Want to Work in Canada? You Might Need a Work Permit

There are many work opportunities in Canada for a foreigner to temporarily visit the country and work.  Whether you have a job offer, want to establish a new business, or you’ve been transferred to a Canadian office through an intercompany transfer, it is likely that you need a work permit in order to work legally.

When you have work waiting for you in Canada, completing the work permit application properly is essential.  If the paperwork is incorrect in any way, you risk having a rejected case.  Niren & Associates assists thousands of people every year to successfully complete and submit their work permits.  Our experienced immigration attorneys have a proven track record, and we get results for temporary workers.

Contact our Edmonton law office to get help with your work permit process

Incredibly thorough as well as insightful. This law firm walked me through all the various situations which were relevant for my working permit application and explained what was expected along with my rights. I undoubtedly recommend Niren’s services. – Eyvonne T

Obtaining a Work Permit Can Take Some Work

In order to get a Canadian work permit, there are typically two steps:

Step 1: Get a A Labour Market Opinion (LMO) letter from Service Canada (formally HRSDC)

Before applying for a Canada Work Visa, in most cases, you need to obtain a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada (formally HRSDC).

The procedure involved in obtaining an LMO from Service Canada is that the prospective Canadian employer applies for approval of the job offer to the foreign worker. Service Canada will issue the LMO approval or confirmation IF they are satisfied that there are no Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents who are qualified for and willing to fill the position offered by a foreign worker OR that the foreign worker will train Canadians during his or her employment in Canada. Typically, the prospective employer must demonstrate to Service Canada that it has made efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident for the position but had not been successful in finding a suitable Canadian candidate. The Canadian employer will often be required to advertise for the position offered to the foreign worker.

If Service Canada is satisfied that the prospective employer has made best efforts to hire a local worker, they will “Confirm” the offer of employment to the foreign worker and issue and LMO letter.

Step 2. Application for Canadian Work Visa after LMO issued. 

Once the LMO has been issued by Service Canada, the foreign worker will be invited to apply for a Canadian Work Visa or Canadian Work Permit at a Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission outside of Canada. In some cases, the foreign worker will be required to attend at an interview with a visa officer. If the visa officer is satisfied that the foreign worker’s employment will not adversely effect employment in Canada for Canadians, and that the foreign worker qualifies for the position, then a Canada Work Permit will be issued.

Note : In some cases, applicants from certain countries will be required to undergo medical examinations.

Exemptions from Work Visas

The following persons do not require Canada work visas (subject to certain conditions):

  • Foreign Diplomats
  • Military Personnel
  • Clergy
  • Performing Artists (under certain circumstances)
  • Athletes
  • Artists
  • Ship or Truck Personnel
  • Designated Foreign Buyers and Sellers

Note : There are other exemptions that are found in the Canadian Immigration Regulations.

Exemptions from LMO Applications: Fast Track for Canada Work Visas

Not everyone requires an LMO to get a Canada work visa. There are certain occupations which do not require an LMO from Service Canada such as:

Take the Work Out of Applying By Using Our Edmonton Immigration Law Services

Every year, we help thousands of foreign workers with the legal procedures for obtaining a Canadian work permit.  We know how to properly craft your application, and we can advise you on what to say in the event that you are called for an interview.  Instead of going through the process on your own, we are here to alleviate the stress when attempting to make the right impression.

Contact our Edmonton, AB immigration office for assistance with your work permit application and interview