Applying from outside Canada
For overseas national, who intend to obtain Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa, must have a valid employment offer letter from Canadian employer. The Canada work permit applicant must get a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada. If their occupation is exempted from LMO process, they do not need to provide any letter. The Labour Market Opinion should confirm that the employer is authorized to employ a foreign professional.
Other eligibility for Canada Work Permit/Canada Work Visa:
Applying from inside Canada
Visa applicant for Canada Work Permit/Canada Work Visa who are applying within Canada need to meet the following criteria:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
The HRSDC assesses and evaluates the impact of employing an overseas professional for a specific position and ensures that the job offer is genuine and it will not affect adversely the Canadian job market.
Overseas workers intending to get a Canada Work Permit first need to apply for a Canada work visa from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, on obtaining a confirmation from the HRSDC. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the candidate holds necessary permits and documents and he/she complies with the conditions and limitations.
A few temporary jobs do not need a Canada Work Permit/Canada Work Visa. A temporary resident visa will allow you to move to Canada for these jobs.
The following categories are exempted from Canada Work Permit/Canada Work Visa:
Foreigners who would engage in international business do not require a Canada Work Permit/Canada Work Visa. They are not allowed to directly enter the Canadian labour market. Their main place of business and source of payment should be outside Canada.
Foreign diplomats and representatives
Diplomats and official representatives of foreign countries or the United Nations can engage in work in Canada without a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa.
Staff and Family members of Foreign Representatives are also entitled to work without a Canadian Work Visa or Canada Work Permit on submission of a "no objection letter" from the Department of Foreign affairs and International Trade.
People working with the military do not require a Canadian Work Permit or Canada Work Visa, provided they have movement orders stating that they are moving into Canada under the regulations of the Visiting Forces Act.
Foreign government officers
If the foreign government officer submits an official letter of agreement from their country stating that their period of work is no longer than three months, they will be allowed to work without a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa. Government officials can work in government departments under the foreign exchange agreement scheme.
Students working on Campus
Canadian government under certain circumstances allows overseas student to work in Canada without a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa inside the campus of the institution where they are studying.
Artists who enter Canada can work without a Canadian work visa or Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa if only it is for limited period of time. The work strictly should not be in bars or restaurants or for any TV, motion picture or radio broadcast.
Foreign teams, athletes and coaches
They can compete and take part in competition in Canada without a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa
Foreign news reporter
Abroad reporters working for newspapers, television channels, news agencies or companies involved in reporting news events can work in Canada without a Canadian Work Permit or Canada Work Visa.
Public speakers can stay in Canada for not more than 5 days.
International meeting or convention organizer and administrative staff do not need a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa, only if the meeting or event is in Canada.
Religious workers or clergy can enter Canada to perform religious duties or can assist a religious group without a Canada Work Visa or Canada Work Permit.
Health care students can work in Canada for 4 months without a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa. The work should be for training purposes only.
Foreign members of crews
If you are working on foreign vehicles, you do not require a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa. The vehicle should be in Canada for international transportation of cargo or passengers.
Besides this list foreign nationals who are emergency service providers, investigators, examiners, expert witnesses and evaluators, judges and referees are permitted to work in Canada without holding a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa.
Temporary visas are not required for following to reside in Canada
Applications for visa date extension of the Canada Work Permit/ Canada Work Visa is accepted only for the below circumstances.
Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa are temporary visas and are not based on points system. The applicant is not required to satisfy any kind of eligibility criteria to obtain this visa and work in Canada.
Overseas professionals are eligible for the following benefits offered by employment insurance as Canadian permanent residents
Dependents of Canadian work visa holders are allowed to come along with the applicant, if they have applied along with the main applicant. If not, they need to file their application separately.
Spouse, common law partner, and children are known as dependents. They can enter Canada to stay here along with the main applicant. But if they are willing to work, they need to have a valid Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa
Applicants from a country whose nationals need a Temporary Resident Visa, usually known as a visitor visa, would also be required to apply for a visa application.
Few occupations do not require a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa. These professions have their own eligibility requirements and get approval for Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa in a shorter time.
Sectors included are:
Recruiting overseas information technology specialists helps the employer to bring skills and knowledge to their company as well as Canada. Canada has simplified the entry process for IT workers as their skills are in high demand. CIC fast-tracks the visa process of these workers. Information Technology Worker Visa does not require a HRSDC approval or a Canada Work Permit or Canada Work Visa. This allows the workers to come to Canada in a very short time.
Software Human Resource Council also has developed an organized and well facilitated process for hiring foreign IT specialists in high demand professions.
Applicants can apply for an employment authorisation (EA) or work visa directly from CIC at a CIC Mission abroad or at a Port of Entry. Temporary employment authorization letter is issued by a Canadian immigration officer. This letter enables the holder to work and reside in Canada for a specified employer and for a specified period of time.
Applicants of the following occupations do not require a HRSDC approval, provided they are citizens of US and Mexico
Features of IT Workers Visa:
Overseas professionals who intend to work in Quebec must obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) in order to apply under fast-tracked processing.
Live-in caregivers are personnel who are qualified to offer care for children, elderly person or to persons with disabilities in private homes without any supervision. These individuals are required to stay in the private homes where they work in Canada.
This visa allows live-in caregivers to work and live in Canada for at least 2 years and if eligible can apply for Canadian PR.
Eligibility Criteria - Employer
An employer can recruit a foreign worker as live in- care giver only if he/she agrees to following conditions:
Eligibility Criteria – Employee
Extending the stay
Live-in care giver is permitted to stay for a period of 3 years and 3 months. The applicant should get his/her Canada Work Permit renewed before it expires. Applicant will be eligible to apply for Canada permanent residency or PR in Canada, once the applicant completed 2 years of his service in Canada.
Applicant is allowed to change the employer on personal grounds. The new employer who is recruiting the care giver should get positive conformation from HRSDC before they recruit.
With 2 years of Canadian work experience, live in caregivers can apply for an open Canada Work Permit/Canada Work Visa that will allow them to work with any employer.
Features of Live-in Caregiver visa
To meet the staffing and teaching needs of Canada and to attract new knowledge and expertise to Canadian campuses, CIC has exempted overseas academics from the requirement of HRSDC confirmation or any need of Canada Work Permit and Canada Work Visa. This will benefit the degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in Canada.
Academics exempted are:
Academics that require a Canadian Work Permit/Canada Work Visa but not the approval of HRSDC are:
Criteria for Academics
Canadian educational institutions need to follow the below mentioned criteria before recruiting any foreign academics
Visa fee: $150/person
Disclaimer: Visa fees are subjected to change without prior notice
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