After you apply: get next steps — Temporary workers

Note: You will be able to have your sex marked as X (unspecified) on your documents. Until then, once you are in Canada, you can apply for a supporting document that says your sex should be X. Find out more.

Once we get your application for a work permit, we will start to process it.

When we do this, we may ask you to go to an interview with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada officials in your country or to send more information.

You might need a medical exam to enter Canada. If you do, an officer will tell you so and will send you instructions on what to do. Note: A medical exam can add over three months to the time it takes us to process your application.

An officer will also check:

  • the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions to make sure that the employer can hire you,
  • that you have not worked in Canada for one or more periods that total four years or more (with some exceptions), and
  • that you qualify for a work permit and have given us all the documents we need.

If you are approved to work, you will get a “letter of introduction” that states you are allowed to work in Canada. That letter is not a work permit.

When you get to Canada, you must show the letter to the border services officer (BSO). You must also show:

  • your passport,
  • your visa (if you need one) and
  • any travel documents you are carrying (such as airline tickets).

The BSO may then give you a work permit that sets out the conditions of your stay and work in Canada.

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

If you are eligible to apply from within Canada, we will mail the work permit to the address in Canada you provided.

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.


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