Canada Work Permit

Canada Work Permit

Canada Work Visa – Work in Canada

If you’re a foreign national seeking to work in Canada temporarily, you’ll generally need a work permit. Work permits are issued through two main programs: the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The TFWP provides work permits for individuals whose employers obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). A positive LMIA confirms the need for a foreign worker to fill a specific job, and that no Canadian worker is available for the position.

On the other hand, IMP work permits don’t require a positive LMIA. Instead, the employer must submit an employment offer through their employer portal.

There are two types of work permits issued in Canada: employer-specific work permits and open work permits.

Employer-Specific Work Permit:

  • Includes conditions like the name of the specific employer, the duration of employment, and the location of work.
  • Candidates must have a positive LMIA or an offer of employment from their employer before applying.

Open Work Permit:

  • Allows you to work for any employer in Canada under specific circumstances.

Work Permit Exemptions:

  • Certain occupations are exempt from the work permit requirement.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP):

  • Designed to assist Canadian employers in hiring foreign workers to address labor market shortages.
  • Comprises four streams: high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and the Live-In Caregiver Program.
  • Foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada under the TFWP.
  • The LMIA process ensures that foreign workers don’t take jobs that Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available for.

For more information about work permit conditions, validity, and duration, you can visit and SkilledWorker, our in-house recruitment enterprise that assists employers and job seekers in the recruitment process, obtaining favorable LMIAs, and applying for Canada work permits and related visas.

Family Members’ Work Options in Canada:

  • The family members of Canadian work permit holders can accompany them to Canada.
  • Each family member must complete their own application forms, but they can be submitted together.
  • Family members who wish to work in Canada will need their own Canada work permit.
  • In certain cases, spouses or common-law partners may be eligible for an open work permit.
  • Children of temporary foreign workers who want to study in Canada will need a study permit.

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