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What are the types of Temporary Work Visas for Canada?

Canada offers various types of temporary work visas, also known as work permits, to foreign nationals who wish to work in the country for a limited period. Here are some of the main types of temporary work visas in Canada:

Employer-Specific Work Permits: These work permits are issued for a specific job with a particular employer. To apply for this type of work permit, you will typically need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, and the employer may need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) unless the job offer falls under an LMIA exemption.

Open Work Permits: Open work permits allow you to work for any employer in Canada, except for certain restricted occupations. They do not require a specific job offer or an LMIA. Open work permits may be available through specific programs or categories, such as the International Experience Canada (IEC) program or the Spousal/Common-Law Partner Work Permit.

International Mobility Program (IMP) Work Permits: The IMP includes various work permit streams that facilitate the entry of foreign workers without the need for an LMIA. This includes intra-company transferees, professionals under international agreements (e.g., NAFTA), and individuals eligible under significant economic, social, or cultural benefits.

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP): The SAWP allows agricultural employers in Canada to hire temporary foreign workers for specific seasonal agricultural jobs when there are not enough Canadian workers available. It enables agricultural workers from specific countries to work in Canada for a limited period.

Caregiver Program Work Permits: Caregiver work permits are available for individuals who will provide in-home care for children, the elderly, or individuals with medical needs in Canada. The caregiver program includes two streams: the Home Child Care Provider and the Home Support Worker.

International Co-op (Internship) Work Permits: These permits are available to foreign students studying in Canada who want to gain work experience in their field of study through a co-op or internship program.

These are some of the main types of temporary work permits in Canada. Each type has specific eligibility criteria, requirements, and application processes. It’s important to review the official Canadian government website or consult with a qualified immigration professional to understand the specific requirements for the work permit program that suits your circumstances.

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