How to Apply for a Canadian Work Permit

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The latest Express Entry draw held on October 30, 2019, saw invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada issued to 3,900 applicants through a targeted Federal Skilled Trades Program. This brings the total number of invitations issued in 2019 to 71,000.

Canada plans to invite 1 million skilled and semi-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence in Canada by 2021. With over 54,000 new jobs added in September 2019, the chances of finding new job opportunities in Canada are exceptionally high.

There are various ways to find work in Canada but perhaps the easiest way to get Canadian permanent residency is to apply through the Express Entry system or the Provincial Nominee Program.  

To find out if you’re eligible to apply for permanent residency in Canada through either program visit our blog here.

If you’re eligible to live and work in Canada, you will need to apply for a Canadian work permit. There are 2 types of work permits: open and employer-specific work permits. Keep reading to find out how you can join the thousands of newcomers who can now call Canada their home.

How to Apply for Your Canadian Work Permit in 3 Simple Steps

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Step1: Choose Your Work Permit

The type of work permit you apply for depends on the nature of your employment. There are 2 types of work visas:

  • Open Work Permit - This allows you to work for any employer in Canada; and
  • Employer-specific Work Permit - This allows you to work according to specifications set out in your work permit, including your employer’s name, length of work permit, and location of employment.

For those who have immigrated through the popular Express Entry system, an open work permit would be appropriate as this allows you to live and work anywhere in Canada.     

If you have applied via one of The Provincial Nominee Programs, you would need an Employer-specific Work Permit as you will only be able to work for a specific company in a particular province or territory.

Step 2: Check Your Eligibility

There are a number of requirements that need to be met in order to be considered eligible to live and work in Canada. To apply for a Canadian work permit, you must:

  • Be able to prove that you will leave Canada once your work permit has expired;
  • Have proof of funds to support yourself and your family members for your stay in Canada as well as to return home;
  • Have a clear criminal record;
  • Be in good health.

Step 3: Apply For Your Canada Work Permit

The best way to apply for your Canadian work permit is online. This way you will avoid any courier fees and reduce your application time considerably. You will also avoid any delays, especially if additional supporting documentation is requested. It also ensures that your application is complete.

Processing times vary depending on your country of origin. Processing time range anywhere between 2 to 33 weeks. It is important to note that your processing time can be reduced if you use an accredited RCIC.

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Immigration to Canada can be both complex and confusing. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation, and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf.

Don't risk your chances of living your Canadian dream. If you want to apply for a Canadian work permit, let us make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time. Simply fill out our application form to receive your assessment today and secure your chances of success in applying to live and work in Canada.