Every year, over 150,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or to work as live-in caregivers.Some temporary workers require a work permit and some do not. For some categories of workers, permits are approved more quickly.The requirements and processing times depend on the sort of work you will do when you come to Canada
To apply for a work permit from outside Canada, you must submit the following documents:
- a job offer from a Canadian employer
- a completed application, that shows that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and
- written confirmation from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) that the employer can hire a foreign worker to fill the job. This confirmation is called a positive labour market opinion.
You must also do the following:
- Satisfy a visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your work permit.
- Show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family while you are in Canada.
- Respect the law and have no criminal record. (You may have to provide a police clearance certificate)
- Show that you are not a risk to the security of Canada
Jobs that don’t require work permit in Canada
- Crew members
- Emergency service providers
- Examiners and evaluators
- Expert witnesses or investigators
- Family members of foreign representatives
- Foreign government officers
- Foreign representatives
- Health-care students
- Judges, referees and similar officials
- Military personnel
- News reporters, film and media crews
- Performing artists
- Public speakers
- Students working on campus
What is the difference between Temporary Foreign Worker and Permanent Foreign Worker?
A temporary foreign worker can be considered if the job:
- Is temporary but, full-time; or
- Is permanent but, an employee is needed to bridge the gap until a Canadian citizen or permanent resident worker can be recruited or trained.
A permanent foreign worker can be considered if:
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident worker cannot be trained in
time to meet your need; and
- The job offers reasonable prospects of continuity.
Begin your Canadian Visa Application Process Today
As Canadian immigration specialists, ICS is committed to ensuring that you obtain the best Canadian visa or immigration service for your requirements. You can set your application in motion today by submitting our Initial Consultation Form to schedule your consultation with one of our immigration attorneys.
After we assess your qualifications, you will be informed if you qualify. If you would qualify to apply for a Work Permit, we open your file and proceed with the processing of your application for the temporary foreign worker visa.
Please note that ICS will not share your personal information with any other third party, any information submitted to us will only be used to assess your visa eligibility.