Applying for a work permit in Canada involves several steps:
- Employer applies for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): If necessary, the employer must first apply for an LMIA from the Canadian government2.
- Employer extends Temporary Job Offer: Once the LMIA is approved, the employer can extend a temporary job offer to the foreign worker2.
- Foreign Worker applies for Work Permit: The foreign worker can then apply for the work permit. This is typically done online. You’ll need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit card1.
- Work Permit is issued: If the application is approved, the work permit is issued2.
For an open work permit, in the “Details of intended work in Canada” section of the IMM 1295 application form, choose “Open Work Permit” for question 1 and leave questions 2 to 6 blank3. The fees for an open work permit include a $100 open permit holder fee and a $155 work permit fee3.
Remember, even if you apply online, you should read the instruction guide before you complete your application. The guide will explain how to complete each field on the form1.
Please note that this is a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on your specific situation. It’s always a good idea to check the official government website or consult with an immigration expert for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
How long does it take to get a work permit in Canada?
The processing time for a work permit in Canada can vary depending on the type of permit and individual circumstances. On average, Canadian work permits are typically processed between 1-9 months.
However, as of February 2023, the estimated processing time for a standard work permit is approximately 1-27 weeks, while the processing time for a work permit through the Global Talent Stream is around 2 weeks2.
Please note that these are estimates and actual processing times can vary. It’s always a good idea to check the official government website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.