The Canada Work Permit allows foreign nationals to live and work in Canada for a temporary period of time. Which usually ranges between few months (short-term work permits) to 3 years (long-term work permits). The work permits are extendable depending upon the applicant’s current circumstances and requirements.
An open work permit is mostly issued to the spouse or common-law partner who can accompany a foreign student or worker to Canada.
There are two types of Canada work permits issued by the Federal government:
- Open work permit: allows the applicant to work for any employer (restricted to few industries).
- Employer-specific work permit: Allows the applicant to work for a specific employer.
What is an Open work permit?
An open work permit is not job-specific. That is why the applicant does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) nor the proof of employment through the Employer Portal.
Requirements for an Open work permit:
- A permanent residence applicant who has applied to an office in Canada.
- A dependent family member of some permanent residence applicant.
- Spouse and common-law partner of some workers and international students.
- Refugees, refugee claimants, protected persons or their family members.
- Some temporary resident permit holders.
- Some young workers participating in special programs.
What is an Employer-specific work permit?
The employer submits to IRCC the offer of employment and the number of work permits before the foreign national makes an application for a Canada work permit.
Requirements for an Employee-specific work permit:
- The applicant needs to provide specific documents, such as proof of education or work experience.
- Prove to an officer that he/she will leave Canada when the work permit expires.
- Must pay the application fees.
- Provide the name of the employer, the duration of the stay and the location of the work.
- Show the proof of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or the employment number (the employer received while they submitted the offer of employment to IRCC).
- Provide the employee contract.
- Provide the clearance certificate on criminal activity.
- Show enough funds to take care of himself and his family during the stay in Canada and to return back home.
- Provide Medical clearance certificate
- Provide Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, depending on the nationality. The eTA or visa will be issued at the same time as the applicant’s work permit.
If a foreign individual engages in an activity that would normally be a paid position for a Canadian citizen, then a work permit is required.
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