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How To Migrate To Canada As A Temporary Foreign Worker

You must get a work permit in order to enter Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker. Work permits are of different kinds. If you are not a Canadian national or a permanent resident, you will need a work permit to enable you to work legally in Canada.

Where To Apply For Work Permit As A Temporary Foreign Worker

In general, you need to apply for a work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or a Canadian visa office before you come to Canada. Before you apply for these work permits:

  • First, you need to get a job offer from a Canadian employer before you apply.
  • The employer must apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before offering you a job.
  • It is the ESDC decision whether the employer can hire a foreign worker to fill the job.

Those already in Canada may be eligible to apply for a special type of work permit.

Work Permits are Temporary

Work permit does not give you access to immigrate to Canada. See if you are eligible to apply as a skilled worker if you want to come to Canada as a permanent resident based on your work skills and experience.

Can I become a permanent resident?

Temporary foreign workers can apply for permanent residence under these programs:

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • Live-In Caregiver Program

You must meet eligibility requirements before you can apply for these programs.

You may also choose to apply as a skilled worker, but there is no special category within the skilled worker class for temporary foreign workers.

You can also see full details about the Labour Market Impact Assessment.