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Work Permit

Did you know that in 2020, IRCC issued approximately 128,893 new work permits to foreign nationals?

A work permit, also known as a work visa, is a document that allows qualifying foreign nationals to work in Canada for a specific length of time.

Understanding Work Permits


  • Prove to an official that when your work permit expires, you will leave Canada

  • Demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself and your family while in Canada and to return home 

  • You must obey the law and have no criminal history

  • Not be a security concern in Canada

  • Be in good health and, if necessary, obtain a medical examination 

  • Do not intend to work for an employer who is designated as "ineligible" 

  • Do not intend to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages 

  • Provide the officer with the documentation he or she has requested.


Eligibility requirements if applying from outside Canada


Anyone can apply before they enter Canada. However, there may be visa office requirements that you need to meet depending on what country or territory you’re applying from.

Eligibility requirements if applying from within Canada


You can apply for a work permit from within Canada if:

  • You have a valid study or work permit

  • Your spouse, common-law partner or parents have a valid study or work permit

  • You’re eligible for a post-graduation work permit and your study permit is still valid

  • You have a temporary resident permit that is valid for a minimum 6 months

  • You’re waiting on a decision on an application for permanent residence from inside Canada

  • You made a refugee protection claim

  • You’ve been recognized as a convention refugee or protected person by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

  • You’re allowed to work in Canada without a work permit but you need a work permit to work in a different job (this does not apply to business visitors) or

  • You’re a trader, investor, intra-company transferee or professional under the Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

Eligibility requirements if applying at a port of entry when you enter Canada

To apply at a port of entry (POE), you must meet all of the following:

  • Be eligible for an electronic travel authorization or to travel without a visitor visa

  • Be eligible to enter Canada while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place

  • Meet other requirements depending on the type of work permit you’re applying for. Such as: employer-specific work permit applications

To speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about a Work Permit book your consultation today.

The explanations and information provided herein are only general explanations, information and samples. You should not rely on this article as legal advice or as recommendations regarding what you should actually do. We recommend that you seek legal advice to help you understand and to assist you in the creation of your privacy policy.

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