What do I need to work in Canada?
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It depends on
- the job you want to do
- the program you want to apply for
- whether or not your job requires a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
In most cases, you’ll need 1 or more of the following documents to apply for a work permit:
- an LMIA number from your employer if your job needs an LMIA
- proof that your employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal
- an employment contract or letter (if your employer is exempt from the employer compliance process)
- proof that you are certified, accredited or qualified to work in the job you want
In some cases, you might be exempt from an LMIA:
- Mobilité Francophone allows Canadian employers hire French-speaking and bilingual workers from abroad to work outside of Quebec in managerial, professional and technical occupations and skilled trades.
- If you are between 18 and 35 years old, you might be eligible for a temporary work permit under International Experience Canada.
- Learn about other LMIA-exempt work permits.
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