How to Get a Temporary Work Permit for Canada


There is no question that people who are looking for better opportunities in their lives choose to immigrate to Canada in significant numbers.

If you are considering working in Canada or if a company in that country has already extended an offer of employment to you, then you will need to obtain a work visa in order to legally do so.



Below are the most important information and application you need before relocating to Canada.


What is a Canadian Work Permit?

A Canadian work permit is a document that gives a foreign worker the right to work in Canada or take a job in Canada. It’s pretty much that easy. A Canadian work permit gives you the permission you need as an immigrant to work freely in Canada.

If you want to work in Canada as a foreigner but don’t know how to look for a job, you should read our guide on how to get a good job in Canada as a foreigner from overseas.


Types of Canadian Work Permits

There are different kinds of work permits in Canada that you can think about. The requirements for each of these work permits are different.

·        LMIA Work Permits


·        Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

·        Facilitated LMIA (Quebec)

·        Global Talent Stream


LMIA-Exempt but requiring a job offer or employment contract

·        International Mobility Program (IMP)

·        Intra-Company Transfers

·        LMIA-Exempt Work Permits

·        NAFTA Work Permits

·        CETA Work Permits


Open Work Permits (no job offer or LMIA required)

·        Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP)

·        International Experience Canada (IEC)

·        Spouse Accompanying International Student

·        Spousal Sponsorship from Inside of Canada

·        Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)


How to get a Canadian Work Permit?

To get a work permit in Canada, you must qualify for a certain type of Canadian work permit. But there are a lot of different types of work permits, and each one was made for a different reason. This means that the requirements for each type of work permit are very different.

The type of work permit you may be able to get depends on things like;

What kind of work you want to do in Canada.

How you got into the country

· Your age

Your abilities and qualifications


General Eligibility Requirements

Even though there are different kinds of work permits with different ways to apply and different requirements, all applicants for work permits need to make sure they meet the following requirements:

·        Prove that you will return to your country after your work permit expires

·        Must not have any criminal record and not be a threat to the security of Canada

·        Must be in good health

·        Demonstrate financial competency that shows that you can take care of yourself and your family during your stay in Canada

·        Must not be intending to work for a Canadian employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions

·        Must not also be intending to work for a Canadian employer who regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services, or erotic messages