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Work Permit

Canadian Work Visa: Working as a temporary foreign worker

When a Canadian employer wishes to hire a foreign worker, the company must apply for a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) to get approval from the government in order to do so.

The company must prove that they have tried recruiting locally, that it is financially stable to pay the foreigh worker salary for the duration of the employement and that it pays the median salary of the profession. The foreign worker must also have the qualification and experience to respond to the job being offered.

There are some exceptions to this rule, when sometimes one may be exempted from the LMIA procedure.


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We will suggest the best application to you according to the job being offered, city of choice, age, and the international agreements which rule some applications, such as:

  • International Experience Canada
  • International mobility
  • Religious workers permit
  • Programs in compliance with CUSMA, CETA…

Types of Canadian Work Permit

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP),
  • Facilitated LMIA (Quebec),
  • Global Talent Stream.
  • International Mobility Program (IMP),
  • NAFTA Work Permits,
  • CETA Work Permits,
  • Intra-Company Transfers.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP),
  • Spousal Sponsorship from Inside of Canada,
  • International Experience Canada (IEC),
  • Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP),
  • Spouse Accompanying International Student or Worker.
How do I obtain a work permit?

Depending upon the foreign worker’s country of citizenship, a Temporary Resident Visa must be obtained in order to enter Canada legally as an employee. The following are some of the steps required in order to obtain the Visa:

  • When required, the foreign worker’s employer needs to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment on the employee’s behalf;
  • The foreign worker must be given an official Temporary Job Offer;
  • The Foreign worker must applies for the work permit;
  • Once all requirements are completed, the work permit will be issued.
What is Express Entry?

Depending on your particular situation, you may be eligible for different types of work permits. One such permit is called Express Entry.

Express Entry is an online assessment tool which facilitates the Government’s ability to review and assess applications from the pool of candidates quicker so that a greater number of qualified individuals can be granted entry to Canada as Permanent Residents.