Work Visa

Work Visa Eligibility

Any foreign national who wants to work in Canada need to obtain a work permit, except in some cases. A foreign national, in order to obtain a temporary work permit, must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

  • Intention to Leave
  • Sufficient Funds
  • Background
  • Medical Exam
  • Employer
  • Document

You need to satisfy the officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires.

You need to demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to arrange to return home.

You need to have a clear criminal record to in order to become eligible and your presence will not be a security risk in Canada.

You need to be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed.

  • You must not plan to work with an employer whose status is listed as “ineligible”, who failed to comply with the conditions.
  • You must not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.

You need to provide the officer with other documents to prove you can enter Canada.

Work Permit Types

In order to work in Canada, there are four types of work permit: Open work permits, Employer-specific work permits, International Experience Canada program and Global

  • Open Work Permit
  • Employer-Specific Work Permits
  • International Experience Canada Program
  • Global Work Permit

A foreign national may be eligible for an Open Work Permit in the following situation:

Post Graduate Work Permit: If you are currently in Canada and have a valid study or work permit, or your spouse or parents have a study or work permit,

Destitute Student: if you are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)

Permanent residency in-process: if you have applied for permanent residence in Canada

Dependent under Family class: If you are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence


  •  If you are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student
  •  If you are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Refugee: If you are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member

Removal order: If you are under an unenforceable removal order

TRV: If you are a temporary resident permit holder

 Special programs: If you are a young worker participating in special program

Note: In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.

A foreign national may be eligible for an employer-specific work permit; it allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:

1. The name of the employer you can work for

2. How long you can work

3. The location where you can work (if applicable)

Employers also need to meet basic requirements to hire you. They need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a document given by the Government of Canada that gives Canadian employers permission to hire foreign workers, to hire a foreign worker.

A foreign national may be eligible for an International Experience Canada in the following cases:

  • your country or territory of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for an IEC work permit or
    you may be able to use a recognized organization (RO)
  • You must also meet the eligibility requirements for your country or territory of citizenship and the pool you’re applying for.

Some countries only allow you to participate once. Others allow you to participate twice, but in different pools. Because each country is different, it’s important that you check to see if you’re eligible to apply.

Even if you’re issued an invitation to apply (ITA), you can’t participate more times than your country allows. Make sure you read and understand all the requirements before you submit an application.

Under the Global Talent Stream, skilled workers can expect their Canada work permits and Canada visa applications processed within two weeks. The program was launched on June 12, 2017, with Quebec unveiling its version of the program on September 11, 2017.

A key element of the Global Talent Stream is that registered employers will need to commit to creating jobs for Canadians and transferring knowledge to Canadian workers, under a Labour Market Benefits Plan.

Key Elements Of The Global Talent Stream

  • Two-week standard for processing Canada work permit applications (and Canada visa applications when applicable) for highly skilled talent.
  • Dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada.
  • Dropping of the work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work (30 days or less in a 12-month period), and brief academic stays.
  • Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream will have access to the new streamlined application process that will provide:
    • Client-focused service to help guide eligible employers through the application process and the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days.
    • Eligibility for workers to have their work permit applications processed in 10 business days.

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