Work permit: After you apply

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.

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: Changes to biometrics requirements and collection procedures

Temporary measures have been put into place for biometrics requirements and collection procedures.

Find out what to do for your 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.

If you’re a visitor who had a work permit in the last 12 months

You can ask to be allowed to work while we process your application.

Who’s eligible

You must

  • have been physically present in Canada on August 24, 2020
    • if you leave after August 24, you can’t return and apply this way
  • be a visitor with valid status when you apply
  • have held a work permit that was valid in the 12 months before you applied for a new work permit

How to get an authorization to work while you wait

Follow these steps.

Step 1: Contact us

After you apply, fill out the IRCC Web form.

When you fill out the Your enquiry section, you must copy the text below.

Message to request interim authorization to work

Priority Code visit2work2020: I am requesting consideration under the Temporary Public Policy to Exempt Certain Visitors in Canada from Immigration Requirements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and ask that the applicable exemptions be granted until a decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

My previous work permit number [U#########] expired on [Date].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online. or I have submitted my application on paper and the postal/courier tracking number is NUMBER.

I intend to work for [employer NAME] / [occupation] as specified in the aforementioned work permit application.

I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

Make sure you fill out the sections in square brackets, including the

  • dates
  • work permit number (begins with a “U”)
  • name of employer
  • title of your job

If you applied on paper and don’t know your application number, include your courier tracking number. This will ensure we can find your application.

If you have other questions, you need to fill out a new IRCC Web form.

Step 2: Wait for us to contact you

You must wait for us to email you to let you know that you can start working. This may take up to 30 business days (6 weeks).

If your work permit application is approved

You can only get your work permit in Canada, either

  • at the port of entry the day you arrive
  • by mail if you’re already in Canada

The work permit will outline

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

If you were eligible to apply for a work permit from within Canada

We’ll mail the work permit to the Canadian address you gave us. This also applies if you’re a visitor who applied for a work permit under a temporary public policy.

If your mailing address changes before we send you our decision, you must follow the instructions to tell us your new address.

If you followed the instructions to apply for a work permit from outside Canada

If your application is approved outside of Canada, you’ll get an approval letter that says you’re allowed to work in Canada. This letter is called the port of entry (POE) letter of introduction (LOI).

You should bring this letter with you when you travel to Canada and present it at the port of entry.

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 will give you a work permit that sets out any conditions on your stay and work in Canada.

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