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Foreign Workers
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Wednesday, 06 January 2010 22:24

To work in Canada, you must meet the general requirements to enter and stay in Canada, in addition to those applicable to work permits. This means that you might need a temporary residence visa.

The work permit is not an immigration document. It does not allow you to live in Canada permanently.

Applications in Canada
You can apply inside Canada under the following conditions.

  • You have a study permit or a valid work permit, or your spouse or your parents have a study permit or work permit.

  • You have a work permit for a particular job, but you want to apply for a work permit for another job.

  • You have a valid temporary residence permit for a period of six months or more.

  • You are in Canada because you have already applied for permanent residence inside Canada.

  • You have a job offer from a Canadian employer.

  • You have a written confirmation from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), indicating that a foreign worker may hold the position.

  • Demonstrate that you don’t represent any risk to Canadian security.

  • Be in good health.

Applications from outside Canada

You can apply from outside Canada under the following conditions

  • You have a job offer from a Canadian employer.

  • You have a written confirmation from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), indicating that a foreign worker may hold the position.

  • You must also do the following.

  • Demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself and your family during your stay in Canada.

  • Respect the law and have no criminal record.

  • Demonstrate that you don’t represent any risk to Canadian security.

  • Be in good health.


In the case of certain temporary foreign workers, Citizenship and Immigration Canada CIC can begin processing the application for work permit before a visa office of Canada has obtained an opinion on the good job market.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:36