Canadian Work Permit
A Canadian work permit is a temporary resident visa
issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to grant permission to
foreign workers seeking to engage in employment in Canada. It most
commonly has maximum validity of up to one year, although work
permits can be issued for up to three years in some cases. An
authorization may come in various forms, and often requires advanced
approval prior to eligibility to enter Canada for work.
Every year over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada
working temporarily to help Canadian employers address skill
shortages in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and
Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) ensure that these
workers will support economic growth in Canada and create more
opportunities for all Canadian job seekers.
These steps must be followed before you apply for a
An employer must first offer you a job.
HRSDC must normally provide a labor market
opinion or 'confirmation' of your job offer.
However, some types of work are exempt from
After HRSDC confirms that a foreign national
may fill the job, you apply to CIC for your
1. What is a Canadian Work Permit?
A Canadian work permit is a temporary resident visa issued by
Citizenship and Immigration Canada to grant permission to foreign
workers seeking to engage in employment in Canada. It most commonly
has maximum validity of up to one year, although work permits can be
issued for up to three years in some cases.
2. Once a work permit is issued, can I change
It would generally be necessary to seek a new work permit in order
to engage in work with a different employer. A work permit is
generally issued on the basis of an intention to work in a specific
position and for a specific employer.
3. Will a work permit lead to permanent resident
A work permit is a temporary resident visa and does not lead
directly to a Canadian permanent resident visa. However, there is no
bar to an application for permanent resident status while residing
in Canada as a temporary resident with a work permit. Possession of
a Canadian work permit may facilitate admissibility for a permanent
4. Who can make a job offer?
A job offer is made by a Canadian employer that requires the
services of a foreign individual in Canada.
5. What is Job Offer Confirmation?
Job offer Confirmation is conducted by Service Canada (Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada), which renders a Labour
Market Opinion (LMO). This organization works in conjunction with
Citizenship and Immigration Canada to ensure that the employment of
foreign workers has an overall neutral or beneficial effect to the
Canadian labor market.
6. How long does Confirmation take?
The duration of the Confirmation process depends on a number of
factors, including the specific location at which the offer is being
made. There are several Service Canada offices throughout Canada,
and the location will affect processing delays. On average, delays
for such cases are 45 to 60 days, although in some regions these
delays may extend to several months at present.
7. Who can apply for a Canadian work permit?
With few exceptions, work permits are sought by those who have work
arranged in Canada. This can include an offer of direct employment
with a Canadian employer, contract employment in Canada, or some
business activities in Canada. Such work must be described and
documented in an application for a work permit.
8. How long will it take?
The process of obtaining a Canadian work permit varies in duration,
depending on the nature of the qualifications of the applicant, the
nature of the job offer, the nationality and residence of the
applicant, and the province of the applicant's destination.
9. Can I extend my work permit once it is issued?
Yes, it is typically possible to apply for an extension of an
existing work permit. Such applications are submitted to a Case
Processing Centre located within Canada, and the applicant is not
required to leave Canada during the application process.
Send your detailed resume to find out if you qualify