Canada is indeed a rewarding country to live and work. According to Statistics Canada, more than 200,000 immigrants apply to Immigration and Citizenship on a yearly basis to visit Canada with a view to exploring the numerous job opportunities in the country.
To take up a job in Canada as a foreigner, you need a work permit visa which would be issued by the Immigration Citizenship. A work permit is a document which signifies that you have been authorized by the Canadian government to visit the country and take up a job.
In this article, we will take you through the step by step process of obtaining a Canadian work permit. So, if you recently got a job in Canada and you want to know the process of applying for a work permit, this article is for you.
Without further ado, let’s get started:
Step 1: Determine Whether You’re Eligible For A Work Permit Or Not
Before you kick-start the process of applying for a Canadian work permit, you need to determine whether you are actually eligible for the document or not.
There are some conditions which the Canadian government has stipulated for foreigners intending to work in the country to meet.
The following are the conditions:
- Possession of all the required documents
- Proof to show that once your work permit expires, you’ll return back to your country.
- Proof of no criminal record issued by the Police
- Proof to show that your employer is law abiding.
- Health and fitness certificate
- Your bank statements (3 previous months) showing you have money to cater to your needs in Canada
Step 2: Get All The Required Documents Handy
Once you determine your eligibility status and you’re qualified, the next stage is to get all the required documents handy. In Canada, there are two types of work permit – Open work permit and Employer-specific work permit. The two types of work permit require different documents.
Let’s briefly take you through what the two types of work permit entail:
1). Open Work permit
An open work permit is a type of permit which authorizes you to do any type of job in Canada. Simply put; applying for this type of work permit means you won’t be restricted to any particular type of job. To be eligible for an open work permit, you must:
- Have applied for a permanent residence
- Have a family member who’s already a Canadian permanent resident.
- Have obtained a temporary resident permit
2). Employer-Specific Work Permit
This type of work permit authorizes you to work on some specific job areas. To be eligible for an Employer-specific work permit, you must have the following documents:
- Your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment
- Employment contract
- Temporary resident visa
- Two passport size photographs. Please ensure the passport photographs meet the requirements for work permit application. You can visit the Temporary Resident Visa application photograph specifications page to understand what the requirements are.
- Other documents like your academic and marriage certificates (if any).
Step 3: Download, Print, And Fill The Application Forms
Regardless of the work permit you are applying for, the application process is the same.
For Nigerians or Africans in general, the application process is done on paper. This means you have to download, fill, and print the application forms for submission.
The forms to download and fill are:
- Work permit application form made outside of Canada
- Family information form
- Use of a representative form (in the event that you want to use a representative)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union Form
- Document Checklist
- Authority to release personal information to designated individual form
You need to be meticulous while filling these forms. You can visit the applying for a work permit outside Canada page for guide.
Step 4: Pay The Required Application Fees
After filling out the application forms, the next step is to pay all the required fees. The following are the fees you would pay:
- Application Fee: Currently, the application fee is CAD$155
- Open work permit holder fee: If you are applying for an open work permit, you are expected to pay CAD $100
- Biometric fee: If you are within 14 to 79 years, you would do a biometric during the registration process. The biometric fee is CAD $85
For more information on the required fees payments, you can check here.
Step 5: Application Submission
After you have paid all the required fees at the Canadian Visa Application Center in your country, ensure you collect receipts for the payment. Proceed to the application unit to submit your application and the required documents for vetting by immigration officers. An interview might be scheduled depending on the discretion of the Immigration officer. The date and time of the interview would be communicated to you.
Whether your application succeeds or not, you would be contacted through a letter conveying the Consulate’s approval or rejection of your application.
And that’s it! Congratulations in advance as you proceed to kick-start the process of applying for your Canadian work permit.