Work visa application process in Canada

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In Canada, all workers’ rights are legally protected, including the right to information, adequate remuneration, compliance with labor standards and hiring according to the laws of the province or place of work, as well as health insurance to cover emergencies. It is also a country with a very low unemployment rate, which makes it an attractive destination for those looking to emigrate and work.

The application for a work visa depends on the work permit you intend to obtain, as there are two types of work permits in Canada:

  1. Open work permit: no is linked to a specific employer and not to a specific location. Only the spouse or common-law partner of a Temporary Foreign Worker, a skilled worker or international student, an international student graduating from a Canadian educational institution and eligible for a Post-graduate Work Permit may obtain this type of permit. Permit“You must be a student and unable to pay for school, have been chosen to activate the Working Holiday Visa, have applied for permanent residency in Canada and be a relative of someone who has applied for permanent residency. The processing fee is 255 Canadian dollars.
  2. Specific work permit: allows only work as stated in the work permit that indicates the name of the employer, the time for which work may be performed and the place of work. The processing fee is 155 Canadian dollars. In this case, employers must obtain a positive or neutral labor market test that there are no Canadian citizens or permanent residents available to do the job. Once this test is granted, the employer must provide a copy of the approval letter along with the detailed job offer letter to the foreign worker so that the foreign worker can go to the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to apply for the work permit.

It is important to note that depending on the worker’s country of origin, a temporary resident visa may be required, which must be requested at the same time the work permit is applied for. It should also be borne in mind that once the work visa is received, the foreign worker will only is only allowed to work for the employer and in the position specified in the visa. In case you wish to change employer or position, a new application must be made.

The general requirements for all applications are:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Valid passport.
  • Have health insurance insurance with accident and repatriation management..
  • To have the economic solvency to cover the arrival to the country.
  • Provide biometric data.
  • Curriculum at English and under Canadian standards.
  • Validation of certifications.
  • Certificate of criminal record.
  • Filling out application forms.
  • Payment of taxes and fees corresponding to the processing of the visa.
  • Have an intermediate level of English.

Permits are usually valid for 1 to 2 years. Generally, these do not exceed the length of validity of the applicant’s passport or the validity indicated in the applicant’s Labor Market Impact Assessment.