Guide 5487 - Applying for a Work Permit outside Canada

Note: As of November 21, 2015, we no longer accept the IMM 5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment form. If your employer has given you a completed copy of this form, you must ask your employer to resubmit the offer of employment online through the Employer Portal.

Table of Contents


This is not a legal document. For legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations or the Citizenship Act and Regulations, as applicable.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.


Overview

Application package

This application package consists of:

  • an instruction guide, and
  • the required forms.

The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

  • the information you must know about this application before sending it to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and
  • assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents.

Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.


Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step

What you must do to have your application processed.

Important information

Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.

Get more information

Where to get more information.

Note:

Tips that will assist you with this application.



Before you apply

Who can use this application guide?

This application guide is designed for persons who wish to apply for a work permit from outside Canada.

Note: The processing time of an application may vary from one visa office to another. Find out more about local application processing times.


What is work?

Work is an activity for which wages or commission is earned, or even if unpaid, that competes directly with activities of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the Canadian labour market.


What is a work permit?

A work permit is a written authorization issued by an officer that allows a person who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident to work in Canada. It is required if the employment is in Canada, whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for a specific employer, job and length of time, and is issued based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), or an Offer of employment from and LMIA-exempt employer.


Regulatory changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker and International Mobility Programs

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) contain requirements that enable CIC to better protect your rights when you come to work in Canada by ensuring that employers respect the terms of their offers of employment.

In a work permit application, the employers will be evaluated on:

  • whether the offer of employment is genuine,
  • past history of employers compliance to the commitments outlined in offers of employment to foreign workers hired in the past six years in respect to wages, working conditions and the occupation,
  • compliance with Federal-Provincial or Territorial Laws, and
  • if the employer has been banned from hiring a foreign national as per the IRPR.

In cases where the employer is found to have not complied with previous commitments to foreign workers, the employer may be banned from hiring any foreign workers for a specific length of time noted on the Public List of employers who were found non-compliant.

You must not work for an ineligible employer. Check our webpage to view the current List of Ineligible Employers.


Cumulative duration

A foreign worker can work in Canada for a maximum period of four years. Therefore, you need to keep track of the time you work in Canada after April 1, 2011. However, there are some exceptions to this rule if:

  • the work you intend to do in Canada creates or maintains significant social, cultural or economic benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents,
  • the work you intend to do in Canada relates to an international agreement between Canada and one or more countries (including seasonal agricultural workers),
  • your work is done while you are authorized to study,
  • 48 months have passed since you accumulated 4 years of work in Canada or since you last worked in Canada.

If you do not work for a period of time during the validity of your work permit (for example you have a work permit valid for four years and you fall sick or you leave Canada temporarily), you may need to submit proof of time not worked when you apply for another work permit later on and you are close to the four-year maximum. Examples of proof documents include but are not limited to:

  • passport entry and exit stamps,
  • Record of Employment from Service Canada,
  • receipt of severance pay,
  • letter from a foreign educational institution where you attended school,
  • travel receipts (tickets, boarding passes),
  • proof of receipt of maternity/parental benefits,
  • letter from physician confirming you were on medical leave,
  • any other document that demonstrates that you were not working in Canada while on a work permit.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

A LMIA is the assessment provided by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to the CIC or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer which enables the officer to determine whether the employment of the foreign worker is likely to have a positive or neutral impact on the labour market in Canada. A LMIA may be required in order for a work permit to be issued.

The LMIA process begins by the prospective employer contacting ESDC to get an LMIA application form. Once the form is completed and submitted, ESDC considers several factors, including the availability of Canadians and the offered wages as well as the economic benefit the foreign worker would bring to Canada. ESDC then provides the assessment to the officer.

The LMIA is typically given for a specific period of time, and the work permit issued will coincide with that period. Renewal of a work permit beyond the specified period will likely require a new LMIA. Find out more about the LMIA.

Note: LMIA-exempt work permits have different requirements that must be met, and these are reviewed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) or the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Find out if you need an LMIA.

Offers of Employment from a specific employer for LMIA-exempt foreign workers

If an employer is offering you a specific job, then you need an Offer of Employment number. In order to obtain this number, the employer must use the Employer Portal to:

  • submit the offer of employment information and
  • pay the $230 employer compliance fee or upload proof of their fee exemption.

Make sure the employer gives you the Offer of Employment number before you submit your work permit application. The Offer of Employment number starts with the letter "A" and is followed by 6 numbers.


Who requires a work permit?

A person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident who wishes to work in Canada requires a work permit. Depending on the nature of the activity, a person may be exempted from requiring a work permit by virtue of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. But in most cases, he or she will need to obtain a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work legally in Canada.

Find further details on persons exempted from a work permit.

You may also find further information in the Help Centre.

Employers of visa-exempt foreign nationals may confirm the requirement for a work permit by contacting the International Mobility Workers Unit.


When should I apply?

You should apply as soon as you receive written evidence of your job offer or contract of employment and your LMIA from ESDC. In cases where a LMIA is not required, you may apply once you receive your offer of employment number from the employer.


What requirements must I meet to obtain a work permit?

You must show the officer that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and that you will be in Canada for a temporary stay. You must also:

  • satisfy an officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your employment,
  • be law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate),
  • not be a danger to the security of Canada,
  • be in good health and complete a medical examination, if required,
  • not intend to engage in employment with an employer on the List of Ineligible Employers,
  • not intend to engage in employment with an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages,
  • not have worked in Canada for one or more periods totaling four years after April 1, 2011 (with certain exceptions),
  • provide any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility.

Are there any conditions on my work permit?

An officer may impose, change or cancel conditions when issuing a work permit. These may include one or more of the following:

  • the type of employment in which you may work
  • the employer for whom you may work
  • the location where you may work
  • how long you may continue to work
  • the times or periods of work

Do I need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?

If you want to work in Canada, you may require a TRV or an eTA.

A TRV is an official document issued by an officer that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the general requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. An eTA is a paperless document that is electronically linked to your passport; it too, demonstrates that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.

If you need a TRV or an eTA, you do not have to complete a separate application or pay additional fees. It will be issued by the officer at the same time as the documents you need for your entry to Canada as a worker.

Find out if you need a TRV or an eTA.


Important information:

Family members

Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.

Spouse

Refers to either of the two persons (opposite or same sex) in a marriage legally recognized in the country in which it took place, as well as in Canada.

Important information

Proxy, telephone, fax, internet and similar forms of marriage where one or both parties were not physically present are no longer considered as valid spousal relationships under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. For more information, consult Operational Bulletin 613.

Common-law partner
Refers to a person who is living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same sex), and has done so continuously for a period of at least one year. A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between two people.

This can be shown with evidence that the couple share the same home, support each other financially and emotionally, have children together, or present themselves in public as a couple.

Common-law partners who have been in a conjugal relationship for at least one year but are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war or armed conflict) may still qualify and should be included on the application.

Dependent children
Refers to the children of the applicant and those of the spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.

They must be:

  • under the age of 19 and not have a spouse or common-law partner, or
  • 19 years of age or older and unable to be financially self-sufficient since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition.
Dependent child of a dependent child
Refers to children of dependent children of the applicant and those of the spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.

Do I have to apply separately for my family members?

Family members must complete their own application forms. However, you may submit your applications together online or at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) and use one payment receipt for the total amount.

Your spouse or common-law partner and children must meet all of the requirements for temporary residence in Canada.


May my spouse or common-law partner and children work in Canada?

In order to work in Canada, your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children must apply for their own work permit and must meet the same standards, including the LMIA requirement that regularly applies to the issuance of work permits.

They may, however apply for their work permit from within Canada. This guide does not provide general information about obtaining a work permit for your spouse or common-law partner or your dependent children. Find more details in the Help Centre.


May my children attend school?

Your children may attend school in Canada. You must apply for their study permit at the same time as your own. If they intend to join you at a later date, they must also apply for a study permit before coming to Canada.


Are there medical requirements?

If you plan to visit or study for six months or less:

You generally do not require a medical exam.

If you plan to visit or study for more than six months:

You will need a medical exam if you:

  • have lived temporarily for six or more consecutive months
    • in one or more of these countries or territories
    • in the one year immediately before the date you want to enter Canada. (This applies even if you are a citizen of a country that does not need a visa to enter Canada.)

You and your family members may be required to undergo a medical examination in order to come to Canada. Find out more by checking the Medical examination requirements for temporary residents.

You may either:

  • undergo an upfront medical examination by contacting a Panel Physician; or
  • wait until your application is reviewed and medical instructions are provided to you by the visa office.

Get the instructions to complete the medical examination.

When medical results are submitted up-front, routine cases benefit from faster processing since CIC does not have to request them at a later date. This is done at your own cost and does not influence the final decision on your application. If you choose to have an upfront medical exam, you must submit proof that you completed the medical examination with your application. Failure to do so may result in processing delays.


The officer’s decision is based on the type of job you will have and where you lived in the past year.

If you wish to work in health services, child care, primary or secondary education, you will need a medical examination and a satisfactory medical assessment before a work permit can be issued to you.

If you want to work in agricultural occupations, a medical examination will be required if you have lived in certain countries.

Note: A medical examination may add over three months to the processing of your application.

Are there biometric requirements?

You and your family members may be required to appear in person to have your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point.

All family members who require their fingerprints and photograph taken and who are applying together should go to the same biometric collection service point.

Find out if you are required to provide biometrics.


Important information

You must not have your biometric fingerprints and photo taken before you submit your application. You can have your biometrics collected:

  • after you submit your application, pay your application and biometric fees and have received a biometric instruction letter which will direct you to a list of points of service you may choose from;

    or

  • at the same time as you are submitting your application in person at a Visa Application Centre (VAC).

Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

Use the Document Checklist (IMM 5488) provided with this package to assist you in gathering the required documents to submit your application.

Some visa offices may require additional supporting documents specific to your country. For further information on these requirements, visit our website under List of countries and corresponding Canadian visa offices.

Important information: If you do not provide all the requested information or documents, the processing of your application could be delayed.

  1. Proof of identity
    • A valid passport or travel document that guarantees you re-entry to the country that issued it and
    • Two (2) photos of yourself and accompanying family members according to the Visa application photograph specifications.

      Note: if you are required to provide biometric information (biometric fingerprints and a biometric photo), you are not required to include paper photos. Find out if you need to give biometrics.

  2. Proof of employment in Canada
    • The Offer of Employment number (begins with the letter “A” and is followed by 6 numbers). Your employer should provide it to you.
    • A copy of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) provided by ESDC, if applicable, AND a copy of your job offer letter from your prospective employer.
    • Evidence that you meet the requirements of the job. Proof may include a valid Canadian provincial or territorial trade certificate, educational requirements or past work experience outlined in a resume.
    • Evidence of a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), if you intend to work in Quebec or will be working in Québec. If you do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) you will usually not need a CAQ.

      Note: It is your responsibility to keep track of any breaks in work while in Canada on a work permit. You will be required to provide documentary evidence to prove periods where you have not worked in order for that time not to count towards the four-year limit.

  3. Proof of relationship
    • You may be required to provide a marriage certificate and birth certificates for any accompanying family members.
    • If you are in a common-law relationship and your common-law partner will accompany you to Canada, you must complete the enclosed form Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409). Also provide evidence outlined on the form to support your relationship.
  4. Other documents
    • If you are not a citizen of the country in which you are applying, you must provide proof of your present immigration status in the country of application.
    • If the government that issued your passport or travel document requires a re-entry permit this must be obtained before you apply for a work permit.
    • Additional documents may be required.

Do you intend to work in Quebec?

In general, in order to work in Quebec, you must obtain a Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) before requesting a work permit from any Canadian visa office.

The employer must first contact Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) but also the MIDI to get permission to hire you. Once the approval is received, you may apply for the CAQ in the province Quebec.

Please refer to the MIDI website for appropriate contact information and for the latest updates on the process and documents required for Quebec.


Translation of documents

Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

Translations may be done by a person who is fluent in both languages (English or French and the unofficial language). If the translation is not provided by a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial organization of translators and interpreters in Canada, the translation must be accompanied by an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside of Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.

Important information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by members of the applicant’s family. Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.

Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.


Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
  • the name of the original document,
  • the date of the certification,
  • his or her name,
  • his or her official position or title, and
  • his or her signature.

Who can certify copies?

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Consult your local authorities.

Family members may not certify copies of your documents. Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.


Step 2. Complete the application

Filling out the application

The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted:

Note: You may be required to complete additional supporting documents upon request of a visa officer.

Important information: It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application is subject to verification.



Important information

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”, except for your name (last name and given names). Refer to questions 1 and 2 under “Personal Details” section for further instructions. The application must be signed and dated.

If your application is incomplete it may be rejected or returned to you and this will delay the processing of your application.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.


Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada (IMM 1295)


Who must fill out this application form?

Each person requiring a work permit must complete this form.



Note

Completing the form

You must answer all the questions on this application form unless indicated otherwise.

Download and fill out the application form on a computer.

You also have the option of saving your form and completing it later.

Note: Completing the form electronically is easier and reduces the risk of errors that can slow down the application process.

In order to help you fill out the application form, read and follow the questions below.

Question 1

Type your universal client identification number (UCI), if known. Otherwise, leave it blank. If this is your first time dealing with CIC you will not have an UCI.

Question 2

From the list, select the language (English or French) in which you would like to receive service.

Personal Details

Question 1
Full name

Type your family name (surname) as it appears on your passport or travel document (even if the name is misspelled). Do not use initials.

Note: If you do not have a family name on your passport or travel document, enter all your given names here and leave the given name field blank.

Type all of your given names (first, second, or more) as they appear on your passport or travel document (even if the name is misspelled). Do not use initials.

Note: If you do not have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave this field blank. Do not enter “*”, “Not applicable” or “NA”.

Question 2
Nick names/Alias

Check the box to indicate if you ever used any other name. This could include your birth name, maiden name, married name, nick name, etc.

If you checked “Yes”, type any other family name that you have ever used.

If you checked “Yes”, type any other given name (first, second, or more) that you have ever used.

Question 3

From the list, select your sex (male, female or unknown).

Question 4

Indicate your date of birth. If your complete date of birth is unknown, please use ‘*’ (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the year, month or day, where applicable.

Question 5

Type your city or town of birth.

From the list, select your country of birth.

Question 6

From the list, select your country of citizenship. To be a citizen of a country means that you were either born in that country (in most cases) or have been granted citizenship by that country. If you have dual citizenship, select the country that issued the passport you will be using for this trip.

Question 7

From the list, select the appropriate information to indicate:

  • The name of your country of residence. Your country of residence is the country in which you are living, provided that you have been lawfully admitted to that country.
  • Your immigration status in that country (indicate one of the following):
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected “Other” as a status,
  • The dates (From – To) you have been living in your country of residence.
Question 8

Check the box to indicate whether you have lived in any country other than your country of citizenship or your current country of residence for more than six (6) months in the past five (5) years.

If you checked “Yes”, from the list select the appropriate information to indicate the following:

  • The name of the country you lived in,
  • Your immigration status for the time you were in that country:
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected “Other” as a status,
  • The dates (From – To) you were living in that country.
Question 9

Check the box to indicate if you are applying from your current country of residence.

If you checked “No”, select the appropriate information from the list to indicate:

  • The name of the country where you are applying from,
  • Your immigration status in that country by choosing one of the following:
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected “Other” as a status,
  • The dates (From – To) that you have been living in that country.

If you are not a citizen of the country where you are making your application, you must provide proof of your legal status in your current country of residence when you submit your application.

Question 10
  1. From the list, choose your current marital status:
    Annulled Marriage
    This is a marriage that is legally declared invalid. An annulment can also be a declaration by the Catholic Church that the marital union did not have a binding force.
    Common-
    Law
    This means that you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for a minimum of one year.
    Divorced
    This means that you are officially separated and have legally ended your marriage.
    Legally Separated
    This means that you are married, but no longer living with your spouse.
    Married
    This means that you and your spouse have had a ceremony that legally binds you to each other. Your marriage must be legally recognized in the country where it was performed and in Canada.
    Single
    This means that you have never been married and are not in a common-law relationship.
    Widowed
    This means that your spouse has died and that you have not re-married or entered into a common-law relationship.
  2. Enter the date (year, month and day) you were married or you entered into your current common-law relationship.
  3. Type the family name(s) and given name(s) of your current spouse or common-law partner.

If you are in a common-law union, you must also complete the Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409) form and include it with your application. If you are married, you must provide a photocopy of your Marriage license or certificate with your application.

Question 11

Check the box to indicate whether you have previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked “Yes”, provide the:

  • All family names,
  • All given names,
  • Date of birth,
  • Type of relationship:
    • Common-law, or
    • Married.
  • Dates (From – To) for which you were in the relationship with your previous spouse/common-law partner.

Languages

Question 1
  1. From the list, select your native language (mother tongue).
  2. If your native language is not English or French, select from the list the one you would most likely use.
    • Both
    • English
    • French
    • Neither
  3. From the list, select English, French or both as your language of communication:
    • English
    • French
    • Both
    • Neither
  4. Check Yes or No to indicate if you have taken a test from a designated testing agency to assess your proficiency in English or French.

Passport

Question 1

Type your valid passport or travel document number exactly as indicated on the document. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 2

From the list, select the name of the country that issued your passport or travel document.

Question 3

Enter the date your passport or travel document was issued.

Question 4

Enter the date your passport or travel document will expire.

Contact Information

Question 1

Indicate your current mailing address (where information should be mailed) by typing the following information:

  • Post Office Box (P.O. Box) number, if applicable. If you do not indicate post office box number, the Street number must be provided.
  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street number (No.), if applicable. This must be provided if you did not type in a P.O. Box number
  • Street name, if applicable. Do not abbreviate words (Street, Avenue, Boulevard, Drive, etc.) except for directions (NW, SE, W, etc.)
  • City or Town
  • From the list, select the Country of your current mailing address.
  • Province or State
  • Postal code or zip code
  • District, if applicable.

All correspondence will go to this address unless you provide your e-mail address.

If you wish to have a representative who can conduct business on your behalf, you must provide their email and mailing addresses in this section and complete the Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form.

Question 2

Check the box to indicate whether your residential address (where you live) is the same as your mailing address. If “No”, type the following information:

  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street Number (No.)
  • Street Name. Do not abbreviate words (Street, Avenue, Boulevard, Drive etc.) except for directions (NW, SE, W, etc.)
  • City or Town
  • Country
  • Province or State
  • Postal Code or zip code
  • District, if applicable.
Question 3

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the telephone number is from Canada, the United States (US) or Other (any other country).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Type your telephone number including the country code, area or regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.

Question 4

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your additional telephone number is from Canada, the United States or Other (any other country).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell or mobile)
  • Business (work)

Type your telephone number including the country code, area or regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.

Question 5

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the facsimile (fax) number is from Canada, the United States or Other (any other country).

If applicable, type your facsimile (fax) number, including country code, area/regional codes, etc.

Question 6

If applicable, type your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net

Note: Ensure this email address is checked regularly. Any emails sent to you by CIC will end in “@cic.gc.ca” or “@canada.ca” or “@international.gc.ca”. Please add these to your “safe senders” list in your email program and check the junk mail folder in case important emails get filtered. If CIC  is advised that the email address you provided is not functional or no longer exists, we will communicate with you by mail. By indicating your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing transmission of correspondence including file and personal information to be sent electronically to you at the address provided.

Note: If you require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and your work permit application is approved, you will need to provide your original passport for the visa counterfoil to be issued.

Details of Intended Work in Canada

Question 1

From the list, select the type of work permit you are applying for:

  • Exemption from Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Live-in Caregiver Program
  • Open Work Permit
  • Other
  • Seasonal Agricultural Work Program

If you select “Open Work Permit”, no information about your employer is required at this time.

Note: Only select "Live-in Caregiver" if you are a live-in caregiver and your application is supported by a positive LMIA, where the LMIA application was received at the ESDC or Service Canada office on or before November 30, 2014. If your employer applied for a LMIA after November 30, 2014, select "Other".

Question 2

Write the name of employer as listed on the Labour Market Impact Assessment or write the name of the employer who provided the Offer of employment number. Attach original job offer and LMIA.

Write the complete address of your employer:

  • Province
  • City or Town
  • Address
Question 3

Indicate the address of the location where you will work in Canada:

  • Province
  • City or Town
  • Address
Question 4

Provide the following information about your intended work in Canada:

  • Job Title
  • Brief description of duties
Question 5

Type the expected start and end dates of your work in Canada (From–To).

Note: use format YYYY-MM-DD

Question 6

Write the 7-digit number of your valid Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or the alpha and number combination of the Offer of Employment (LMIA Exempt) number.

Live-In Caregiver Program

Question 1

If you are applying for a work permit under the Live-in Caregiver Program, check all the boxes that apply to the type of care you will provide:

  • Child care
  • Disabled
  • Elderly
  • Other
Question 2

Write the number of persons requiring care.

Note: Complete this section only if you are a live-in caregiver and your application is supported by a positive LMIA, where the LMIA application was received at the ESDC/Service Canada office on or before November 30, 2014. If your employer applied for a LMIA after November 30, 2014, do not complete this section.

Education

Check the box to indicate if you have any post-secondary education (including university, college or apprenticeship training).

The following table provides examples of post-secondary education:

Trade or Apprenticeship

Training completed in a specific trade, such as carpentry or auto mechanics.

Non-university certificate or diploma

Training in a profession that requires formal education but not at the university level (for example, dental technician or engineering technician).

Bachelor’s degree

Academic degree awarded by a college or university to those who completed an undergraduate curriculum; also called a baccalaureate. Examples include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Education.

Master’s degree

Academic degree awarded by a graduate school of a college or university. You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before a Master’s degree can be earned.

PhD

Highest university degree usually based on at least three years of graduate studies and a thesis. Normally, you must have completed a Master’s degree before a PhD can be earned.

If you checked ‘‘Yes’’, provide full details of your highest level of post-secondary education:

  • Enter the dates (year and month) you attended the institution
  • Field(s) of study (mechanics, social sciences, medicine, etc.)
  • School or Facility name
  • City or Town
  • Country (select from the list) and
  • Province or State.

Employment (Work or Occupation)

Provide the following information about your employment for the past 10 years. If you are retired, provide information about the 10 years before your retirement.

Question 1

Current activity or occupation

Provide details about your current activity or occupation:

  • dates (year and month) you have been working at your current occupation,
  • activity or occupation, or a brief description of your position. If you do not work, describe what you are currently doing (retired, not working, going to school, etc.),
  • name of the company, employer or facility where you work,
  • City or Town,
  • Country,
  • Province or State, if applicable
Question 2

Previous activity or occupation

Provide details of your previous activity or occupation for the past 10 years. If you are retired, provide the details about 10 years prior to your retirement.

If you need more space, print out an additional page of the form, complete this section and submit it with your application.

Background Information

All questions in this section must be answered or the application will be considered incomplete and will be returned.

Question 1

Check the box to indicate if:

  1. you or any of your family members have ever had tuberculosis of the lungs or been in close contact with a person with tuberculosis within the past two years.
  2. you have any physical or mental disorder that would require social and/or health services other than medication during your stay in Canada.
  3. If you checked “Yes” to any of the above questions, provide details and the name of the family member, if applicable.

Note: Refer to the Family Members definition in this guide.

Question 2

Check the box to indicate if you have ever:

  1. remained beyond the validity of your status, attended school without authorization or worked without authorization in Canada.
  2. been refused any kind of visa, admission or been ordered to leave Canada or any other country.
  3. If you checked “Yes” to one of the above questions, provide details.
Question 3

Check the box to indicate if you have ever:

  • committed,
  • been arrested for, or
  • been charged with or convicted of any criminal offence in any country.
Question 4
  1. Check the box to indicate if you have ever served in any military, militia, civil defence unit, served in a security organization or police force (including non obligatory national service, reserve or voluntary units).
  2. If you checked “Yes”, provide your dates of service and the countries where you served.
Question 5

Check “Yes” or “No” to indicate if you have ever been a member or associated with any political party, or other group or organization which has engaged in or advocated violence as means to achieving a political or religious objective, or which has been associated with criminal activity at any time.

Question 6

Check “Yes” or “No” to indicate if you have ever witnessed or participated in the ill treatment of prisoners or civilians, looting or desecration of religious buildings.

To complete your form:

  1. Once the application is completed, click on the “Validate” button located at the top or bottom of the form. This will generate a barcode page (page 5 of 5) - see image below. If this application form is completed on a computer and printed, you must place the barcode page on the top of your application (or, if applying as a group, each individual application package). Sample barcode

    Note: This barcode page will not appear if you fill out your application by hand.

  2. If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign and date in the boxes provided at the bottom of the page.

    If you are less than 18 years of age, your form must be signed by one of your parents or a legal guardian.

Note: By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, accurate, and factual. If you do not sign and date the application form, it will be returned to you.


Family Information (IMM 5645 or IMM 5707)

Who needs to complete this form?

This form must be completed by each person, 18 years of age or older, applying for a Temporary Resident Visa, a study or work permit outside Canada.

Which form needs to be completed?

You must complete the Family Information form (IMM 5645 or IMM 5707) listed in the application package for your country.

Section A

Write the personal details about:

  • yourself,
    • If you are married and you were physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – physically present” in the marital status box.
    • If you are married and you were not physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – not physically present” in the marital status box.
  • your spouse or common-law partner, if applicable,
    • If you are married and your spouse was physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – physically present” in the marital status box.
    • If you are married and your spouse was not physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – not physically present” in the marital status box.
  • your mother,
  • your father.

Include: full name, relationship, date of birth, marital status (married, single, widowed, common-law, divorced, separated, annulled marriage), present address and occupation (job), and whether they will come with you to Canada by checking ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’.

If a person is deceased, indicate this under ‘‘Present address’’, and write the city and the date they died.

If not currently employed, please indicate whether that person is retired, studying, etc.

You must answer all questions. If a section does not apply to you, write ‘‘Not applicable’’ or ‘‘N/A’’.

Note: If you do not have a spouse or a common-law partner, read ‘‘Note 1’’, then sign and date the declaration at the end of Section A.

Section B

Write the personal details about your children. It is very important that you list all of your children even if they are already permanent residents or citizens of Canada. This includes:

  • married children,
  • adopted children,
  • children of your spouse (step-children) or common-law partner,
  • any of your children who have been adopted by others,
  • any of your children who are in the custody of an ex-spouse, former common-law partner or other guardian.

Write full name, relationship, date of birth, marital status (married, single, widowed, common-law, divorced, separated, annulled marriage), present address and occupation (job), and whether they will come with you to Canada by checking ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’.

If a person is deceased, indicate this under ‘‘Present address’’, and write the city and the date they died.

If not currently employed, please indicate whether that person is retired, studying, etc.

You must answer all questions. If a section does not apply to you, write ‘‘Not applicable’’ or ‘‘N/A’’.

Note: If you do not have children, read ‘‘Note 2’’, then sign and date the declaration at the end of Section B.

Section C (IMM 5645 only)

Write the personal details about your:

  • brothers,
  • sisters,
  • half-brothers and half-sisters,
  • step-brothers and step-sisters.

Write full name, relationship, date of birth, marital status (married, single, widowed, common-law, divorced, separated, annulled marriage), present address and occupation (job), and whether they will come with you to Canada by checking ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’.

If a person is deceased, indicate this under “Present address”, and write the city and the date they died.

If not currently employed, please indicate whether that person is retired, studying, etc.

You must answer all questions. If a section does not apply to you, write ‘‘Not applicable’’ or ‘‘N/A’’.

Section C (IMM 5707) or D (IMM 5645)

Signature

Sign and date in the boxes provided at the bottom of the page.

Note: By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, accurate and factual. If you do not sign or date the form, your application will be returned to you.


Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)

Who may use this form?

Complete this form only if you:

  • are appointing a representative;
  • have to update contact information for your previously appointed representative; or
  • are cancelling a representative’s appointment.

If you have dependent children aged 18 years or older, they are required to complete their own copy of this form if a representative is also conducting business on their behalf.

Who is a representative?

A representative is someone who provides advice, consultation, or guidance to you at any stage of the application process, or in a proceeding and, if you appoint him or her as your representative by filling out this form, has your permission to conduct business on your behalf with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

You are not obliged to hire a representative. We treat everyone equally, whether they use the service of a representative or not.

For more information, refer to: Use of a Representative.


Step 3. Pay the Fees

Fees

There may be three separate fees to pay:

  • an application processing fee;
  • an open work permit holder fee;
  • a biometric fee.

Find out if you are required to provide biometrics.

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid (all fees are in Canadian dollars). The processing fees must be included with your application. If you or your family members are required to provide biometric information, the biometric fee should be paid at the same time and the same way as the processing fee in order to avoid delays in processing your application.

Note: You may be required to pay the fees in local currency.


Calculating your fees

Services Number of persons Application Processing Fee per person Biometric fee per person Amount due
Work Permit   × $155 × $85  
Work Permit – Group of performing artists (3 persons or more)   $465 $255  
Open Work Permit Holder fee, if applicableFootnote 1   × $100    
Total $

Fees are subject to change at any time.

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Open Work Permit Holder fee is refunded if the application is refused.

Return to footnote 1 referrer

Note: Make sure that you are eligible to apply before you pay the fees and gather all the required documents before you submit the application.

The processing and biometric fees will not be refunded, regardless of the final decision. For example, being found ineligible for a study permit is part of the processing; the fees will not be refunded. If you apply again, you will have to pay the application processing fee, and if applicable to you, the biometric fee again.


Online fee payment

Resources required

You can pay your fees online if you have:

  • a valid e-mail address;
  • access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt) and
    • a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. If you are using a prepaid credit card, only cards with raised (embossed) numbers on the front will be accepted; or
    • a Canadian-issued debit card from BMO, Scotia Bank, RBC or TD. You must be enrolled in online banking. Credit cards that are also used as debit cards (e.g. Visa Debit) are not accepted.

Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay using the Internet.

  • Go to online Payment.
  • Follow the online instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.

Note

Do not exit without printing the receipt!

  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application. Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.

Proof of payment

The receipt printed in the instructions above will serve as your proof of payment.

If you are unable to pay your fees online:

Visit the Pay your fees page to learn about the methods of payment accepted by Canadian visa offices.


Incorrect fee payment

Incorrect fee payments may delay processing your application.

Payment issue – No fee included

CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with requested fees.

Payment issue – Insufficient fees included

CIC will return your application and inform you of how much to pay.

Note: Processing of your application will only begin once you return your application with the correct fees.

Payment issue – Overpayment

CIC will:

  • start processing your application, and
  • send you a refund.

Note: You do not have to request a refund, it will be done automatically.

Payment issue – No biometric fee included (if you are required)

CIC will:

  • inform you on how much to pay and how to pay.

Note: Processing of your application will continue after you provide the missing fees.


Step 4. Submit the Application

Where do I apply?

You may submit your application to a Visa Application Center (VAC) responsible for your area or apply online.

Are there biometric requirements?

You and your family members may be required to appear in person to have your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point.

All family members who require their fingerprints and photograph taken and who are applying together should go to the same biometric collection service point.

Find out if you are required to provide biometrics.


Important information

You must not have your biometric fingerprints and photo taken before you submit your application. You can have your biometrics collected:

  • after you submit your application, pay your application and biometric fees and have received a biometric instruction letter which will direct you to a list of points of service you may choose from;

    or

  • at the same time as you are submitting your application in person at a Visa Application Centre (VAC).

If I am required to provide my biometric fingerprints and photo, where do I go?

If you are required to provide biometric information you must provide your fingerprints and photograph at a biometric collection service point. These include:

  • Visa Application Centres (VAC);
  • US Application Service Centres (ASCs) in the United States; and
  • CIC offices outside Canada in a country where there is no VAC or ASC.

Applicants who use the services of a VAC to submit an application must provide their biometric information at the same VAC.

Consult the list of biometric collection service points.

Note: If you are required to provide biometric fingerprints and photo, you are not required to include paper photos with your application.


Send the document checklist

Make sure you complete the Document Checklist (IMM 5488) and include it with your application forms and supporting documents.


What Happens Next

The application process

Submission

Completion check

Once you have submitted your application, CIC will check to determine that:

  • all required application forms have been properly completed and submitted,
  • the application processing fee has been paid, and
  • all requested supporting documentation has been provided.

If your application package is incomplete:

  • CIC will return it to you,
  • no file will be created, and
  • no record will be kept until a complete application has been submitted.

Note: To avoid processing delays, pay your biometric fees at the same time as your application processing fees, using the same method of payment. 

Processing

Review for decision

Your application will undergo a detailed review by an officer. The officer will assess all the information and documentation you have provided and determine if an interview is necessary. If an interview is required, you will receive a letter specifying the date, time and place of the interview.

If your application is refused, any original documents, including your passport (if submitted with your application), will be returned to you with an explanation of why your application was refused.

If your application is approved, any original documents, including your passport (if submitted with your application), will be returned to you with a letter of introduction confirming the approval.

A letter of introduction is not a guarantee of entry into Canada.

Note: If we suspect that fraudulent documents were submitted, they will not be returned.


Arrival in Canada

If there has been a change in circumstances between the date of your application for a work permit and your arrival in Canada, or if subsequent information is given which was not originally available to the visa office, you may be refused entry.

An officer at the port of entry will decide if you still meet the requirements for admission when you arrive and how long you may stay. You will be issued a work permit at this time.

You must leave Canada on or before the date set by the officer or you must apply for an extension of your status in Canada.

Note: for applicants who provided their biometric information as part of their application, when you arrive at the Canadian port of entry, the officer will:

  • check your travel documents and compare you to the photo taken at the time of your application, and
  • may ask you to proceed to a secondary inspection line where your fingerprints will be compared with the fingerprints that were taken at the time of your visa application.

Factors that can facilitate processing

There are certain things you can do to help ensure that your application is processed as fast as possible:

  • ensure that all the documentation and information requested is provided with your application
  • tell us if your contact information changes, including:
    • mailing address
    • telephone numbers
    • facsimile number (fax)
    • e-mail address

Factors that may delay processing

The following factors may delay the processing of your application:

  • missing signature on application forms
  • unclear photocopies of documents
  • documents not accompanied by a certified English or French translation
  • verification of information and documents provided
  • a medical condition that may require additional tests or consultations
  • a criminal or security problem
  • consultation is required with other offices in Canada and abroad


For more information

Current processing times

Processing time can change. You can obtain current processing times on the Check application processing times webpage.


Protecting your information

Your personal information, including biometric fingerprints and photograph, if provided:

  • may be shared with other Canadian government institutions as well as foreign governments as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act, and
  • will be available to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
  • will not be disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

For more information

You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre.

Find out more about the protection of your biometric information.


Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly selects applications for a special review. If selected you will be asked to attend an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration official so that we can:

  • verify the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly.

Note: You will be notified in writing should your application be selected.


Online services

For more information on the programs offered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, visit Immigration and Citizenship.


Need help?

If you need help, you can find answers to your questions by consulting the Help Centre.


Temporary Resident Visa application photograph specifications

Provide two photos meeting the requirements of the Visa application photograph specifications. On the back of two photos, write your name and date of birth.

Note: If you are required to provide biometric fingerprints and photo, you are not required to include paper photos with your application

Find out if you are eligible

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