You can choose to apply online or through a paper application. If you need assistance, you can get help with your application at your nearest visa application centre (VAC).
To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and have a valid credit card for payment. Determine your eligibility and apply online.
Apply on paper
1. Get the application package
There are different ways to apply for a work permit, depending on where you are applying from. Find out how to apply.
Before you fill out the application or request a work permit at a port of entry, you will need:
- a written job offer from your employer;
- proof that you meet the requirements of the job (for example, proof of certain education or work experience); and
- the positive labour market opinion (LMO) on your job offer from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), if one is required. If you are applying for a work permit for a job that requires an LMO, you must now include the valid LMO with your application. We are no longer accepting work permit applications without valid LMOs.
If you need an LMO, it is up to your employer to get it and send it to you. Learn more about HRSDC LMOs. After your employer gets confirmation that you can be offered a job, the employer will send you the LMO confirmation letter. You must submit the detailed job offer and the LMO with your application.
Remember, even if HRSDC has given a positive LMO, there is no guarantee that you will get a work permit.
Some jobs do not require an HRSDC opinion. For these jobs you will require:
- proof of identity in the form of a valid passport or travel document that guarantees that you will be able to return to the country where it was issued; and
- if you are not a citizen of the country in which you are applying, you must also provide proof of your present immigration status in that country.
Passport and temporary resident visa
If you want to work in Canada, you must meet the requirements for a work permit. You must also meet the general requirements for entering Canada. This means that you might also need a passport and a temporary resident visa.
A temporary resident visa is an official document that is placed in your passport.
If you require a temporary resident visa, you do not have to apply for it separately or pay a separate fee. If your work permit is approved, the visa will be issued at the same time as the documentation you need to enter Canada as a worker.
Starting between September and December 2013, citizens from 29 countries and 1 territory will need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when they apply for a visa.
If you are a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, Greenland or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, you do not need a passport or a temporary resident visa to enter Canada. You must, however, provide proof of citizenship or permanent residence, such as a national identity card or an alien registration card.
2. Pay the application fees
There is a fee for applying for a work permit.
For current rates, go to Pay my application fees. In many countries, the fee can be paid in the local currency.
Check the website of the nearest visa office for more information on fees, including how to pay them. Your fee will not be refunded, even if your application is not accepted.
If you decide to submit your application at a visa application centre (VAC), you will have to pay the VAC services fees. These fees are not included in your CIC application fees.
3. Submit your application
Once you are sure your application form is complete, sign and date it, and check that you have included all the required documents and fees. Make sure you have the right receipt for the fees.
If you apply to work temporarily in Quebec, you must meet all the federal requirements and you must get a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Certificate of acceptance) from the province. See Quebec temporary workers for information.
If you apply from outside Canada
You can get help with completing and submitting your application at your nearest visa application centre (VAC). You can also find out where to submit your application by checking the website of your visa office.
If you apply as you enter Canada
If you are eligible, you can make a request directly at a Canadian port of entry for authorization to work in Canada. Although no application form is used, you still must present the same documents as you would if you were applying from outside Canada.
If you apply from inside Canada
You can either mail in your application to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta, or apply online for your work permit.
- How can I find out about jobs in Canada?
- Are there any conditions on my work permit?
- Can my spouse or common-law partner work in Canada?
- Can I change employers under the Live-in Caregiver Program?
- As a live-in caregiver, can I return to my home country for a vacation?
Find more answers in the Help Centre.
Where to send your application
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