Want to Work in Canada? You Might Need a Work Visa

Canada has a wide variety of work opportunities for people who want to temporarily visit the country and make some money.  If you have a job offer, want to establish a new business, or you have been transferred to a Canadian office through an intercompany transfer, you may need a work permit to legally work.

When it comes to business, you will want to begin working in Canada as soon as possible so as not to interrupt your income.  If the requirements are not met, your application may not be approved.  That is why, each year, thousands of people turn to Niren & Associates for immigration help.  We have a proven track record, and we get results for temporary workers.

Contact our Chicago law office to find out if you need a work permit

“Our immigration process was quite a ride, but it is now inches away from a successful resolution. I can’t say enough about your high degree of professionalism, attention to details and level of care I received from you.” – Greg F.

Getting a Work Permit Can Be a Bit of Work

Generally, there are two steps to obtaining a Canadian work permit.

Step 1: Get a A Labour Market Opinion (LMO) letter from Service Canada (formally HRSDC)

Before applying for a Canada Work Visa, in most cases, you need to obtain a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada (formally HRSDC).

The procedure involved in obtaining an LMO from Service Canada is that the prospective Canadian employer applies for approval of the job offer to the foreign worker. Service Canada will issue the LMO approval or confirmation IF they are satisfied that there are no Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents who are qualified for and willing to fill the position offered by a foreign worker OR that the foreign worker will train Canadians during his or her employment in Canada.

Typically, the prospective employer must demonstrate to Service Canada that it has made efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident for the position but had not been successful in finding a suitable Canadian candidate. The Canadian employer will often be required to advertise for the position offered to the foreign worker.

If Service Canada is satisfied that the prospective employer has made best efforts to hire a local worker, they will “Confirm” the offer of employment to the foreign worker and issue and LMO letter.

Step 2. Application for Canadian Work Visa after LMO issued

Once the LMO has been issued by Service Canada, the foreign worker will be invited to apply for a Canadian Work Visa or Canadian Work Permit at a Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission outside of Canada. In some cases, the foreign worker will be required to attend at an interview with a visa officer.

If the visa officer is satisfied that the foreign worker’s employment will not adversely effect employment in Canada for Canadians, and that the foreign worker qualifies for the position, then a Canada Work Permit will be issued.

Note : In some cases, applicants from certain countries will be required to undergo medical examinations.

Exemptions from Work Visas

The following persons do not require Canada work visas (subject to certain conditions):

  • Foreign Diplomats
  • Military Personnel
  • Clergy
  • Performing Artists (under certain circumstances)
  • Athletes
  • Artists
  • Ship or Truck Personnel
  • Designated Foreign Buyers and Sellers

Note : There are other exemptions that are found in the Canadian Immigration Regulations.

Exemptions from LMO Applications: Fast Track for Canada Work Visas

Not everyone requires an LMO to get a Canada work visa. There are certain occupations which do not require an LMO from Service Canada such as:

  • Foreign Students holding a Canadian Study Permit
  • Citizens of the United States whose occupations fall under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This category is for US Citizens and Mexican Citizens.
  • Spouses of Highly Skilled Workers on a work permit

We Work for You, So You Can Get to Work

Thousands of people utilize our immigration expertise every year to help them qualify for a work permit.  Not only does your work permit application need to properly express how valuable you are, but your interview is integral to convincing a visa officer why you are the right person for the job.  We know what Canadian immigration officials want to see in an application, and we can help you find success.

Contact our Chicago, IL immigration office for assistance with your work permit application and interview

“We cannot begin to sufficiently express our tremendous gratitude to you for all your excellent work that resulted in a successful work permit! Definitely the success of the application will touch and improve the lives of well over 100 people. This is a small, not-affluent town with basically no cultural or educational opportunities for people who can’t travel to larger centers, so this really is a great opportunity for everyone.” – Kim and Ted