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Canada Work Permit Visa

Canada Work Permit Visa

Canada Work Permit Visa allows foreign nationals to work and live in the country. It does not permit an individual to settle in the nation permanently. The visa is categorized as Open Work Permit and Employer Specific Work Permit.

Open Work Permit

An individual is allowed to work for any employer without having a confirmed offer of employment with an Open Work Permit. It is not job specific. An open work permit does not require Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). A proof that an employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee is not required.

Employer Specific Work Permit

Employer Specific Work Permit admits you to work in accordance with the conditions mentioned on your work permit which include the name of the employer you can work for, duration of time you can work and the destination where you can work.  Before hiring a foreign worker for Employer SpecificCanadian Work Permit an employer is required to obtain Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the federal human resources authorities. They often need to acquire a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from HRSDC (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) to recruit a foreign worker.

It is easier to file an application for Canada Permanent Residency Visa with Work Permit.


Spouse and dependant children can accompany the visa holder.

You can pursue further studies.

You are permitted to work in Canada.

You can visit all parts of the country.

The following Canada Work Visa requirements should be met:

Applicants should meet the necessary health conditions.

  • Applicants should prove that they have adequate financial means to support themselves and their dependants.
  • Applicants must not have any criminal background.
  • Applicants should show that they are not a threat to welfare of Canada.
  • They should show that they plan to leave Canada at the end of the employment period.
  • If needed they should be able to submit any additional documents.

Jobs which do not require a work permit:

  • Athletes and Coaches
  • Aviation accident or incident Investigators
  • Civil Aviation Inspectors
  • Clergy
  • Convention Organizers
  • Crew Members
  • Emergency Service Providers
  • Examiners and Evaluators
  • Expert Witnesses or Investigators
  • Family Members of Foreign Representatives
  • Spouses and Children of Foreign Representatives
  • Foreign Government Officers
  • Foreign Representatives
  • Health Care Students
  • Judges, Referees and similar officials
  • Military Personnel
  • News Reporters, Film and Media Crews
  • Performing Artists
  • Foreign Artists and their Key Support Staff (people essential for the performance).
  • Public Speakers
  • Students Working on Campus