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Application For A Work Permit – Checklist

Complete and place this checklist on top of your application.

Consult our website for forms and instructions, including a list of countries whose nationals require a temporary resident visa: Philippines.

Any document not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Failure to submit all required documentation may result in the refusal of your application or processing delays.

False statements or submission of fraudulent documents will result in immediate refusal.

All documents submitted in support of your application must be original.

After submission of all required documents you may be required to attend an interview

A medical exam will be required for work exceeding 6 months and certain other instances.

Do not undergo a medical exam until advised by this office.

Any preparations you make or expenses you incur are done entirely at your own risk.

Do not finalise travel plans unless you have received your visa from the Embassy of Canada to the Philippines.

Number of people travelling to Canada (principal applicant + accompanying family members):

In addition to a work permit, are you submitting applications for the following?

Spouse/common law partnerOpen work permit - complete an application for a work permit 
Temporary resident visa (if not applying for an open work permit) - no separate application form is required 
Minor ChildrenOpen study permit - for accompanying children aged 6-18 years old - no separate application form is required 
Temporary resident visa (if a study permit is not re quired) - no separate application form is required 
Dependent over 18Study permit for accompanying dependents aged 18-22– complete an application for a study permit which must include a letter of acceptance from a college or university in Canada 
Temporary resident visa (if a study permit is not required) – complete an application for a temporary resident visa 

You must submit the following items:

  • A separate form should be completed by your spouse or common-law partner if accompanying, as well as any accompanying children 18 years of age and older.
  • Each passport should have a minimum of two blank visa pages and minimum 6 months validity from your intended date of entry.
  • Note that a work permit and the accompanying visa cannot be issued beyond the validity of your passport. Therefore if your passport is expiring before the end of your work period, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying.
  • Attach old passports showing previous travel.
    ï‚Ÿ If the laminate on the biopage is disturbed around the photo, a new passport is required. In order to save valuable time, please obtain a new passport prior to submitting your application.
  • Children must have their own passport.
  • A written explanation from the NBI regarding this remark;
  • All court documents to the criminal charges. (** Please provide complete copies of the decision or the resolution of the case. Note that certifications from the clerks of court are not acceptable); and
  • Your own explanation of the incident leading to the charges.

If applicable, you must also submit:


Please be aware that workers destined to Canada under the “Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training (NOC C and D)” are prohibited from paying a recruitment fee, a placement fee or for their transportation costs to Canada. Such payments are solely the responsibility of the employer. Payment of these fees by employees contravenes conditions outlined on the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) rendering it invalid. This may lead to refusal of the application for a Work Permit.
Payment of recruitment fees and placement fees by employees are also illegal according to some provincial laws in Canada, such as the Alberta Fair Trading Act and the British Columbia Employment Standards Act.

If you have paid a fee to a recruiter located in the Philippines or in Canada, it is your responsibility to inform your Canadian employer. You and your employer must ensure the conditions of the Labour Market Opinion and all provincial laws have been respected.


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