Working in Canada is still considered to be one of the most beautiful dreams of a lot of people. The countries that issue the most work permits to Canada are the United Kingdom, India and Mexico. All countries looking for work can get them.The thought of living and working in Canada has never crossed your mind. Maybe you’ve never heard anything good about Canada or maybe you have heard just the opposite? Whatever the case, this article was written for people who are curious about living and working in Canada as well as those who have already decided to go to work there. It is also tailored to those of you who have never worked abroad before. Regardless of the aforementioned, getting a work visa in Canada can be easy to do with sufficient planning as will be discussed later on.
How Can I Get A Work Visa In Canada
At some stage in your career, it’s likely that you’ll need to move to a new country to work. In the vast majority of cases, this move will require a visa, and Canada is no exception. However, while a large proportion of English speaking countries support work visas, Canada operates on a points-based system. In this guide, we take a look at the most common ways of getting your foot in the door for working in Canada. There are many different types of work visas; some require sponsorship by a Canadian employer, others allow you to apply independently by proving a prospective job offer from a Canadian employer.
How do I come to Canada as a temporary foreign worker?
To come to Canada as a temporary foreign worker, you must get a work permit. There are different kinds of work permits.
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you need a work permit to work legally in Canada.
In general, you need to apply for a work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or a Canadian visa office before you come to Canada. For these work permits:
- You need to get a job offer from a Canadian employer before you apply.
- The employer must apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
- ESDC will decide whether the employer can hire a foreign worker to fill the job.
For more information, go to Working Temporarily in Canada on the IRCC website.
If You Are in Canada
If you are already in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for a special type of work permit.
For more information, go to Eligibility to Apply from Inside Canada.
Work Permits are Temporary
You cannot use a work permit to immigrate to Canada. If you want to come to Canada as a permanent resident based on your work skills and experience, see if you qualify to apply as a skilled worker.
Find more information about Immigrating to Ontario.
Can I become a permanent resident?
Temporary foreign workers can apply for permanent residence under these programs:
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- Caregiver Program – Note: There are changes coming to the Caregiver program in 2019. We will keep this updated when information comes available.
You must meet eligibility requirements to apply for these programs.
You can also apply as a skilled worker, but there is no special category within the skilled worker class for temporary foreign workers.
For More Information
- Working Temporarily in Canada – Information for foreign workers and Canadian employers. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- Applications to Work in Canada: Work Permits – Application forms and instructions about how to apply. From IRCC.
- Applying to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada – Worker (IMM 5553) – Information about who can apply for a work permit from inside Canada, and how to apply. From IRCC.
- IRCC Help Centre – A tool that helps answer frequently asked questions on immigration matters. It offers several ways of searching through the information available, including search by keyword. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – The federal department responsible for Canadian immigration, refugees and citizenship. Its website has information on immigration policy, programs and services, application kits, and more.