Any foreign national who wants to work in Canada need to obtain a work permit, except in some cases. In order to check if you need work permit to work in Canada
There are 4 types of work permits: Open work permits, Employer-specific work permits, International Experience Canada program and Global.
1. Open work permit
A foreign national may be eligible for an Open Work Permit in the following situation:
Post Graduate Work Permit: If you are currently in Canada and have a valid study or work permit, or your spouse or parents have a study or work permit,
Destitute Student: if you are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)
Permanent residency in-process: if you have applied for permanent residence in Canada
Dependent under Family class: If you are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence
Refugee: If you are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member
Removal order: If you are under an unenforceable removal order
TRV: If you are a temporary resident permit holder
Special programs: If you are a young worker participating in special program
Note: In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.
2. Employer-specific Work Permit
A foreign national may be eligible for an employer-specific work permit; it allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:
1.The name of the employer you can work for
2.How long you can work
3.The location where you can work (if applicable)
Employers also need to meet basic requirements to hire you. They need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a document given by the Government of Canada that gives Canadian employers permission to hire foreign workers, to hire a foreign worker.
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