For working in Canada, a work permit to work legally is required if you are not a permanent Canadian resident. Before coming to Canada, it is mandatory to apply for a work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
It is required for the person to possess a job offer before applying for a work permit in Canada.
There are two types of open work permits, unrestricted and restricted. Canada Open Work Permit is issued with either the occupational restrictions (depending on the candidate’s health status) or location restrictions (this depends on the category.
The employer must implement the Labour Market Impact Assessment from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It is up to the ESDC to determine whether the employer can hire an immigrant worker.
Incomparable work permits are available for groups of workers. Special work permit programs are available for workers like caregivers and business owners to work in Canada temporarily.
Who Is It For
The Canada Open Work Permit is applicable for:
- Business people
- Temporary Workers
- Agricultural Workers
Source: Canada Work Permits
How to Qualify?
To apply for Canada Open Work Permit:
- Give proof to an officer that you will move out of Canada on the expiry of your Work Permit
- Have documents showing that you have enough funds to support yourself and your family during your stay in Canada
- Have no record of any criminal activity and submit a police clearance certificate as proof
- Are not a danger to Canada’s security
- Must have good health and take a medical exam if required
- Have no plans to work for an employer listed as ineligible by the government because they failed to comply with certain conditions
- Have no plans to work for an employer who offers erotic dance, escort services, striptease, or erotic massages
- Must be ready to provide any documents demanded by officers to qualify your entry to Canada
The processing time to get open work permit is 3 to 27 weeks depending on your country of citizenship. You can also get open work permit in Canada for spouse. Get the right work permit for your situation.
There are 2 types of work permits.
- Employer-specific work permit
An 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.
- Open work permit
An open work permit lets you work for any employer in Canada, except for one that:
- is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or
- regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages
- You can only get an open work permit in specific situations.
Below documents are needed to apply for the Canada Open Work Permits:
- A valid passport with a validity of more than 6 months from the planned date of arrival in Canada.
- Two recent passport-sized photographs
- Educational qualification certificates
- Proof of professional qualifications, including work experience
- Proof of having adequate financial resources to cover their expenses during their stay in Canada
- Medical examination required to be done from registered hospitals.
- Application fee
If you’re applying for an open work permit, make sure you pay all applicable fees: work permit fee ($155) open work permit holder fee ($100)
Canada Open Work Permit Eligibility Conditions:
- Proof of financial resources that can support yours and your family’s stay in Canada during the work permit validity
- Proof that you have no history of a criminal record
- Proof that you are in good health
- Willingness to adhere to the conditions of your work permit even if you are given a restricted work permit
- Meet eligibility conditions such as language skills, biometric data, and insurance