Canada Work Permit

Individuals who wish to work in Canada temporarily normally require a work permit.

Two of the primary sources through which work licenses are given are the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The TFWP offers work licenses for the individuals whose employers acquire a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

A positive LMIA affirms there is a requirement for a foreign worker to fill the current vacancy and no Canadian laborer is accessible to do that work.

IMP work licenses don't need a positive LMIA. They just require the employers to present an employment offer under their employer Portal only.

What are the two types of work permits offered by Canada?

Canada offers two kinds of work grants: employer-specific work permits and open work permits.

Employer-Specific Work Permit

Employer-Specific Work Permit incorporates conditions like-

  • Name of a particular employer
  • How long an individual can work
  • The location of the candidate’s work.

Individuals applying under this category should have from their boss a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a proposal of work prior to applying.

Open Work Permit

An open work permit grants you permission to work for any employer in Canada, yet such permits are given uniquely in explicit conditions.

What are the circumstances under which a work permit is not needed?

Certain occupations are absolved from the work permit prerequisite.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The TFWP is planned to help Canadian employers enroll foreign talents because of Labour market deficiencies.

TFWP is comprised of four streams: highly skilled workers, low-skilled laborers, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and the Live-In Caregiver Program. Under the TFWP, Foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit prior to showing up in Canada.

Through the LMIA, IRCC works with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to ensure that the foreign workers don't take occupations that are only accessible to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

How to extend/ change a Temporary work permit in Canada?

There are only four situations under which workers must extend or change the Canadian temporary work permits:

  • The worker’s job is extended or changed
  • The worker is offered a different job in Canada
  • The worker wants to live and work in Canada permanently
  • The worker wants to leave Canada and then re-enter

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