Application to work in Canada — work permits including open work permits

You need to give your biometrics

You now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a work permit if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Find out who needs to give biometrics and how the new application process works.

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 are you applying?

  • Online

    Where are you applying from?

    • Anguilla
    • Afghanistan
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • Andorra
    • Angola
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Aruba
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bonaire
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Brunei
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burma (Myanmar)
    • Burundi
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Cape Verde
    • Cayman Islands
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Comoros Island
    • Congo
    • Costa Rica
    • Côte d’Ivoire
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Denmark
    • Djibouti
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Holy See
    • Honduras
    • Hong Kong (SAR)
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Kiribati
    • Kosovo
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Laos
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macao
    • Macedonia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Martinique
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Micronesia (Federated States of)
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Nauru
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • North Korea
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Palestinian Authority (Gaza)
    • Palestinian Authority (West Bank)
    • Panama
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Puerto Rico
    • Qatar
    • Romania
    • Russia
    • Rwanda
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Senegal
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • South Sudan
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Swaziland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Syria
    • Tahiti
    • Taiwan (Republic of China)
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • Timor-Leste (Timor oriental)
    • Togo
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Tuvalu
    • Uganda
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Uruguay
    • US Virgin Islands
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam
    • Yemen
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
  • Paper

    Where are you applying from?

    • Anguilla
    • Afghanistan
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • Andorra
    • Angola
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Aruba
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bonaire
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Brunei
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burma (Myanmar)
    • Burundi
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Cape Verde
    • Cayman Islands
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Comoros Island
    • Congo
    • Costa Rica
    • Côte d’Ivoire
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Denmark
    • Djibouti
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Holy See
    • Honduras
    • Hong Kong (SAR)
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Kiribati
    • Kosovo
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Laos
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macao
    • Macedonia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Martinique
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Micronesia (Federated States of)
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Nauru
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • North Korea
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Palestinian Authority (Gaza)
    • Palestinian Authority (West Bank)
    • Panama
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Puerto Rico
    • Qatar
    • Romania
    • Russia
    • Rwanda
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Senegal
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • South Sudan
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Swaziland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Syria
    • Tahiti
    • Taiwan (Republic of China)
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • Timor-Leste (Timor oriental)
    • Togo
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Tuvalu
    • Uganda
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Uruguay
    • US Virgin Islands
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam
    • Yemen
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

Online applications

Before you apply online, make sure you have:

Depending on your situation, you may need to submit Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM 5409] (PDF, 637 KB) April 2015.

You need an account to apply online. Use it to pay your fees, check your status and extend your permit.

Create an account or sign in

Paper applications

You need:

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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