The Process For Getting a Work Permit & Living In Canada 2017

Amy Smith / 3 min read
Thinking of moving to Canada? In order to relocate, immigrate, work in or study in Canada you need to have the proper permits and ensure you apply for a permit correctly, otherwise it could hurt your chances of entering the country permanently. Before you start, you will need a valid credit card to make payments and the ability to upload your documents by making electronic copies (usually with a scanner or a decent camera.)
Thinking of moving to Canada? In order to relocate, immigrate, work in or study in Canada you need to have the proper permits and ensure you apply for a permit correctly, otherwise it could hurt your chances of entering the country permanently. Before you start, you will need a valid credit card to make payments and the ability to upload your documents by making electronic copies (usually with a scanner or a decent camera.)

If you have a role in place already, your employer may need to get a temporary work permit as a bridging until your work permit is applied, accepted and issued. They may also need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if applicable before they then extend a temporary offer to you and then you can apply for your work permit. 

Applying For Your Work Permit: 

Step One: Check your eligibility, this can be done via the government portal here. This will involve answering questions about your age, nationality, work experience, job offer details, education and family. 

Step Two: Submitting documents. For employers, specific permits are needed to submit a copy of your job offer and the approved LMIA document (if a LMIA is not needed you will instead need to provide the employment number received by the employer when submitting through the employer portal.) 

Step Three: Filling the application. The forms differ depending on where you are applying from; whether that’s inside, outside or as you enter Canada but you may need to get a visitors visa or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) at the same time as your permit.  

Step Four: Pay the fees. Usually in your local currency but if you apply at a Visa Application Centre (VCA) via paper, you will be required to pay additional VAC service fees. 

Step Five: Submit your application. Ensure that you are sending them to the correct location to the correct territory you will be legally admitted to. 

With a work permit you have a visa to live in Canada, which you can choose to extend to full citizenship later on if you wish. 

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