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A work permit is a legal document that allows a foreign national to work while in Canada. Every year, Canada issues approximately 500,000 work permits to temporary foreign workers from all over the world.
Many foreign nationals seeking employment in Canada choose Canada as their destination. Working in Canada is also an excellent first step for those looking to permanently relocate to the country.
The application process varies depending on the type of work permit required. The first step is to figure out which work permit is right for you. If you need assistance navigating the application, please contact us and a member of our team will assist you in scheduling a consultation.
The documents needed for a Canadian work permit will vary depending on the type of permit you are applying for. As part of their work permit application, applicants may be required to submit the following documents:
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IRCC is currently implementing a temporary measure that exempts applicants seeking a work permit from within Canada. Candidates living outside of Canada must still provide biometrics after receiving a biometrics instruction letter.
The visa officer who is reviewing your application may request police clearance certificates. This document may be part of your application checklist and must be submitted with your initial submission, depending on where you apply.
Applicants for work permits may be required to provide a police clearance certificate from any country where they have lived for 6 months or more after the age of 18.
Foreign nationals applying to work in Canada may be required to take a medical exam, depending on their intended length of stay, previous residence, and occupation. With a few exceptions, if you intend to work in Canada for less than six months, you will most likely not need a medical exam. If you intend to work in a job that puts you in close contact with people, or if you are an agricultural worker who has visited certain countries, you will need a medical exam.
If you intend to work in Canada for more than six months, you must take a medical exam if one of the following conditions applies:
Medical exams must be completed with an IRCC-designated panel physician. Find a panel physician near you by visiting the IRCC’s Find a Panel Physician page.
Applicants can choose to take an initial medical exam. This entails contacting the panel physician directly and taking the exam prior to applying for a work permit. If you do not submit your medical exam results with your application, an IRCC officer will contact you with instructions on how to complete the exam and a deadline for completion.
Foreign nationals applying for a work permit in Canada must include a passport-sized photo of their application. The photo must adhere to the IRCC’s specifications.