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A step-by-step description of how to apply for a temporary work permit in Canada:

Step 1: Determine if you require a work permit to work in your desired job in Canada

Step 2: Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit

Step 3: Determine if you will apply online or on paper

Step 4: Obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your potential employer, if required

Step 5: Obtain a temporary job offer from your potential employer

Step 6: Gather All Required Documents and Forms

Step 7: Pay fees :

The general fee is $155 for each person submitting a temporary work permit application. The fee for a group of performing artists more than three persons is $465.

Step 8: Submit the application:

The application may be submitted online or to a Visa Application Center.

What Happens Next?

Step 1: Determine if you require a work permit to work in your desired job in Canada

Foreign nationals can work in certain jobs in Canada without a work permit. For a comprehensive list of Canadian jobs that do not require a work permit, click here. Note: Even if you do not need a work permit to work in Canada, you will still need to obtain legal entry to Canada. For example, you can enter Canada under a temporary resident visa.

If your desired job requires a work permit, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit

Your eligibility to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit depends on various factors, including the location in which you apply for a work permit. ALL work permit applicants, however, must:

There are also other requirements that depend on the location in which you apply for a work permit. For more information on these requirements, click here.

Step 3: Determine if you will apply online or on paper for Canadian temporary work permit

If you apply online, you must have access to a scanner or digital camera. This will allow you to upload all required documents for Canadian temporary work permit online to be included in your application. If you choose to apply on paper, you can obtain all necessary forms from CIC.

Note: If you are applying under the International Experience Class Program, you must submit your application online.

Step 4: Obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your potential employer, if required

In most cases, an employer must obtain a positive LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before hiring a foreign worker. Once the employer obtains a positive LMIA, it must be sent to the foreign worker applicant for inclusion in the work permit application.

However, not all jobs require a positive LMIA. For more information on LMIAs, click here (Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs)).

For information on jobs that do not require a LMIA, click here (Jobs That Are Exempt from the LMIA Requirement – Canada Immigration and Visa Information. Canadian Immigration Services and Free Online Evaluation.)

Step 5: Obtain a temporary job offer from your potential employer

All foreign nationals applying for a temporary work permit must have a temporary job offer from their potential employer. The employer must send a detailed job offer letter to the work permit applicant. The applicant must then attach the job offer letter to his/her work permit application. The job offer letter must prove:

The job offer letter must also include:

If the employment is to take place in Quebec, the job offer must be approved by the Quebec government. For more information on applying for a work permit in Quebec, click here. (The Quebec LMIA Application Process – Canada Immigration and Visa Information. Canadian Immigration Services and Free Online Evaluation.

Extension and Renewal of Work Permits in Quebec – Canada Immigration and Visa Information. Canadian Immigration Services and Free Online Evaluation.

Note: The job offer letter must be submitted to the government by the employer AND a copy of the letter must be submitted by the applicant along with the work permit application. The applicant should also make sure that the employer has paid the employer compliance fee.

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