How to Get a Work Permit in Canada

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The dense job market of Canada attracts a vast number of foreigners. According to Statista, in 2020, Canada observed a total of 284,000 immigrants. 

Any foreigner, who wants to work in Canada, will need to apply for a work permit. If you also plan to get a job in Canada, you will need to apply for a work permit.

How to apply for a work permit

To get a work permit in Canada, you will need to qualify some requirements. The applying procedure is as follows:

  1. To get a work permit, you will need to get approval from the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). However, he cannot apply for it all by himself. He will need a Canadian employer to do that for him. The employer himself will also have to follow some rules. First, he should try to employ a local citizen for the job under consideration. If he fails to find a suitable employee for the job post, only then can he offer the job to a foreigner. He will also need to approve this job offer from LMIA. This approval will help the foreigner in getting his work permit. He can ask the foreigner for a copy of the documentation of the LMIA approval.
  2. Once having the approval in your hand, you can successfully apply for a work permit. The first step is to apply for biometric and submitting the biometric fee. 
  3. After successfully passing through the biometric, prepare your application. Provide the right information and authentic documents for a smooth and hassle-free process. Prepare a list of the required document by visiting the official website of the Government of Canada. Prepare an application with all the required and authentic documents. 

Additional Details Regarding the Canadian Work Permit

If you have applied or are going to apply for a Canadian Work Permit, there is some additional information that you should be knowing. 

  1. When you apply for a work permit, remember that these work permits are employer-specific. If the employer fires you or you plan to leave the job, you will have to leave the country, too. Also, if you plan to switch from an employer from whose reference you were issued a work permit to another employer, you will need to apply for a new work permit, only unless you have an open work permit.
  2. The duration of a work permit is of four years. After completing this duration, your permit will expire. Remember, if your passport expires before the permit, you will have to apply for a new permit. Also, when your work permit or your passport expires, you will have to spend the same duration of four years outside Canada to apply for another work permit.

Eligibility for an Open Work Permit

An open work permit allows you to work for several employers at a time or alternatively. But not everyone is eligible for an open work permit. You can get an open work permit if you belong to any of these categories:

  • Someone working under a closed work permit and is being deprived of his rights by the employer.
  • Someone who has applied for permanent residence or are one of their dependents.
  • Someone being employed through special programs, e.g., SAWP.
  • Someone who succeeds in obtaining refugee status either through government or privately.
  • An international student can apply for an open work permit in two cases if he fails to pay his education dues during the period of his study or after his graduation. Also, his spouse or common-law partner is eligible.

Working in Canada without a work permit

There are also some work permit Exemptions. You can also work under different employers that too without a work permit, only if you fall within any of these categories.

  • A convention planner
  • A healthcare student
  • A sportsperson
  • A judge
  • An emergency service provider
  • Belong to the military
  • An aviation inspector
  • A media reporter
  • An examiner
  • Performing artists
  • A business visitor
  • Public speakers
  • An investigator
  • A short-term researcher
  • Clergy
  • A student working off-campus or on-campus
  • A foreign representative and his dependents or spouse 
  • A short-term highly skilled worker

Also, keep in mind that even if you belong to any of these categories, you might still need a work permit if you do not fulfill other requirements.