Apply for a work permit — Temporary workers
We plan to expand our fingerprint and photo requirements
Starting July 31, 2018, you may 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 if these changes may apply to you.
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Follow these steps to apply for a work permit.
You must have:
- access to a scanner or camera to make electronic copies of your documents to upload, and
- a valid credit card to pay with.
Note: If you provide an email address on your application, please check your email account often for automated emails from us regarding your case. Some spam filters block these emails. Make sure that our emails are not blocked. If you’re not sure whether our emails are being sent, please check your account often.
Apply on paper
Follow steps 2 to 5 below.
Note for IEC and Global Skills Strategy applicants: If you’re an applicant under the International Experience Canada program or eligible for two-week processing through the Global Skills Strategy, you can only submit your work permit application online.
The specific documents you’ll need depend on the type of work permit you are applying for.
You will also need proof that you meet the requirements of the job, such as:
- proof of education, or
- work experience.
If the type of work permit you will be applying for is an open work permit, you will not need to include documents or other information from an employer in your application.
Employer-specific work permit
If your employer needs a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) you need to provide:
- a copy of the approved LMIA
- the employment contract
If your employer doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) you need to provide:
- the offer of employment number (ex A1234567) your employer got when they submitted the offer of employment through the Employer Portal
- the employment contract
Open work permit
You don’t need to include documents or information from an employer with your open work permit application.
The instruction guides have instructions on how to fill out the application. They also tell you which documents you’ll need to submit to get your work permit.
There are different guides and forms to apply for a work permit, depending on where you apply from:
Find out the requirements for where to apply in order to choose the best option for you.
Global Skills Strategy applicants: If you want to benefit from two-week processing you must apply from outside of Canada.
Passport and entry into Canada
To work in Canada, you must meet the requirements for a work permit. You may also need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, depending on your nationality. The eTA or visa will be issued at the same time as your work permit. You do not need to make a separate application or pay an additional fee.
In many countries, you can pay the fee in the local currency. You can find more information about the payment methods available to you by using the pay your fees tool.
Please note that if you apply on paper at a VAC, you will have to pay the VAC service fees. These fees are not included in your IRCC application fees.
In rare cases, some workers may be fee exempt.
5. Submit your application
Note: Families should send their applications in one package to the location where the principal applicant will be processed (based on their type of application).
Select the country/territory you will be applying from to find out where to submit your application. You can choose your country of nationality or the country/territory where you have been legally admitted:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Republic
- China (People’s Republic of)
- Comoros Island
- Costa Rica
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Holy See
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macao SAR
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia (Federated States of)
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- Palestinian Authority (Gaza)
- Palestinian Authority (West Bank)
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Timor-Leste (Timor oriental)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- US Virgin Islands
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