A work permit is a written authorization to work in Canada issued to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for a specified job and length of time.
In all cases, if you want to work temporarily in Canada, you must meet the general requirements for entering Canada.
Before applying for a work permit, verify the following:
Although it is possible in certain cases to apply for a work permit at the port of entry as you enter Canada, you are encouraged to apply to a visa office outside of Canada.
|You must apply for a work permit outside of Canada if:||You may apply for a work permit at a port of entry if:|
you or your accompanying dependents need a temporary resident visa, or
you or your accompanying dependents require a medical examination, or
you are participating in International Experience Canada, or
you will be working as a live-in caregiver, or you will be working as a seasonal agricultural worker, or
you or your accompanying dependents have been convicted of a criminal offence.
your job does not need a labour market opinion from Human Resources and Development Canada (HRSDC) or you hold a positive labour market opinion from HRSDC,
If you will be applying at the port of entry, you should bring the following to show to the port of entry officer: