How to Get a Work Visa in Canada

Are you considering visiting Canada temporarily under a work visa? Then, this post is perfectly ideal for you.

The information contained here is for:

  • The visa is available Canadian Work visas available for international workers
  • Work visas for temporary periods in Canada
  • Things to consider before paying for anyone’s Canadian working visa for a temporary period.
  • The cost of a working permit in Canada

Are there temporary work visas for those who want to visit Canada and work for a certain period? YES!

Canada is home to more than 100 different immigration programs; however, as with other well-known Canadian visas (study, Express Entry, etc.), there are specific conditions to meet for an employment visa.

The different types of ‘temporary work visas’ you could be eligible for when you are in Canada as a non-native foreigner include:

  • Open work permits
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Post Graduation Work Permit
  • Work permit for co-op
  • International Experience Canada Program

The work visa categories include sub-categories as well as specific requirements for application. In addition, general requirements must be fulfilled for each category. This article will give you hyperlinks to the Government of Canada website, where you will find more information.

As I’ve said many times, there are three (3) criteria to check in order to decide to migrate to Canada: Interest, Eligibility as well as Financial Ability. So, before making a decision on any of the categories of work visas, it is important to verify which one you’re qualified for and also have the financial capability to take on.

– Open Work Permits

It is open and doesn’t need a job offer from Canada prior to applying.

However, only limited types of applicants are eligible for a work permit to be open to all in Canada. You could be eligible if;

  • A spouse of an individual who is a temporary resident (i.e., an international worker or student). Information can be found here.
  • Also known as A Bridging open work permit, if you’ve applied for permanent residence in Canada when you are on an employment permit and are awaiting an answer to your P.R. application when your access to work is set to expire. Details here

The two groups above are the only people eligible to apply for the open permit to work in Canada.

– Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

It is the most sought-after work visa that is available in Canada. It permits Canadian employers to employ foreign nationals to fill temporary labor and skills shortages when Canadian citizens or residents aren’t suitable for the position.

The purpose for TFWP is that primary goal of TFWP is to address skill shortages. However, it also has various sub-categories. Details are available in this article.

The most essential prerequisite for the TFWP is that you have first to get an employment offer. In addition, employers must also get”the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The first step to getting a job offer to work in Canada to qualify for a work visa is the biggest challenge for many applicants. Before seeking a visa for work, the employer that provided the job offer must be able to take care of the LMIA. It is the responsibility that the business to obtain this LMIA and then pay for it on its own. It is also impossible to make an offer to an employer that will allow you to work in Canada, violating the law.

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) will demonstrate the need for a foreign worker outside of Canada to fill the position. It will reveal that every Canadian worker is only available for the work after the post has been advertised for a certain period. More details can be found here.

If you and your employer are able to overcome the hurdle, the employer who is looking to employ you as an employee in a temporary capacity will be required to pay a processing fee of $1000 CAD for your LMIA request, as well as an additional “privilege fee” of $100 USD. Once you have received the LMIA that you have, you can apply for an employment visa.

It is vital to know that it’s the company that has to pay $1,100 to receive the LMIA. Employers are also not able to demand a fee from the applicant to accept an offer of employment. This is not legal. Therefore, if anyone tells you to provide money to get a job or LMIA in Canada, I am able to tell you that it’s absolutely a fraud.

A lot of people who are granted a work visa via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are in highly skilled professions (such as healthcare, technology, and agriculture, for example) or jobs that are subject to the highest levels of labor demand in Canada.

Make sure you are looking carefully before you jump!

The most popular sub-categories of visas that fall under the Temporary Worker Program for Foreign Worker Program are:

  • Home caregivers in-home – More details here
  • The Global Talent Stream (for Technology Workers) More details here
  • Foreign Agricultural Worker: Details here
  • Academic Worker Category – More details here

Click on the links above to learn more about the programs’ sub-programs.

– Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

The PGWP permits international students that have completed studies in a specialized education establishment in Canada to remain in Canada and work full-time following their studies. This is only available to those who studied in Canada.

The length of their work permit is contingent on the duration of their study. More information is available here.

Please note that only some programs/institutions are eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit in Canada. Make sure you do your homework and confirm the university or program you’re applying to if there are plans to apply for PGWP.

You can check eligible programs/institutions here

Co-op work permit

You will be eligible for this as an international student in Canada if a full-time work experience/internship is part of your study curriculum. This is distinct from the part-time work you can perform with an academic permit.

Work permits for co-op allow students to work while completing their studies in Canada. More information is available here.

– International Experience Canada Program

The program allows citizens from specific nations (mostly European Countries) to apply for a work visa to Canada. The requirements for the program and a list of countries that are eligible are found on this page.

Where and how to find job openings within Canada.

If you’re considering getting a work visa to Canada, The first step is to begin looking for an offer of employment.

  • You can search for job openings on your own or with licensed recruiters from Canada. Most of the authentic licensed recruiters reside in Canada and will not require to be paid for an offer to work with them. Offering a job for payment is illegal in Canada.
  • Additionally, look for employers who are prepared to hire international workers and also process LMIA as well as do thorough due diligence. An honest employer will not ask the applicant to cover LMIA as it is the job of the employer, and they will pay it to Employment and Social Development Canada directly.
  • Employers should not charge you for an employment offer. They shouldn’t ever request that you pay for the LMIA in violation of laws.
  • A selection of resources and websites that will assist you in finding job opportunities in Canada are listed here.
  • If someone claims they’ll grant you a free work visa within three months, including no-cost accommodation, a free flight, and many other promises, take a look at the processing times currently for work visas as well so that you can manage your expectations. Check the processing time here.


Particularly specifically, in particular, Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is the name that many fraudulent agents are advertising in countries outside Canada. They make false promises and demand people to make payments for work permits, LMIA, and many other things. Additionally, they make promises of complimentary accommodation, free flights, or pay a deposit, and the rest upon arrival in Canada. These are all the work by S.O.J.s (fake immigration agents), and this is the place where many people fall victim to scams or are taken advantage of when they reach Canada.

The fraud became so extensive that the government was forced to make changes and revise the specifications in the TFWP. Learn more about the scam on this page. There is also helpful information about how to live and work with the government of Canada through this Government of Canada website here.

If anyone promises to give you temporary work permits in Canada and you don’t fall into one of the categories above, make sure you ask them nicely and conduct your research before you hand over money. Money.

This will be helpful to someone else. Cheers!


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