Work permit: After you apply

COVID-19: workers changing jobs or employers

You don’t need to wait until your new employer-specific work permit arrives to start a new job or work for a new employer. Follow these steps to start working after you apply for a work permit.

After you apply

You need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)

In most cases, you need to give biometrics. After you pay the biometrics fee and submit your application, we’ll send you a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics (in person).

If you didn’t pay the biometrics fee, we’ll send you a letter asking you to do this first. You can only get the instruction letter if you pay the biometrics fee.

COVID-19: Biometrics deadline

Some biometrics collection sites are closed. If the site closest to you is closed, we’ll extend your deadline to give your biometrics. Find out how COVID-19 is affecting biometrics.

Find out more about how to give your biometrics and where to give your biometrics.

To come to Canada temporarily, you need to give biometrics once every 10 years. If you gave biometrics in the past and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again. Find out if your biometrics are still valid and when they expire by using the Check Status Tool.

An officer will also check:

If your application is approved

If your application is approved, you’ll get a letter that says you’re allowed to work in Canada. Bring this letter with you when you travel to Canada.

That letter is not a work permit. You’ll get your work permit when you arrive in Canada.

The work permit will outline:

  • the type of work you can do
  • the employer you can work for
  • where you can work, and
  • how long you can work

If you applied for your work permit at the port of entry

If you’re eligible to apply for the work permit as you enter Canada and are approved, the border services officer may then give you a work permit that sets out any conditions on your stay and work in Canada.

If you applied for your work permit from inside Canada

If you’re eligible to apply from within Canada, we’ll mail the work permit to the Canadian address you gave us.

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