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Work Permit in Canada

A work permit is a temporary status in Canada allowing the permit holder to work in Canada. 


An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions.

An employer-specific work permit allows you to work only with a specific employer for an assigned period and at a particular location. 


To get a work permit, the applicant must comply with certain conditions, which are different in each case. For example, one of the conditions for the work permit for the student's spouse is the specific type of program that this student attends. 

Labour Market Impact Assessment 

Often an employer needs the approval of Employment and Social Skills Development Canada (ESDC) to hire a foreign worker. This approval is also required for a foreign worker to get a work permit. The approval process is called Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). 


During the LMIA process, the government verifies that foreign workers will not negatively affect the Canadian workforce. The process includes several steps, such as an advertisement for the vacant position and then submitting the LMIA application that consists of all necessary documents for assessment. We assist our employer clients with the LMIA application for their foreign workers and guide them through this complicated process until the government makes the final decision. 


Once a positive LMIA is issued, a potential worker's application must also be considered. However, this time Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada needs to assess it. A qualified professional should also prepare this application to fulfil all the requirements. If the LMIA is positive, a foreign worker can fill the vacant job position. This assessment will also indicate that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident meets the job requirements. 


Call us now at (905) 370-0484 or complete the “Contact Us” form, and our legal team will contact you.  

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