Canada Work Permit Visa

Each year, Canada attracts about 200,000 foreign skilled workers who come to work in Canada with Canada Work Permit Visa/ Temporary Work Permit. The foremost requirement to work in Canada with temporary Canada Work Permit Visa is a temporary offer of employment from a Canadian employer. The Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada (HRSDC) has to grant a Temporary Work Permit to the person to work in Canada.

Basic Facts Related to Canada Work Permit Visa

  • In Canada, by ‘work’ is meant the activity through which monetary compensation is earned. It also refers to the activity which is a direct competition to the Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents in the Canadian labour market.
  • Canada Work Permit Visa is issued by the Canadian immigration authorities as a work permit for only a specific number of work related activities in Canada.
  • The first and foremost requisite of receiving a Canadian Work Permit is a job offer from an employer in Canada.
  • However, there are also instances of "Open" Work Permits being granted; these do not require a job offer from an employer.
  • If needed, the time period of the Canada Work Permit Visa can be extended from within Canada itself.
  • A positive "Labour Market Opinion" (LMO) letter issued by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) is needed for attaining a Canada Work Permit Visa to declare that the employment of the applicant is not going to hit the Canadian workers.

Who are Eligible for Canada Work Permit Visa

The employers use Canada Work Permit Visa to bring in new talents in fields of senior managers/executives from other countries. Canada Work Permit Visa is also given to foreign workers if despite significant recruitment efforts a suitably skilled Canadian citizen is not found to fill in the vacancy.
Here is a list of the foreign workers who can apply for Canada Work Permit Visa without being validated by a Human Resource Centre in Canada:

  • Senior managers or executives who are intra-company transferees.
  • Musicians and performers who have a contract to perform in Canada.
  • Volunteers who have been offered positions with registered Canadian religious or charitable organizations.
  • Exchange Professors.
  • Post-doctoral fellows.
  • Film crews for filming documentaries or travelogues in Canada.
  • Engineers or technicians to supervise the installation or for repairing of any equipment that has been sold by their company to any Canadian purchaser.

Apart from the exceptions that have been listed above, all other vacancies are validated by a positive "Labour Market Opinion" (LMO) letter issued by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). However, there has been a special project undertaken to streamline the inflow of highly skilled Software Professionals in Canada.

Dependants and Spouses

If the spouse of the person, with work authorization in Canada wants to work in Canada, they will need their own work authorization for doing so. This means that, even their job offer has to be validated by the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). However, the process is a bit easier as they can apply from within Canada. If the spouses or the dependants qualify as Highly Skilled Temporary Workers, they can be provided EAs under the Spousal Employment Authorization Pilot for Highly Skilled Temporary Workers.