The following checklist will help ensure you have all of the required documents for entry into Canada. Upon arrival in Canada, you must present these to a Border Services Officer at the airport before you can be granted your official Canadian work permit:
** Applicable for certain countries only in order to qualify for an open work permit that does not include employment restrictions. Check with your Embassy before traveling to see if this requirement applies to you.
Note: All participants seeking work in the following fields require medical clearance before arriving in Canada: child-care, health services, in-home care services, and primary or secondary school education.
Once you receive your Canadian Work Permit, check that the following form fields have been completed accurately by a Border Services Officer (BSO) before claiming your baggage and exiting the airport.
For Open Work Permits:
For Employer-Specific Work Permits:
Holding either type of work permit does NOT entitle you to enroll in a Canadian university or college program; to do this you require a study permit. You may, however, take short-term non-credit special interest courses, provided they are less than six months in duration. If you have been granted an open work permit you may apply for a study permit while you are in Canada, however you may not hold a work permit and a study permit at the same time.
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