Canada Employer-Specific Work Permit

The Canadian government requires employers to apply for a Canada Employer-Specific Work Permit for foreign nationals who will be working in Canada on a temporary basis.

An employer-specific work permit has some important conditions that you must follow.

These conditions include the person you can work for (in this case, your employer), the time period that you can work for, and the location. These conditions are written on your work permit itself.

It is important to know that this kind of work permit allows a foreign national to only work for one employer, and at one position.

While you might be able to fill in your application form yourself, you might want to get into the details of a work permit, before applying. Make sure you know all the due dates and requirements pre-hand.

This opportunity is open to all foreign nationals and this permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit.

Both you and your employer must complete certain steps and give you an employment number to include in your application.

Who Is It For

The Canada Temporary Work Permit is for people who has received a request to work in Canada by their employer.

How to Qualify?

There are specific requirements you need to meet depending on where you are when you apply for your work permit.

But regardless of where you apply or which type of work permit you apply for, you must

  • prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires;
  • show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home;
  • obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (we may ask you to give us a police clearance certificate);
  • not be a danger to Canada’s security;
  • be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed;
  • not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions;
  • not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages; and
  • give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.

Source: Canada Temporary Work Permit Eligibility Criteria

Process

Canada employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit, such as:

  • the name of the specific employer you can work for
  • how long you can work
  • the location where you can work (if applicable)

Before you submit your application for an employer-specific work permit, the employer who wants to hire you must complete certain steps and give you either a copy of a Labour Market Impact Assessment or an offer of employment number to include in your application.

Documents Needed

You must show your Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction to the BSO, along with:

  • your passport
  • your visa (if you need one), and
  • any travel documents you’re carrying (such as airline tickets)

You should also have supporting documents, such as:

  • proof that you meet requirements of the job, such as proof of work experience and education,
  • a copy of your employer’s positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (if required), or
  • the offer of employment number your employer received when they submitted the offer of employment through the Employer Portal (if you are LMIA-exempt and coming to work for a specific employer).

Once the BSO has checked your documents and confirms that you can enter Canada, the officer will print the actual work permit for you. If you have questions or there’s a mistake on your work permit, ask the officer before you leave.

Source: Documents Required For Canada Employer-Specific Work Permits

Government Fees

From $155

Source: Canada Temporary Work Permit