Work permit: How to apply

How to apply

You can apply for a work permit online or on paper.

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Find out where biometrics fits in the application process.

Why you should apply online

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
  • Online applications may be processed more quickly.
  • Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • If we need to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
  • You don’t need to submit your passport until we ask for it.
  • Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

IEC and Global Skills Strategy applicants must apply online

If you’re an applicant under the International Experience Canada program or eligible for two-week processing through the Global Skills Strategy, you must submit your work permit application online.

Outside Canada

To get the forms you need, you’ll have to tell us how you’re applying and where you’re applying from.

Get the application to work in Canada

Inside Canada – Apply online

Before you apply online, make sure you have:

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

Inside Canada – Apply on paper

Get the application package

The package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Make sure to read the instruction guide carefully to help you fill out your application.

Get your work permit application package

Inside Canada – Not eligible

You’re not eligible to use the in-Canada application. You need to follow the instructions for applying for a work permit from outside Canada.

Apply for a work permit from outside Canada

Port of entry – Visa required

You can’t apply for a work permit at a port of entry. You need to follow the instructions for applying for a work permit from outside Canada.

Apply for a work permit from outside Canada

Port of entry – Visa not required

How to apply at a port of entry

Port of entry – I don’t know if I need a visa

If you’re not sure, you can answer a few questions to find out if you need a visitor visa or an eTA to travel to Canada.

Find out if you need a visa

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