To work in Canada, most foreign nationals need a work permit. There are two types of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits.
Open Work Permit: This allows you to work for any employer in Canada, excluding those who have failed compliance inspections.
Employer-specific Work Permit: With this permit, you can only work for the specific employer mentioned in your work permit.
Here is the complete process to apply for a Canadian Work Visa:
Step 1 – Check if you are eligible: There are a few requirements that you must meet to be eligible for a Canadian work visa. These requirements include:
- Proof that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires,
- Show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home,
- Obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate),
- Not a danger to Canada’s security,
- Be in good health (you may need to have a medical exam),
- Not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions,
- Give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.
Step 2 – Determine how you will apply (online or paper): It’s generally faster and easier to apply online, but you can also submit a paper application if you prefer.
Step 3 – Prepare your application: If you apply online, you’ll be guided through the process to make sure you:
- Answer all the questions,
- Pay your fees, and
- Get your documents ready.
Your application may be delayed or rejected if you don’t provide all the necessary information and documents.
Step 4 – Pay your fees: You’ll have to pay the application fees and any third-party fees. These might include:
- Application processing fees,
- Biometrics fees (if applicable),
- Third-party fees for medical exams, police certificates, or language testing (if applicable).
Step 5 – Submit your application: Once you’ve completed your application and paid your fees, you can submit your application.
Step 6 – Provide additional information or documents: After you’ve applied, a Canadian government official may get in touch with you to ask for additional documents or information. This might include:
- Medical exams,
- Police certificates,
- An interview.
Step 7 – Processing your application: Once you’ve provided all the necessary information and documents, your application will be processed. The processing time varies depending on where you’re applying from and whether you’ve provided all the necessary information and documents.
Step 8 – Decision on your application: Once your application has been processed, you’ll be informed about the decision. If your application is approved, you’ll be issued a letter of introduction confirming this. If you needed an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, it will be linked to your passport. You need to present the passport you used when you applied for the work permit to travel to Canada.