Can I apply for a work permit when I enter Canada?
To apply, you need to bring:
- your job offer and a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) number, or
- the offer of employment number, if applicable to your type of job.
You also need:
- proof that you meet the qualifications and experience for the job you will do in Canada;
- proof that you do not need an LMIA for the job you will do, if applicable;
- a valid medical certificate if you need it for your job or if you are from a designated country;
- a valid passport or other travel document.
You don’t need to provide any documents from an employer when applying for an open work permit.
If you want to work in Quebec, you may also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion.
If you are exempt from the LMIA process, you are also exempt from the CAQ requirement.
Francophones working outside Quebec
If this is your first work permit under an LMIA exemption for Francophones working outside Quebec, we strongly recommend that you:
- fill out the Application for Work Permit Made Outside Canada (PDF, 652 KB), and
- apply online or to a Visa Application Center (VAC).
If you’re eligible to apply at a port of entry, you should include your language test results in you work permit application.
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