To get a Canadian work visa, you will need to demonstrate that you are competent to perform the duties of the position offered to you. Typically, this can be done by providing a copy of your education credentials for skilled positions. As each country and institution has its own education standards, you are required to have an Education Credential Assessment (ECA) done to demonstrate that you possess Canadian qualifications. Your ECA must be obtained from a designated organization.
Depending on the type of work permit you are applying for, you will need to provide additional information and supporting documents. Not always, but particularly when applying for a TFWP, you may need to provide proof of your intention to return to your country of origin, as well as past work experience and funds when applying for a Canadian work permit.
How to obtain a Canadian work permit
Depending on the type of work permit a person is applying for, the process for obtaining a Canadian work permit varies greatly. Students studying in Canada will often be automatically authorized to work part-time as part of their study permit.
For most closed work permit applications, a foreign national must have a job offer from a Canadian employer, which is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Even those with exemptions from the LMIA or who do not need a work permit should be aware of the unique documentation they need to prepare in order to gain entry to Canada. Canadian work permits can be obtained in two general ways: a closed work permit or an open work permit.
A closed work permit is linked to a specific employer. In other words, foreign nationals with closed work permits must remain employed by the same employer at the same location unless they change work permits.
Eligibility requirements for all applicants
When you apply for a work permit, you need to meet specific requirements depending on where you are.
No matter where you apply or what type of work permit you apply for, you must
- Prove to an officer 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 be a danger to Canada’s security;
- Be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed;
- Not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions;
- Not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages; and
- Give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.
Global Skills Strategy applicants: You can only benefit from two-week application processing if you apply from outside of Canada.