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How to Apply for a Work Permit in Canada in 6 steps

how to apply for a work permit in Canada

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The following steps will explain how to apply for a work permit in Canada.

1. Look into the application processing times

The amount of processing time is affected by where you have applied.

To ensure that the process is expedited, you can:

  • make certain that all the appropriate information is filled out on your application
  • inform the visa office of any changes to the information on your application
  • submit clear and legible photocopies and documents
  • submit certified English or French translations of documents, if necessary
  • apply from a country where you are a citizen or a permanent resident

At the same time, if it is necessary for the visa office to take extra steps when dealing with your application, then the processing time will be extended.

This could happen if:

  • your application indicates criminal or security issues
  • your family situation is vague due to an event, such as a divorce or an incomplete adoption or an unresolved child custody situation
  • the local visa office needs to confer with other Citizenship and Immigration offices in Canada or in other countries
  • a medical examination is necessary

2. Acquire an application package

All the necessary forms and a guide to filling out the application are in the package.  You can download it here.

Prior to filling in the application, you need the following:

  • a written job offer from your employer
  • evidence that you meet the job requirements (such as proof of a specific level of education or past work experience)
  • a positive labour market opinion on your job issued by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), if the job necessitates one.  Ensure that your employer will get the HRSDC opinion, and then send it to you.  Keep in mind that a positive opinion will not guarantee that you will receive a work permit.

When your job does not necessitate an HRSDC opinion, you will need:

  • a valid passport or travel document that will prove your identity, and attests that you are eligible to return to the country where it was issued
  • evidence of your present immigration status for the country in which you are applying, if you are not a citizen of that country

Your employer will send the labour market opinion confirmation letter to you once they receive confirmation that you can be offered a job.  You are then required to submit the job offer along with your application.

3.  Choose to where your application will be submitted

Your application must be submitted to your local visa office.  You must have legal status in the country from where you’re submitting.

4.  Besides knowing how to apply for a work permit in Canada, you may need to know how to apply for a temporary visa as well.

Aside from meeting the requirements for a work permit, it is necessary to meet the general requirements for entering Canada if you plan to work in the country.  As a result, it might be necessary to have a passport and a temporary resident visa.

You are not required to apply separately for a temporary resident visa if you need one, nor is a separate fee necessary.  The visa will be issued along with the documentation you need for entering Canada, if your work permit is approved.

You will not need a passport or temporary resident visa if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., Greenland or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.  However, you would be required to produce a proof of citizenship or permanent residence.

5.  Pay the appropriate processing fee

A work permit application requires a non-refundable fee.  You can usually pay in your local currency.  Visit your local visa office’s website for more information, such as how to pay your fee.

6.  Send in your application form

Ensure that your form is complete, including a signature and date, and include all the proper documents and fees.  If it is not properly completed or if anything is missing, the application will be returned.

There is more than simply knowing how to apply for a work permit in Canada – you might need help with the application itself.

Remember, the application processing fee is non-refundable, so the application needs to be right the first time.  There are lots of details you must make sure to include, and if information is incomplete or incorrect, the application will be denied and returned to you.  Enlist the help of someone who can take you through the steps and help you complete the forms properly.  An experienced immigration lawyer offers this valuable service.

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