Work Permit Canada

International visitors, students and workers can enter Canada under a temporary status. They are considered temporary residents.

Those who meet the eligibility criteria, living inside or outside Canada, can apply to settle in the country and become a permanent resident and, in the future, a Canadian citizen.

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the federal department that facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada.

Canada has more than 100 programs for permanent residency with different specifications and eligibility requirements. We assist you navigating through all options and define the most suitable for you and your family.

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  • FIRST STEPS TO APPLY FOR CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENCY

September 7, 2021: Fully vaccinated travellers, from any country, can enter Canada if they meet all immigration and health requirements:

  • have received the full series of the following accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccine:

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)

Moderna (mRNA-1273)

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)

Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

  • have received their last dose at least 14 days prior to the day they enter Canada;
  • register their information in ArriveCAN App and show their receipt to board their flight;
  • are eligible to enter Canada on the specific date they enter;
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • meet all other entry requirements defined by immigration Canada.

Fully vaccinated travellers do not need testing, unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 Covid-19 molecular test.

Proof of vaccination needs to be uploaded in ArriveCAN app, in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 still need a full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines. One dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) will not be accepted.

Travelers shall also check flight suspensions before planning their travel to Canada.

Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated confirmation of permanent residence (CoPR) document holder can enter Canada if they meet all immigration and health requirements:

  • have a valid confirmation of permanent residence (CoPR) document or a re-ssued CoPR and a visa sticker for passport, if expired before you come to Canada;
  • have a quarantine plan for 14 days beginning on the day they arrive in Canada;
  • take a COVID-19 test on arrival and another on Day 8 of their quarantine;
  • register their information in ArriveCAN App and show their receipt to board their flight;
  • are eligible to enter Canada on the specific date they enter;
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • meet all other entry requirements defined by immigration Canada such as pre-entry test.

Test your language skills:

English and French are the two official languages of Canada. To apply for any permanent residency program, you will have to submit the results of an official English or French test. Your English/French level has to be equivalent to the minimum CLB/NCLC level required for the program you are applying for. 

CLB - Canadian Language Benchmarks (for English) 

NCLC - Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (for French)

When taken an English/French test you will be tested in 4 skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening.

The tests accepted for permanent residency application are:

English

CELPIP–General: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (General–LS test is not accepted)

IELTS–General Training: International English Language Testing System (Academic test is not accepted)

French

TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français (TEF Études, Naturalisation, Carte de résident or the Québec versions of the test are not accepted)

TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français (TCF, DAP, ANF, Carte de résident or the Québec versions of the test are not accepted)

 

Get your foreign educational credential(s) assessed:

If you obtained your education outside Canada, you will need to submit along with your application an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes. The ECA is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one.

Find the NOC for your occupation:

NOC (National Occupational Classification) is the system used by IRCC to classify jobs in Canada. 
For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs
  • Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university
  • Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice
  • Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training
  • Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training

Jobs with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B are considered “skilled” occupations.

Knowing the NOC for your occupation is an important step to find out which immigration programs you qualify for.