How to apply for a work permit at a port of entry

Before you come to Canada

When you arrive at the port of entry

Tell the officer that you want a work permit. The officer will check:

  • your passport or other travel document
  • that you meet the eligibility requirements
  • that your medical certificate is valid, if you need one

If you’re applying for an employer-specific work permit

If you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for your job, you need to bring:

  • your job offer,
  • a copy of the LMIA,
  • an LMIA number, and
  • proof that you meet the qualifications and experience for the job

If you want to work in Quebec, you may also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion.

If you don’t need an LMIA, you don’t need a CAQ to work in Quebec.

If you don’t need an LMIA for your job, you need to bring:

  • your job offer
  • the offer of employment number from your employer
  • proof that you do not need an LMIA for the job
  • proof that you meet the qualifications and experience for the job

If you’re applying for an open work permit

If you’re eligible to apply for an open work permit, you don’t need to bring any documents from an employer.

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