After applying for a work permit
How your application is processed
After the visa office receives your application it will be reviewed to make sure it is complete. An incomplete application will be returned to you unprocessed.
If your application is complete, the following may be requested:
- Medical examination
A visa officer will determine whether a medical examination is required. If a medical examination is required, you will be sent a personalized form and instructions.
- Police certificate
You may be asked to provide a police certificate for yourself and any family member 18 years of age or over who will come to Canada with you. The visa office will let you know if this is required.
If a visa officer decides that an interview is necessary, you will be informed and given instructions. Most decisions are taken without an interview. All relevant information should therefore be included in writing with your initial application.
For more detailed information on processing times please see Average processing times
Change of address
If you move or change your address, email address, telephone number or any other contact information while your application is being processed, you must notify the visa office.
Return of documents
After the visa officer has assessed your application, your passport and other original documents where a copy has been provided will be returned to you. If you sent fraudulent documents, they will not be returned. Please note that original bank statement are not returned.
If your application is approved
If your application is approved, you will receive the following:
- A letter from the visa office will be sent to you confirming your authorization to work in Canada. This letter is not your work permit. Take the letter with you to show to the immigration officials at the point of entry when you arrive in Canada. If you are a citizen of a country where a visa is not required to enter Canada, the letter of authorization may be sent to you by email rather than by mail.
- If you are a citizen of a country that requires a temporary resident visa to enter Canada, the visa will be in your passport. For information on expiry dates, duration of stay, etc, please refer to After receiving a visa
When you arrive in Canada:
- Show your letter of authorization to the immigration officer at the port of entry. You must also show your passport and any travel documents you are carrying (such as airline tickets).
- The immigration officer will then give you a work permit that sets out the conditions of your stay and work in Canada. These may include your job title, your employer and the length of time you can work in Canada.
If your application is refused
If your application is refused, the visa office will send you a letter explaining why your application has been refused.
For general information on visa refusals, please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.