Apply for a work permit — Temporary workers

You need to give your biometrics

You now 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 who needs to give biometrics and how the new application process works.

Apply online

Save time and get case updates online!

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
  • 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.
  • Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

Ready to get started?

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit card.

Apply on paper

There are different guides and forms to apply on paper 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.

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 can only submit your work permit application online.

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:

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