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

COVID-19 restrictions: Who can apply at the port of entry

There are restrictions on who can apply for a work permit or give their biometrics at a Canadian port of entry right now due to travel restrictions.

You should only apply at the port of entry if you’re exempt from travel restrictions.

Before you travel to Canada

All travellers entering Canada must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. Under certain conditions, you may be exempt from some of these requirements.

Find out if you’re exempt from any testing and quarantine requirements.

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 Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration.

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
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