Work Permit Canada

Whether you are looking to study, work or visit Canada be certain that you will enjoy your stay in this country. Every year more than 20 million people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer. 

Depending on where you live and the reason for your visit, you will need to meet certain entry requirements. In most cases, if you plan to stay in Canada for a certain period of time, you will need a Permit as a Student, Worker, or Visitor.

We can assist defining the best option for you and your family to come to Canada according to your plans and qualifications. Our experienced team will assist each step of the way with the application process and preparation to arrive and settle here meeting your timeline.

If you are already in Canada and need to extend your stay as a Student, Worker or Visitor, contact us for assistance with your visa or permit extension and to check if you qualify for permanent residency.

  • Study Permit
  • Work Permit
  • Visit Canada
  • International students with an approved study permit are allowed to enter Canada under certain conditions.

    February 21, 2021: all travellers including students must meet the new testing and quarantine requirements when coming to Canada.

    They must:

    • take the test within 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure time for your flight that lands in Canada
    • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test
    • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

    All travellers entering Canada will be required to take a test before leaving the airport, stay at a hotel designated by the government for 3 days while waiting for the test result. Even if the test is negative, an additional 11-day quarantine is required.

    February 12, 2021: International students are also allowed to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

    These measures apply to all international students who:

    • are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program
    • began, or will begin, a program in any semester from spring 2020 to fall 2021, or whose program was already in progress in March 2020
    • have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or applied for a study permit prior to starting their program and are eventually approved
    • meet all other PGWP criteria

More than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year and even more come to Canada to learn English or French. Foreign students are always welcomed and add a rich culture to our classrooms and campuses. As a student in Canada, if your studies will last less than six months, no Study Permit is required. Any studies beyond six months require a Study Permit, in addition to a Temporary Resident Visa, if you are not from a visa-exempt country.

Canada hosts some of the top universities and colleges in the world and has been an attractive location for international students to further their education.

We have arrangements with more than one thousand universities, colleges, language schools and high schools in Canada. We can assist you navigating through all the options and choosing the most suitable for you, according to your budget, which province or city you wish to live in, and the area of study you wish to pursue.

The great advantage is international students are allowed to work in Canada, inside and outside the campus, for any employer, if taking a full-time eligible program at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). They can work part-time (20 hours per week) while taking classes and full-time during summer or non-semester breaks. This key experience gained during the education period can assist students in applying for permanent residence after completion of studies.

The Canadian government recognizes the importance of international students to our country’s economic growth. It continues to support recent graduates through a variety of immigration programs across the country that provide unique opportunities for students looking to remain in Canada and apply for permanent residence status.

We can assist you to make the right decision: choose the eligible educational institution and program of studies that will support your career and application for permanent residency in Canada!

We assist throughout the (S2PR) student-permanent resident stream, selecting educational institutions and programs, enrolling the student at the school, applying for the study permit and defining the strategy for obtaining Canadian permanent residency.

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  • Foreign workers who are coming to Canada for a non-discretionary purpose are allowed to enter the country under certain conditions:

    • have a valid work permit and primary residence in Canada. (This applies even if the worker has been laid off); or
    • have a letter of introduction for a work permit (open or employer-specific), have a valid job offer, and can work once entering Canada, after completing the 14-day quarantine (unless an exemption applies).

    Travel restrictions and exemptions for temporary workers: foreign nationals eligible to work without a work permit and workers providing essential services are exempt from travel restrictions.

    February 21, 2021: all travellers including workers must meet the new testing and quarantine requirements when coming to Canada.

    They must:

    • take the test within 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure time for your flight that lands in Canada
    • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test
    • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

    All travellers entering Canada will be required to take a test before leaving the airport, stay at a hotel designated by the government for 3 days while waiting for the test result. Even if the test is negative, an additional 11-day quarantine is required.

    Testing and quarantine exemptions apply for certain essential services workers.

Temporary workers enter Canada for a period of time to fill critical skill shortages. These workers are usually provided with a Temporary Work Permit before leaving their home country.

There are many ways to qualify for a Work Permit. In most situations, the worker will need a job offer from a Canadian employer to apply for a work permit.

Work Permit Programs

Work Permit via LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment): Before hiring an international worker, most employers need a government authorization that comes through an approved LMIA application. LMIAs are processed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which ensures that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. Foreign nationals included in an approved LMIA are then able to apply for a work permit.

International Mobility Program

The IMP allows workers to apply for a work permit without a LMIA. The exceptions include professionals and business investors defined on international agreements, due to Canadian interests such as significant benefit or reciprocal employment, and public policies, workers without other means of support such as refugees, permanent residence applicants in Canada, vulnerable workers, and humanitarian reasons.

    • March 1, 2021: IEC pools are open for the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

      Working Holiday Work Permit - Due to current travel restrictions, Working Holiday candidates will have to provide proof of a valid job offer to receive an invitation to apply for the 2021 season.

    The International Experience Canada is the pathway for young professionals looking to gain work experience in Canada. The Program is available to citizens from countries or territories that have an agreement with Canada allowing them to apply for an IEC work permit.

    There are 3 categories of work permit under the IEC Program:

    • Working Holiday: for candidates without a job offer in Canada.
    • Young Professionals: for candidates with a job offer in Canada in an occupation NOC skill level 0, A or B, and, in some specific situations, skill level C
    • International Co-op (Internship): for candidates registered at a post-secondary institution and have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada

    The eligibility requirements vary according to the country of citizenship. Usually, the candidates have to be between the ages of 18 and 35, have minimum of $2,500 CAD to cover the expenses in Canada, and be admissible to Canada.

    • PGWP new policy in force: Foreign workers in Canada with an expired or expiring PGWP and affected by the pandemic will be able to apply for another open work permit so they can remain in Canada and pursue the work experience needed to qualify for permanent residency.

      PGWP holders can apply for an open work permit under the public policy whether they:

      • have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date they apply
      • still are in Canada
      • have a valid temporary status, or are applying to restore their status

      The new work permit will be valid for 18 months. Applications will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

    The PGWP is available for full-time students who graduated in eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions and programs.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Complete a PGWP-eligible program at one of the Designated Learning Institutions. Academic, vocational or professional training programs at least 8 months long which grant a degree, diploma or certificate are eligible;
    • Take minimum of 50% of the Program by in-class courses (Some exceptions apply due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
    • Have studied full time (have taken at least 3 courses of the Program) in each semester, except for the last one.
    • Have received the transcript and letter of completion of the program issued by the Designated Learning Institution.

    The PGWP expiry depends on the length of the program the student has completed and is at the discretion of the Canadian immigration IRCC. For 1-year programs, the student usually receives a work permit valid for 1 year; for 2-year or longer programs, the work permit expiry varies from 2 to 3 years.

  • Some international students are allowed to work in Canada, inside and outside the campus, for any employer, if taking a full-time eligible program at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). They can work part-time while taking classes and full-time during summer breaks. Foreign students can also apply for Co-op Work Permit when taking an eligible co-op program.

    Check if you qualify for a work permit

  • Until further notice, visitors are not allowed to enter Canada. Some visitors are exempt from travel restrictions whether entering the country for a non-discretionary purpose.

    Who is exempt:

    • an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident who is staying in Canada for 15 days or more
    • an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident who is staying in Canada for 15 days or more
    • a person who is authorized by the Public Health Agency of Canada to travel to Canada for compassionate reasons such as being present during the final moments of life of a loved one, providing support to a person deemed critically ill, or providing care to a person who medically requires support

Canadian citizens and Canadian Permanent Residents have the right to enter Canada freely. Other visitors to Canada, including tourists, students, and workers, may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to enter the country.

You do not need a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada if you are from a visa-exempt country. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be required from visa-exempt travelers to board their flight to Canada.

Citizens from non-exempt countries must apply for a Temporary Resident Visa before entering Canada. If you plan to stay in Canada as a visitor for longer than 6 months, you will need a Visitor Permit to extend your stay.

Parent or grandparent of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen may be eligible for a super visa valid for up to 10 years. The super visa allows the visitor to stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.

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