Application to work in Canada — work permits including open work permits
New applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online
At this time, if you’re applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit, apply online.
Due to service disruptions related to COVID-19, we are experiencing difficulties receiving and processing applications submitted by mail or in person at a VAC.
You need different forms depending on how you’re applying and where you’re applying from. Tell us more to get the forms you need.
How applying online helps you
- No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
- It helps you make sure your application is complete before you submit it.
- You can quickly submit more documents online (if we ask you to).
- You get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.
Before you apply online, make sure you have:
- the instruction guide to fill out the forms
- visa office requirements for your country
- a scanner or camera
- a valid credit or debit card
Depending on your situation, you may need to submit Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM 5409] (PDF, 637 KB)
You need an account to apply online. Use it to pay your fees, check your status and extend your permit.
- The instruction guide to prepare and submit your application
- Document checklist for a work permit [IMM 5488] (PDF, 1.52 MB)
- Visa office requirements for your country
- Details of Education/Employment/Travel form [IMM 0104] (PDF, 1.71 MB)
- Application for Work Permit made outside Canada
- Family Information Form [IMM 5707] (PDF, 1.53 MB)
- Visa application photograph specifications
- Depending on your situation, you may need to submit:
All applicants must fill out and sign their own form, including people travelling as part of a family. If you’re under 18, your parent or guardian must sign your form.
Validate, sign and include the barcode form on top of your application. Learn how to use the electronic application form.
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