WHAT IT TAKES TO GET WORK VISA IN CANADA AND ANY PARTS OF THE WORLD
1. Determine if you will apply online or on paper
You must have:
- access to a scanner or camera to make electronic copies of your documents to upload online
Determine your eligibility and documents required to apply online.
Note: If you provide an email address on your application, please check your email account often for automated emails from us regarding your case. Some spam filters block these emails. Make sure that our emails are not blocked. If you’re not sure whether our emails are being sent, please check your account often. Click to open the link boxx above or below to apply for work visa anywhere in the world
Apply on paper
Follow steps 2 to 5 below. Though this could be more difficult as it requires lots of movements
Note for IEC and Global Skills Strategy applicants: If you’re an applicant under the International Experience Canada program or eligible for two-week processing through the Global Skills Strategy, you can only submit your work permit application online. Click to open the link boxx above or below to apply for work visa anywhere in the world
2. Get the right documents
The specific documents you’ll need depend on the type of work permit you are applying for.
You will also need proof that you meet the requirements of the job, such as:
- proof of education, or
- work experience. or
- graduate work
If the type of work permit you will be applying for is an open work permit, you will not need to include documents or other information from an employer in your application.
Employer-specific work permit
If your employer needs a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) you need to provide:
- a copy of the approved LMIA
- the job offer
If your employer doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) you need to provide:
- the offer of employment number (ex A1234567) your employer got when they submitted the offer of employment through the Employer Portal
- the job offer
Open work permit
You don’t need to include documents or information from an employer with your open work permit application.
The instruction guides have instructions on how to fill out the application. They also tell you which documents you’ll need to submit to get your work permit.
There are different guides and forms to apply for a work permit, depending on where you apply from:
- inside Country
- outside Country, or
- as you enter Country.
Find out the requirements for where to apply in order to choose the best option for you.
Global Skills Strategy applicants: If you want to benefit from two-week processing you must apply from outside of Canada. that’s for Individuals applying for Canada
Passport and entry into any Country
To work in any Country, you must meet the requirements for a work permit. You may also need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, depending on your nationality. The eTA or visa will be issued at the same time as your work permit. You do not need to make a separate application or pay any fee. Click to open the link boxx above or below to apply for work visa anywhere in the world
5. Submit your application
Note: Families should send their applications in one package to the location where the principal applicant will be processed (based on their type of application).