Passport & Consular Services

How to Apply for a Temporary Work Visa for Canada?

To apply for a temporary work visa, also known as a work permit, for Canada, you will generally need to follow these steps:

Determine your eligibility: Review the eligibility requirements for the specific work permit program or stream you are interested in. Consider factors such as the job offer, LMIA requirements, skill level, and other criteria. Ensure that you meet the necessary qualifications.

Job offer and LMIA (if applicable): Secure a job offer from a Canadian employer. If an LMIA is required, the employer will need to apply for and obtain the LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). However, certain work permit categories, such as those under the International Mobility Program, may be exempt from the LMIA requirement.

Gather required documents: Prepare the necessary documents for your work permit application. This typically includes your passport, job offer letter, proof of qualifications and work experience, language test results, and any other documents specific to the program you are applying under. Ensure that all documents are accurate and up to date.

Submit the application: You can apply for a work permit online or through a paper application, depending on your eligibility and the specific program. Follow the instructions provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the application method you choose. Pay the required application fee.

Biometrics and medical examination: In some cases, you may be required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) as part of the application process. You may also need to undergo a medical examination by an approved panel physician to ensure you meet the health requirements.

Wait for a decision: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the processing of your work permit. Processing times can vary depending on factors such as the program, location, and current volume of applications. You can check the status of your application online.

Arrive in Canada and obtain the work permit: If your application is approved, you will receive a letter of introduction. When you arrive in Canada, present this letter to the immigration officer at the port of entry. The officer will issue your work permit, which may have conditions or restrictions, such as the employer name and duration of employment.

It’s important to note that the application process and requirements can vary depending on the specific work permit program or stream you are applying under. It’s recommended to consult the official Canadian government website or seek professional immigration advice for detailed and up-to-date information specific to your circumstances.

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