A new job may be both terrifying and exciting, depending on how you handle it. Canada is often recognized as the finest option for internationals looking to enter a new profession outside of their home country. The north’s strong economy is a major draw for people who want to increase their earning potential while also seeing the full beauty of Canada’s landscape. If you want to work in Canada, you’ll need to get a legal work permit first.
A work permit in Canada is required to legally work, earn money, pay taxes, and do business within the country. The paperwork you collect in pursuit of a work permit in Canada will amount to an application pack. Be as accurate and detailed as possible when filling it out, as this will affect the outcome of your application. Let’s have a look at the things you need.
In what ways are work permits defined?
If you are a permanent resident of a nation other than Canada, you will need a work permit from a Canadian immigration official in order to legally work in Canada. A job offer and biometric information are only two of the many things you’ll need in order to apply for one. Work authorization is issued for a certain employer, job title, and duration of employment. It’s given to people who have been offered jobs or gone through the LMIA process with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
Should I get a work visa?
A work permit is required if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident but want to work in Canada temporarily. In most cases, you will need one to preserve your legal standing as an employee and there are only a few exceptions.
Exactly what does “Labor Market Impact Assessment” (LMIA) mean?
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) issues an LMIA to businesses before they can bring on temporary workers.
The LMIA application is reviewed by ESDC to determine the impact of bringing in a temporary foreign worker on the Canadian labor market. They will then provide the company with either a favorable or unfavorable LMIA letter. If you’re applying for a work visa, you’ll need a copy of the letter from your company, and they should give you one.
Your work authorization will expire after the period of time for which your LMIA was granted. A new LMIA will likely be required if you need to extend your work permit beyond its current duration.
How do I go about obtaining a work visa in Canada?
Now that you know what a work permit is, let’s go over everything you’ll need to apply for one in Canada. Keep in mind that your application for a work permit will be denied if any required documents are missing.
You will need a hard copy of the job offer letter from your potential employer.
Documentation demonstrating your suitability for the job in question.
Two valid forms of picture identification are needed.
Your (potential) biometric data at this time.
A copy of the LMIA conducted by your potential employer.
An offer of employment to a foreign national who is exempt from an LMIA.
The following applications require your attention.
A work permit application (IMM 1295) is filed from outside of Canada.
Form IMM 5475, Permission to Release Confidential Information to a Specific Individual.
Documentation Checklist (IMM 5488).
I’m looking for some family history (IMM 5645).
Visa Application for Temporary Residence (Form Schedule 1).
Union Statutory Declaration under Common Law (IMM 5409).
Use by Delegates (IMM 546).
The following items are required.
Two passport-sized photographs of yourself and your traveling companions are required, as is a passport valid for return to the country of issuance.
The Canadian equivalent of a resume.
If your work visa is exempt from LMIA requirements, your company should provide you with an Offer of Employment number. If you need an LMIA, your potential employer is obligated to give you a copy of the ESDC’s LMIA in addition to the employment contract.
Provenance of a Connection
Marriage and birth certificates may be required if you plan to immigrate to Canada with your family. If your spouse is joining you in Canada from another country and you are in a common-law partnership, you must both fill out the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409).
Please include documentation of your legal right to work in the country or territory from which you are applying if you are not a citizen of that location.
Officially attested duplicates
Like any serious business transaction, applying for a work permit in Canada requires you to have copies of all supporting documents notarized. This means that an authorized individual, sometimes called an oath commissioner, must compare the original document to the copy and then stamp and date the copy.
You must also submit both the original and an English or French translation of the translated document, both of which must be authenticated. Additionally, if your translator is not a professional, you will need to have them sign an affidavit.
You might have to get checked out by a doctor before you can enter Canada.
The use of biometrics is mandatory when applying for a work visa. You’ll have to visit a biometrics facility to have your fingerprints taken. Your entire family will need theirs taken if you plan on taking them with you. As part of the biometrics process, you’ll also need a photograph to verify your identity.
Applying for a work permit in Canada must be done at a specific Service Canada location.
If you submit biometric fingerprints and a photo, you won’t need to send paper photos with your application for a work visa.