WORKING IN CANADA
Foreign Nationals can work in certain jobs in Canada without a work permit. To determine if you don’t require a work permit, please see list of work that don’t require one:
- Athlete or coach
- Aviation accident or incident investigator
- Business visitor
- Civil aviation inspector
- Convention organizer
- Crew member
- Emergency service provider
- Examiner and evaluator
- Expert witness or investigator
- Family member of foreign representative
- Foreign government officer or representative
- Health care student
- Judge, referee or similar official
- Military personnel
- News reporter or film and media crew
- Producer or staff member working on advertisements
- Performing artist
- Public speaker
- Student working off-campus
- Student working on-campus
Your eligibility to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit will depend on several factors, including the location in which you submit an application for a work permit. No matter where you apply, all work permit applicants, must:
- Prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires,
- Show that they have sufficient money to take care of themselves and family members during their stay in Canada and returning home,
- Observe the law and has no criminal record.
- Not be a threat to Canada’s security,
- Be in good health and pass a medical exam, if needed,
- Not plan to work for an employer on the list of ineligible employers.
- Not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages,
- Provide officers any other documents to prove you can enter the country.
- Not be otherwise inadmissible in Canada on other grounds.
Anyone may apply for a Work Permit before entering Canada. In most cases, you must submit an application to a visa office outside Canada. This is usually applicable if you need a visa to enter Canada or if you need to undergo a medical examination unless a valid medical examination results are available at the time of entry.
Foreign Nationals can apply at the Port of Entry in Canada if they meet any of the following:
- From a visa-exempt country,
- Holding a valid medical certificate as a requirement of the employment or originating from a designated country.
- Employer has completed all the steps of the type of work permit.
- Applying for an Open Work Permit.
Foreign Nationals can apply for a work permit from within Canada if they meet any of the following conditions:
- Holders of work or study permits and their family members;
- Allowed to work in Canada without a work permit but will require a new work permit to work in a different job;
- Holders of temporary resident permits (TRPs) valid for a minimum of six months and their
- family members;
- Refugee claimants and persons subject to an unenforceable removal order;
- In-Canada permanent resident applicants and their family members who are members of the following classes, determined eligible for PR status: live-in-caregiver, spouse or common-law partner, protected persons, H&C;
- Persons whose work permits were authorized by a mission abroad, where the permit was not issued at a POE;
- Mexican citizens who have been admitted to Canada as temporary residents may apply for a work permit under any NAFTA category. U.S. citizens admitted as temporary residents may apply in Canada under the Professional or intra-company transferee NAFTA categories only.
- Graduated from a program of study at a
- Canadian university,
- community college,
- publicly funded trade/technical school, or
- other eligible school.
TYPES OF WORK PERMITS:
An open work permit allows a Foreign National to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer:
- who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions of the foreign worker program, or
- who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.
An employer-specific work permit allows the Foreign National to work according to the conditions specified on the work permit, which include:
- name of the employer where Foreign National can work for,
- duration of employment,
- times and period of the employment
- the location of the work (if applicable)