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Work Permit Overview
A Canadian work permit (Government authorized papers) allows a foreign national to work in Canada temporarily. Most foreign nationals must have a work permit to work in Canada, regardless of nationality.
There are two types of work permits:
Employer-specific work permits are issued to foreign nationals who have been offered a job in Canada by a specific employer. Before hiring a foreign national (job seeker), the employer must comprise a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
The LMIA is like official evidence of confirmation that no Canadian citizen or any permanent resident is available and willing to perform the job.
Open work permits are issued to foreign nationals without a specific job offer in Canada. Foreign nationals can work for any employer in Canada with an open work permit as long as they comply with the conditions of their permit.
Difference between a Canadian work permit and a visa:
There are many different types of visas, including visitor visas, student visas, and work visas. The type of visa you need will depend on your purpose for visiting Canada.
A work permit is a government-authorized work document that allows you to come and work in Canada for a specific employer and in a specific occupation.
There are many different types of work permits, including employer-specific work permits, open work permits, and post-graduate work permits. The type of work permit you need will depend on your situation.
To apply for a work permit, you must submit an application form, provide supporting documentation, and pay a processing fee.
Suppose you’re a citizen of a country that requires an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada. In that case, you’ll need to get it in addition to your visa and work permit. An eTA is a travel authorization that’s connected to your passport. It enables you to fly to Canada without getting a visa.
Work Visa in Canada Requirements (Eligibility)
To apply for a Canadian work permit, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be a citizen of a country that requires a visa to enter Canada.
You must have a valid passport (Minimum six-month validity)
You must have a valid visa if required.
You must have a job offer from a Canadian employer (for employer-specific work permits).
You must have obtained an LMIA (for employer-specific work permits).
Police verification certificate
Applying for a Canadian work permit can be done online or by mail, with a typical processing time of 6-8 weeks.
Types of Work Permits in Canada:
The Canadian government has optimized various work permits for foreign nationals who seek to work and stay in Canada and contribute to its economy and diverse culture. The two primary work permits are Employe Specific and Open Work Permit, which we have already discussed in the overview section. Apart from these two, there exist several other work permits that foreign job seekers often use.
The most common types of work permits in Canada include the following:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP):
These work permits are issued to foreign nationals to fill temporary labor shortages in Canada. The TFWP has many different streams, each with its eligibility requirements.
International Mobility Program (IMP):
These permits are issued to foreign nationals who are coming to Canada to work in several different occupations, including:
Athletes and artists
Temporary international students who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution
Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWP):
Working Holiday Visas:
These visas allow young people from certain countries to work and travel in Canada for up to 24 months.
Your Work in Canada Options
It all starts with a job offer from a Canadian employer. With a full-time permanent job offer, you may qualify for Arranged Employment under the Federal Skilled Worker program or for a Skilled Worker category of one of the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP). Both of these options will entitle you to fast-track Canadian Immigration (Permanent Residency).If you have an offer of temporary employment, you may be entitled to a Canada Temporary Work Permit. With a Work Permit, you could be in Canada in a matter of weeks to months.
Canadian Work Permit Process:
If you’re planning to apply for a Canadian work permit, the process may differ depending on the type of permit you require. Nonetheless, there are some general steps that you should follow.
1) First, find a decent job from a registered Canadian employer relevant to your education and skill set.
2) Apply for a work permit by providing the following details.
Your passport information
Your job offer letter
The LMIA results
Proof of education and work experience
A processing fee
The time it takes to process a Canadian work permit depends on the permit you request. If you are applying for an employer-specific permit, it usually takes 30 days to process. On the other hand, an open work permit may take up to 60 days to process.
Apply for Jobs in Canada:
If you’re a skilled immigrant, Canada’s leading industries seek people like you to fill their urgent skills gaps. You can take the first step toward your next career opportunity in Canada. Search for Canadian employers by industry to find a job matching your skills and qualifications.
Some of the most hyped and well-paid jobs in Canada include:
Engineering Project Manager
IT Project Manager
Average Salary range in CAD
$52,000 to $64,000
$63,000 to $75,000
$74,000 to $92,000
$73,000 to $87,000
$92,000 to $114,000
$75,000 to $92,000
$83,000 to $99,000
$59,000 to $71,000
SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN JOB SEEKERS – OVERVIEW
We offer personalized help and services that are better targeted to your needs and more access to training opportunities and work experience to help you find and keep a job.
Having the right plan to find the right job
Connecting you with Canadian employers
ICS’s recruiters are also working closely with employers to identify key employment opportunities and areas where skills are in demand. By building a close partnership with us, you can have greater confidence that the skills you develop will match the skills employers actually need. Having the right skills for the job you want will help you to make a quick, smooth transition into the workforce.
Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada
Along with the PROCESSING OF IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS and JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE, we offer INTERNATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATIONS to compare your studies done outside Canada to studies done in one of Canada’s education systems (comparative evaluation for studies). Comparative Evaluation for Studies is the major factor that determines your suitability for employment in Canada and your successful integration into the Canadian labor market.
Read more on the services available to employers
How can ICS help you obtain a work permit?
We offer personalized help and services that are better targeted to your needs and more access to training opportunities and work experience to help you find and keep a job in Canada. If you are a foreign job seeker interested in receiving help from ICS’s recruiters in most instances, you should submit our Initial Consultation Form to open a file with our company and schedule your consultation with one of our advisors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Can I work in Canada without a work permit?
Most foreign nationals need to obtain a work permit to work in Canada. However, there are some exceptions. It includes a lot of prospects and options, which our officials can help you understand better once you contact them.
Does a Canada work permit without IELTS possible?
Yes, it is possible to get a Canada work permit without IELTS. However, there are a few requirements that you must meet, like:
A valid job offer from a Canadian employer who has obtained a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
You must comprise the necessary skills and experience for the job.
Communication frequency in English or French
Is proof of funds required for a Canada work permit?
Yes, proof of funds is usually required for a Canada work permit. The amount of funds required varies depending on the program and the applicant's circumstances. However, you must generally have enough money to support yourself and your family for at least three months.
Do Canadian work permits have an age limit?
There is no maximum age limit for most Canadian work permits. However, there is a minimum age of 18 for all work permits. Some exceptions exist to this rule, such as the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, which allows young people between 18 and 35 to work and travel in Canada.
Can international students work in Canada after graduation?
Yes, international students can work in Canada after graduation. They can apply for a Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which allows them to work for up to three years in Canada after graduation. To be eligible for a PGWP, students must be graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada and completed a full-time program of at least eight months.
Do I need IELTS for a work permit in Canada?
Whether or not you need to take the IELTS for a work permit in Canada depends on a few factors, including your citizenship, the type of work permit you are applying for, and the job offer you have received. So it's better to discuss this matter with our officials to get a clear view.