Temporary Work Permit
Post Graduation Work Visa
Live-In Caregiver Work Visa
International Experience Canada Visa
Off-Campus Work Visa
Low-Skill Pilot Project Visa
Information Technology (IT) Workers Visa
Religious or Charitable Work Visa
Partner of Work/ Study Permit Holder Visa
International Free Trade Agreement Visa
Temporary Work Permit
Canada Work Permit Visa is a temporary visa that allows foreign nationals to live and work in Canada. It is not a points-assessed category and the foreign national does not have to meet any point’s threshold in order to qualify.
Obtaining a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa to Canada is a two step process
- The employer has to obtain a letter of confirmation from HRSDC/ Service Canada
- The employee must apply for Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa to Canada consulate
The basic requirement is to have an employment offer from a Canadian employer, who should demonstrate that they are unable to find suitable Canadians/permanent residents to fill the jobs and that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. The employer has to obtain a letter of confirmation (LOM) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) unless exempted. Exemptions exist that allow the applicant to apply directly to CIC for Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa without having to obtain letter of confirmation.
Additionally, applicants will also require temporary resident visa to stay in Canada at an overseas Canadian visa office. Work visa holders will be allowed to come and work in Canada for the sponsored employer in the specified role for a period between 6 months to 2 years. They can bring their dependents along with them. Accompanying partners and children may also be eligible to work and study
The work visa will not open a way for permanent stay in Canada instead the applicant has to qualify under an immigration category, such as the skilled worker. Live-in caregivers can stay in Canada permanently if they meet certain requirements.
Applying from outside Canada
To be eligible to obtain a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa a foreign national must have a job offer from the Canadian employer. Foreign workers must generally obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada, unless the work category is exempt from the LMO process. The Labour Market Opinion confirms that the Canadian employer is authorized to employ a foreign worker.
Additionally the following requirements should also be met:
- The applicants should demonstrate that they intend to leave Canada at the end of the employment period.
- The applicants should demonstrate that they have enough financial funds to support themselves well as their dependents
- The applicants should not have any criminal records
- The applicants have to prove that they are not a risk to the security of Canada
- The applicants should meet the health requirements.
- The applicants should be in a position to submit any additional documents required.
Applying from inside Canada
To apply for a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa from within Canada, the applicant needs to:
- have a valid study or Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa, or their spouse or parents have a study or Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa
- have a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa for one job but are applying for a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa for a different job
- have a temporary resident permit that is valid for six months or more or
- Prove his/her residence status in Canada because of an application for permanent residence filed from inside Canada. To be eligible to apply for a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa, the main application should have passed certain stages
In addition to the above, the applicant should have an offer from a Canadian employer and obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO), unless exempt. The applicants should also prove their financial capability to support themselves and their family, meet health requirements and criminal checks.
Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa Exemptions
Some temporary jobs in Canada do not need Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa but require a temporary resident visa. Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa is not required for the following categories:
- Business visitors, Foreign representatives, Staff and Family members of Foreign Representatives, Military personnel, Foreign government officers, Students working on Campus, Performing artists, Foreign teams, athletes and coaches, Foreign news reporter, Public speakers, Organizer, Clergy, Health-care students, Foreign members of crews
Apart from the above, the foreign nationals who are Emergency service providers, Expert witnesses or investigators, Examiners and evaluators, Judges and referees, Convention organizers, Athletes and coaches are permitted to work in Canada without holding a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa.
Benefits of the Visa
The features of this visa are it allows the applicants as well as their immediate family members to enter Canada and work there temporarily. This is not a points-based category and the applicant does not have to satisfy the eligibility criteria to work in Canada.
Dependents are permitted to accompany the applicant as long as they apply along with the applicant or else they have to lodge a separate application .Dependents include spouse, common law partner, and children. Dependents are allowed to work in Canada provided they apply and hold a valid Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa
Applicants from a country whose nationals need a Temporary Resident Visa, or TRV, usually known as a visitor visa, would also be required to apply for a visa application.
Certain categories of professionals may not require a Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visa and have their own eligibility requirements and, or they may have Canada Work Permit, Canada Work Visas approved in a shorter time.
The industry sectors to which a special criteria is applied to hire a foreign worker include
- Information Technology
- Business People
- Seasonal Agriculture
- Film and Entertainment
- Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training
Contact us and know more about the eligibility requirements and conditions of these categories!
Post Graduate Work Permit
Canada Post Graduate Work Permit is for International students who have graduated from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution. Such students can gain Canadian work experience related to their field of studies, through Canada's Post-Graduation Employment visa.
International students who have graduated from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution can gain Canadian work experience related to their field of studies, through Canada's Post-Graduation Employment visa.
The Canada Post Graduate work permit is valid for the length of the student’s study program. Once granted, there are no restrictions on the type of employment the international students can take up and neither is a job offer needed. The applicant has to apply for Social Insurance Number (SIN) as soon as he/she receives a work permit. This number will enable the applicant to make any government deductions and file for Canadian income tax.
Students can gain Canadian experience and may also be eligible for the new Canadian Experience program for permanent residence. The applicant should have at least one year experience in managerial, professional or technical positions at level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification system in order to apply for permanent residence in Canada through Canadian Experience Class.
To be eligible for the post-graduation work permit, the student:
- Should have completed a full time study in Canada for at least eight months
- Should have graduated from any of the following:
a) A public post-secondary institution, such as a college, university or CEGEP (in Quebec), or
b) A private institution that the follows rules and regulations as of public institution and are partly financed (up to 50 %) by the government.
c) A Canadian private institution authorized by provincial or territorial statute to confer degrees
- Should have applied for work permit within 90 days of receiving a confirmation from the institution that, he/she has met with the requirements for completing the academic program
- Should have completed and passed a program of study and must be qualified to obtain their degree/diploma.
- Hold a valid study permit prior to applying for a Canada Post Graduate Work Permit
International Students are not eligible to apply for the post-graduation Canada Post Graduate Work Permit if
- The applicant studies in a program that is less than a period of 8 months
- The applicant participates in Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program or Government of Canada Awards Program sponsored by Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
- The applicant receives money from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- The applicant participates in any of the following:
a) Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile
b) Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program
c) Organization of American States Fellowships Program
d) A distance learning program either from abroad or from within Canada
- The applicant has been previously issued a Post-Graduation Canada Post Graduate Work Permit following any other program of study
Features of the Post Graduate Canada Post Graduate Work Permit
- International students can gain valuable Canadian experience.
- There will be no restrictions on the type of employment undertaken.
- There will be no need to have a job offer before a Canada Post Graduate Work Permit is granted.
- The applicant will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship through Canadian Experience Class program.
The applicant will be allowed to work for a period equal to full length of their study. The applicant will be eligible to apply for Canada Post Graduate Work Permit if he/she has studied in a program that is more than eight months long. If the applicant studied in a program less than 2 years but more than 8 months then the applicant will be granted a Canada Post Graduate Work Permit for a full length of their study. If the applicant studied for 2 years or more than he /she will be granted a Canada Post Graduate Work Permit for a maximum period of three years.
Our services include
- Advising you on the best strategy to use to get your visa
- Advising you on how to present your case so the chances of a personal interview in minimized
- Advising you on finances to be shown
- Advising you on documents to be presented
- Filling of forms
- Review of all your documentation
- Booking your visa interview date (if required)
- Interview preparation
Live-In Caregiver Work Visa
The Live-in Caregiver Program was set up to enable professional caregivers to work in Canada. A live-in caregiver resides in the employer’s home and is qualified to work without supervision in a private household providing care for children, elderly persons or people who have disabilities.
In order to qualify under the Live-in Caregiver Program candidates must meet a number of requirements:
- You must have successfully completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school education. This requirement will help to ensure that if you apply for permanent residence after two years as a live-in caregiver, you will be able to succeed in the general labor market. Studies indicate that the majority of new jobs in Canada require at least a high school education.
- You must have six months of full-time training in a classroom setting or twelve months of full-time paid employment, including at least six months of continuous employment with one employer in a field or occupation related to the job you are seeking as a live-in caregiver. You may have gained your training or experience in areas such as early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid. You may also have completed your training as part of your formal education. This experience must have been obtained within the three years immediately prior to the day on which you submit an application for a work permit.
- You must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French at a level that allows you to function independently in a home setting. For example, you must be able to contact emergency services if required and to understand labels on medication. You will be unsupervised for most of the day and may be required to communicate with someone outside the home. A good knowledge of English or French will also enable you to read and understand your rights and obligations.
- You must an Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from a future employer
- You must have a written employment contract between you and your future employer. The contract defines your job duties, hours of work, salary and benefits. The contract also reinforces your employer's legal responsibilities to you. This requirement helps provide a fair working arrangement between the caregiver and the employer and provides both parties with a clear understanding of what is expected of them.
Six Months Nanny Training Overseas
Prowest Immigration Services is running six months nanny courses in different parts of the world. Please call our office to find out suitable location for your relative interested in this program.
International Experience Canada (IEC) Visa
Canada's International Exchange Program visa allows eligible foreign students and young workers from designated countries to work and live in Canada temporarily in order to learn new skills and gain valuable exposure to the Canadian culture. The programs vary from country to country and are managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Many of these programs offer a first-come first-served processing rule, while some programs have a limited number of spaces each year. Each program maintains its own requirements, application quotas, submission deadlines and upper age limits, and applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Last year, over 50,000 applicants used these programs to come to work and live in Canada.
There may also be conditions attached to the visa which may limit the type of work and the employer for whom the applicant may work. Once granted, the visa holder can vacation and travel in Canada, explore the diverse country, and engage in temporary work to supplement their travel expenses.
In order to qualify for a Working Holiday visa, applicants must depending on the program.
- Be a citizen of an eligible country such as; Austria, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and USA.
- Hold a valid passport from a country which has a reciprocal arrangement with Canada;
- Be aged between 18-35 years of age at the time of the application(depending on the relevant program);
- Be a full-time student in some cases, possess no criminal convictions or serious medical conditions; and
- Have private health insurance and sufficient funds for their intended stay; and
- Additional conditions as applicable to each program.
Off-Campus Work Permit
In a continued effort to retain the best and brightest foreign workers in Canada, the Off-Campus Work visa was created to allow full-time students enrolled in designated public post-secondary institutions to work part-time off-campus under an authorized work permit. This temporary work permit for foreign students in Canada now allows students to take advantage of the many varied employment opportunities without the requirement of a specific job offer or having a set of required credentials or experience.
Once granted, students will be eligible to work up to 20 hours a week off-campus for any employer in any occupation. In addition, they will be eligible to work full-time during school breaks and holidays. In addition, this visa may assist applicants in obtaining permanent residence while in Canada.
Foreign students may take advantage of this temporary work permit if they satisfy the following requirements:
- Possess a valid study permit and continue to fulfill the terms and conditions of the study permit and work permit, once issued;
- Have studied full-time and maintained satisfactory academic standing in a specific program of study at a participating institution for at least six out of the twelve months preceding the application to work off campus;
- Continue to remain registered as a full-time student in a program of study other than English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL); and
- Continue to fulfill the terms and conditions of the study permit and work permit, if applicable.
Low-Skill Pilot Project
The Low-Skill Pilot Project visa is an ideal option for workers seeking to work temporarily in occupations that usually require at most a high school diploma or a maximum of 2 years of job-specific training. This exciting and versatile program seeks to fill immediate labour shortages where there is demonstrable shortage of Canadians available for occupations requiring lower levels of formal training.
Once granted, the Low-Skill Pilot Project allows the temporary entry of foreign workers into Canada to work in lower-skilled occupations deemed in demand for the duration specified on the work permit, gain Canadian work experience and obtain a renewal for a stay of up to 2 years in Canada.
In Canada, lower-skilled occupations are defined as occupations that usually require at most a high school diploma or a maximum of 2 years of job-specific training. Certain advertising and recruitment efforts must be satisfied. Applicants must meet the requirements for temporary residence as well as the requirements for issuance of the work permit including the required education, experience and licensing required by the offer of employment.
Information Technology Workers Visa
The dynamic Information Technology (IT) Workers visa allows the processing of visa applications for skilled professionals in the software industry seeking to gain valuable Canadian work experience on a temporary basis. The Information Technology Work visa allows applicants with the required education and experience in the specified products or technologies applying for specific jobs to apply under this versatile program.
Applicants must be able to communicate in English or French, and provide evidence of sufficient experience in the specified IT industries and specified products or technologies. Once approved, applicants will be allowed to be issued a work permit. Applicants are also eligible for work permit renewals.
In order to apply for the Information Technology Workers visa, applicants must provide confirmation of possessing the required education and experience in the specified products or technologies required for the occupation. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in working in an English and/or French work environment.
Religious Or Charitable Work Visa
The Religious or Charitable Work visa is a well-suited option for applicants seeking to carry out duties for a Canadian religious or charitable organization. The Religious or Charitable Work visa allows applicants to work and live in Canada, and gain valuable Canadian work experience while receiving temporary admission to Canada. These work visa holders must have the required experience, credentials and skills necessary for the position they intend to hold.
Once granted, the Religious or Charitable Work visa program allows the entry of foreign workers to Canada on a temporary basis to carry out duties for religious or charitable organizations. Working on a Religious or Charitable Work visa may allow applicants to gain eligibility for permanent residence.
Applicants for this visa must provide documentation supporting the legitimacy of the offer of employment, information about the Canadian employer and their ability to work with or minister to the specified group. They must also meet basic visa requirements such as health and character.
Requirements for work considered charitable or religious, include the following conditions:
- The applicant will receive a stipend for living expenses from the employer;
- The organization which is sponsoring the worker will not receive remuneration from any source for The services to be rendered by the foreign worker; and
- The work to be performed extends beyond normal work provided in the labour market.
Persons seeking to work as clergy and whose employment will consist of the preaching of doctrine, presiding at liturgical functions or providing spiritual counselling as an ordained minister, lay person or member of religious order may also apply for this visa.
Partner Of Work/Study Permit Holder / Spousal Work Visa
The Partner of Work/Study Permit Holder visa now allows accompanying partners and spouses to take advantage of the many exciting employment opportunities available to foreign workers without requiring a specific job offer or having a set of required credentials or experience. Once granted, work permit holders can take up any position with any employer for the duration of the validity of their work permit.
Applicants may be eligible for a work permit for the duration of validity for their partner's visa. No job offer is required to take advantage of this visa however certain conditions apply. Both the applicant and their partner seeking a work permit under the Partner of Work/Study Permit Holder visa must reside in Canada.
To obtain a visa as a Partner of a Work Permit Holder, the applicant's spouse/partner must be in Canada and possess a valid work permit in an eligible skilled or semi-skilled occupation for at least 6 months. These skills include management, professional, technical or trade occupations.
To obtain a visa as a Partner of a Study Permit Holder, the applicant's spouse/partner must be in Canada and possess a valid study permit and attend a full-time post-secondary institution, which is also a publicly-funded degree or diploma-granting institution.
There is no need for an offer of employment for the applicant seeking a Partner of Work/Study Permit Holder visa. The applicants will generally be issued open work permits which do not restrict the employer or position of employment.
International Free Trade Agreements Visa
As a signatory to many international agreements, Canada enjoys the unique mobility of workers who satisfy the conditions outlined in the various agreements and foster trade, exchange of skills, labour and encourage mobility through the American continent.
Suitable applicants are provided with expedited handling of their visas, generally without the requirement of assessment by Service Canada. Once granted a versatile International Agreements visa, foreign workers are given the opportunity to work and live in Canada for the duration specified on their work permit and may be admissible to apply for permanent residency during the term of their stay.
The four (4) main international free trade agreements used by applicants are outlined below.
With the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), citizens of Canada, the United States and Mexico can gain quicker and easier temporary entry into the three countries to conduct business or investment activities. Business people covered by NAFTA must, however, comply with the general provisions on temporary entry to Canada. NAFTA applies to business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees, and traders and investors.
With the General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS), Canada has committed to making it easier for certain business people who are Foreign Service providers in certain sectors to access the Canadian market. GATS applies to service providers from more than 140 World Trade Organization member countries. GATS also applies to business visitors, professionals and intra-company transferees.
The Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) has been modeled after NAFTA and makes it easier for Canadian and Chilean citizens to temporarily enter each of the two countries and applies to business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees, and traders and investors.
The Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) has been modeled after NAFTA and makes it easier for Canadian and Peruvian citizens to temporarily enter each of the two countries and applies to business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees, and technicians.