Work Permit

Frequently Asked Questions

what is a Work Permit?

Canada issues Work Permits allowing foreign nationals to legally work for a specific job and time, employer, and duration.

Who Needs a Work Permit?

Foreign workers generally require a work permit. Open work, unrelated to a specific job, might exempt this requirement, e.g., research, music, business.

How to Apply for a Work Permit?

In order to apply for a work permit, foreign nationals must initially secure a job offer from a Canadian employer. Subsequently, having secured a job offer, they can proceed to apply for a work permit online or via a paper application, providing the requisite documents.

How Long Does it Take to Process a Work Permit?

The processing time for a work permit varies depending on the foreign national’s country of origin and the time of year. Typically, it takes about four to six weeks, on average, for a work permit to undergo processing. Nonetheless, in cases of increased complexity, certain applications might take longer.

Can Workers Stay in Canada Permanently with a Work Permit?

While a work permit doesn’t grant permanent residency, those seeking it can explore Canadian immigration pathways like the Express Entry program. This system assesses age, education, language, and work experience. In essence, a work permit allows legal work for foreign nationals in Canada. The process may be intricate, yet with proper guidance, foreign nationals can obtain a permit and pursue career goals in Canada.

Can Workers Change Employers with a Work Permit?

Workers with a work permit are generally tied to a specific job and employer. If they wish to change jobs or employers, they will need to apply for a new work permit. However, some workers may be eligible for an open work permit, which allows them to work for any Canadian employer.