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Work Permit Visa

Work Permit Visa

A work permit for Canada can only be obtained if you have an offer of employment before applying for your Canadian work visa. Canada seeks to attract temporary skilled workers to fill positions that Canadian employers are currently having difficulty to fill by a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen.
A Canadian work permit is issued on a temporary basis only and on the condition that you work for the specific employer sponsoring you. You can apply to change your Canada immigration status once in Canada, however the Canada work visa is not transferable and you will not be able to stay and work in Canada on your Canadian Visa upon termination of your employment.
Your employer must take the following steps before applying for a Canadian Work Visa:

  • Your employer must first confirm your position is suitable to apply for a Canadian Work Permit by making an application to Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
  • Your employer must then offer you the confirmed position
  • Your employer must then make an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a Work Permit for Canada.

Please be aware that not all employment offers will be considered and HRDC’s role is to confirm that your position will be of benefit to the Canadian Labour Market and of no threat to Canadian citizens employment opportunities before an application for a Canada Work Permit can be considered.
In summary, employers that need to address skill shortages in Canada may seek to employ a foreign national by sponsoring a Canadian Visa.
If you have an offer of employment from a Canadian employer, you may be eligible to apply for a Work Permit. Please feel free to contact us for further information.
We can ensure that your permit is obtained without delay and have you living and working in Canada in a matter of days depending on your quick response to our efficient Work Permit process.


Application for Canadian Work Visa

Once the LMO has been issued by Service Canada, the foreign worker will be invited to apply for a Canadian Work Visa or Canadian Work Permit at a Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission outside of Canada. In some cases, the foreign worker will be required to attend at an inte+rview with a visa officer. If the visa officer is satisfied that the foreign worker's employment will not adversely effect employment in Canada for Canadians, and that the foreign worker qualifies for the position, then a Canada Work Permit will be issued.

Note : In some cases, applicants from certain countries will be required to undergo medical examinations.

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Not Everyone requires an LMO to get a Canada Work Visa. There are certain occupations which do not require an LMO from Service Canada such as: Certain computer professionals who qualify under the Software Development Workers Pilot Project (SDWPP). Foreign Students holding a Canadian Study Permit, Citizens of the United States whose occupations fall under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This category is for US Citizens and Mexican Citizens, Spouses of Highly Skilled Workers who qualify under the Spousal Pilot Project.

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