Work without a permit list [R186 and public policies] – International Mobility Program

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Officers should follow the steps provided in Steps to determine work and assessment of work permit applications to determine what permit or authorization, if any, is required.

Regulatory authorization to work without a work permit

Public policy authorization to work without a permit

Registered Indians

Per paragraph 186(x) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, registered Indians, as defined under the Indian Act, are exempt from having to apply for a work permit.

For more information on determining registered Indian status, see section 10, Examining people who are registered under the Indian Act at ports of entry, in ENF 4: Port of entry examinations (PDF, 1.6 MB).

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