Temporary Work Visa

Temporary Work Visa

Under the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Act (IRPA), permanent resident and foreign nationals could be held inadmissible to Canada on grounds of serious criminality if:

  • A foreign national, in order to obtain a temporary work permit must
    meet the following general eligibility requirements:

    • Intention to leave: You need to satisfy the officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires
    • Sufficient funds:you need to demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to arrange to return home
    • Background: you need to have a clear criminal record to in order to become eligible and your presence will not be a security risk in Canada
    • Medical Exam: you need to be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed
    • Employer:
      • You must not plan to work with an employer whose status is listed as “ineligible”, who failed to comply with the conditions.
      • You must not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
    • Document: you need to provide the officer with other documents to prove you can enter 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 memberof someone who applied for permanent residence


  • If you are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student
  • If you are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

     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 Labor 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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