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Work Permit FAQs
is a Canadian Work Permit?
year, over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily
to help Canadian employers address skill shortages. Citizenship
and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Social
Development Canada (HRSDC) ensure that these workers will
support economic growth in Canada and create more opportunities
for all Canadian job seekers. In almost all cases, you must
have a valid work permit to work in Canada. A work permit
is a temporary resident visa issued by CIC granting permission
to foreign workers seeking to be employed Canada. More about
Working Temporarily in Canada from CIC
website. You may also check out the official "Temporary
Foreign Worker: Guide for Employers"
a work permit always required?
work as an activity for which wages or commission is earned,
or that competes directly with activities of Canadian citizens
or permanent residents in the Canadian Labour Market. Foreign
workers would need a Work Permit for most work done in Canada.
However, because of certain free trade agreements, some business
people may work in Canada without a work permit. The government
website says "Certain business people may work in
Canada without a work permit provided that they enter Canada
for international business activities without entering the
Canadian labour market."
I change employers while working in Canada on a Work Permit?
permit is generally issued on the basis of an intention to
work in a specific position and for a specific employer. One
may have to apply for a new work permit in order to work for
a different employer.
a work permit lead to permanent resident status?
permit is a temporary resident visa (TRV) only. One will have
to apply seperately to become a Canadian permanent resident
under the Skilled Worker Class Immigration. Details of the
immigration application process can be found online at the
website. You may apply for permanent resident status while
residing in Canada as a temporary resident with a work permit.
is a job offer and invitation letter?
offer is made by an employer that requires the services of
a foreign individual in Canada. As per CIC's
Website, "Proof of employment in Canada" is
a job-offer letter
job offer letter or contract from your prospective employer,
and the file number provided by Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada (HRSDC) to locate the labour market opinion
(confirmation). Your employer should be able to provide
you with this file identifier,
that you meet the requirements of the job, possibly including
specific educational requirements or past work experience
possibly outlined in a resume,
of the Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued
by the Ministère de l’Immigration et des communautés
culturelles (MICC), if you work in Québec or will
be working in Québec. If you do not need a labour
market opinion (confirmation) you will usually not need
working for consulting companies or service organizations,
one may also need a letter of invitation from the client stating
the details of job and location of work.
Long Term Work Permit is expiring. How do I get it extended.
Do I have to return to my home-country for that ?
You may need to file for extention about two months before
expiry of visa. However, you do not have to go back to your
home country to get it extended. You can continue working
while your extension is being processed.
My Short Term Work Permit is expiring. How do I get it
extended. Do I have to return to my home country for that
Short term Work Permit cannot be extended. You must return
to your home country and file for a new Work Permit.