Work visa for Canada

Work visa for Canada

Work visa

If you plan to live and work in Canada temporarily you need a work permit. There are two types of work permits: Open Work Permits and Employer – Specific Work Permits.

Open Work Permit

Open Work Permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada.

This type of visa can be:

  • Unrestricted (it allows foreign citizens to work at any location and in any profession)
  • Restricted (there are limitations regarding profession or location you are allowed to work at)

Visas which include Open Work Permit

  • Temporary Work Permits for spouses and children
  • Post Graduation Work Permit
  • Temporary Resident Permit
  • World Youth Program Permit
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Spousal Permit
  • Regular Open Work Permit
  • Birding Open Work Permit

Employer-Specific Work Permit

Employer - Specific Work Permit allows you to work for certain employers in Canada. In general the employer should get a Labour Market Impact Assessment so the applicant could apply for this type of visa.

Conditions for work visa

There are certain conditions that need to be met in order to get a work permit for Canada and they depend on whether you apply for this visa inside or outside of Canada. The general conditions you need to meet in order to get a work permit in both ways are:

  • You should plan to stay temporarily in Canada
  • You need to have enough financial resources to cover expenses for the first few months of your stay in Canada
  • You need to pass the requirements of a good character
  • You need to meet the other conditions regarding language skills, biometric data, health, insurance and character

Benefits of work visa

This type of visa allows you to work and stay temporarily in Canada. If there is a shortage in your profession in Canada and you have enough work experience and professional skills, work experience you gain during your stay in Canada can help you apply for permanent stay in this country.

Duration of work visa

Work visa is being issued on a period of time which is agreed on with the employer and that is at least six months.

Applying for work visa

You can apply for work visa online via official website of Canada’s Home Affairs or at the nearest Visa Application Centre-u (VAC).

Visa fee and processing time

Visa fee for work visa application is 255CAD and average processing time for this visa is around 3 weeks.

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