Work permit: About the process

Fees

From $155

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You may need to give biometrics with your application. This processing time doesn’t include the time you need to give biometrics.

About the process

Most foreign nationals need a work permit to work in Canada. If you’re not sure, you can find out if you need a work permit.

Get the right work permit for your situation

There are 2 types of work permits.

Employer-specific work permit

An employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit, such as:

  • the name of the specific employer you can work for
  • how long you can work
  • the location where you can work (if applicable)

Before you submit your application for an employer-specific work permit, the employer who wants to hire you must complete certain steps and give you either a copy of a Labour Market Impact Assessment or an offer of employment number to include in your application.

Open work permit

An open work permit lets you work for any employer in Canada, except for one that:

You can only get an open work permit in specific situations.

Not sure which one you should get? Find out what type of work permit you need for your situation.

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