as well as to return home.
- Have a clean record;
- Be in good health (you may need a medical examination); and
- Make sure your employer is eligible to hire you (you may need an LMIA to apply); and
Step 3: Submission of the application
The best way to apply for a Canadian work permit is online. This will avoid courier costs and significantly reduce application time. Any delays will also be avoided, especially if additional supporting documentation is required. It also ensures that your application is complete.
Processing times vary depending on the country of origin and can range from 2 to 33 weeks.
However, it is important to note that processing time can be reduced if you use an accredited CRIC, as this indicates that the documents have already been verified.
However, Canada work visa processing time may be delayed even if a complete application is not submitted. Often an incomplete application will be returned and you may be required to attend an interview with officials from your home country or to resubmit your application with additional supporting documentation. Trovare professionisti