A temporary work permit is a written authorization to work in Canada from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a person who is not a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian permanent resident. Work permits are required for foreign workers who enter Canada to work on a temporary basis and ease skill shortages in Canada. Work permits are usually valid for a specific job and a specific length of time.
If you are currently residing outside Canada and are wishing to apply for a work permit the basic requirements are:
- Have a job offer from a Canadian employer
- Written confirmation from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDS) that the employer can hire a foreign worker to fill the job
- A completed application, that shows that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
- Show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family while you are in Canada.
- Be in good health (medical examination)
If you are currently residing in Canada you can apply for a work permit if
- You have a valid study permit, or your spouse or parents have a study or work permit
- You have a work permit for one job but want to apply for another job
- You have a temporary resident permit that is valid for six months or more
- You are in Canada because you have already applied for permanent residence from inside Canada. You will have to pass certain stages in the main application process before you can be eligible for a work permit.
You will have to satisfy all of the conditions for an individual applying for a work permit outside of Canada (refer to above) with additional steps that need to be taken.
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