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Work Permit For Performing Artist In Canada

In the past, we have successfully rendered our assistance to musicians, athletes, and other performing artists to apply for and obtain Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and work permits. See below for more information on to apply for Work Permit For Performing Artist In Canada

Artists, musicians, entertainers, lecturers, and other performers and persons of special talent who wish to come to Canada to perform needs work permit to achieve their aim. A temporary work permit is known as a non-immigrant status which may be granted for a certain period of time up to three years.

For a performing artist to qualify for work permit, the applicant must establish that he or she is an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Thus, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that he or she is recognized in the field in which he or she claims to have special talent or extraordinary ability.

This (performing artist category) also allows aliens who will accompany or assist the alien artist in his or her performance. Such aliens may also use work permit visa to enter Canada. To successfully obtain temporary worker status, it must be established that the alien is an integral part of the actual performance and has “critical skills set and experience” with the alien performing artist which a Canadian worker cannot fill.

An agent or an employer in Canada is in the best position to fill the petition for a Temporary Resident Visa and/or work permit. The alien performer may not personally file the petition for the work permit. In some cases, the applicant will be required to provide a letter of recommendation LMO (labour market opinion) from the Human Resource and Skills Development of Canada.

The list below outlines which types of activities according to CIC/HRSDC meet the requirements of IRPA (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act), and which types of activities will require an LMO and work permits

Entry without a work permit

  • Foreign-based musicians, theatrical individuals, groups and their essential crew, working outside bars and restaurants;
  • Street performers (buskers), outside bar DJs, restaurant or similar establishment;
  • A foreign or traveling circus;
  • Guest artists (not employed) within a Canadian performance group for a limited-time  engagement;
  • Wrestlers (WWE) and similar groups;
  • Private event artist, such as a wedding;
  • Visual artists coming to create or display their own work and talent

The following persons will be granted entry as visitors

  • Visitors on business
  • Film producers;
  • Film and recording studio users;
  • Guest speakers:
  • Commentators on Canadian TV and radio broadcasts.

You can also see how to apply for Canadian Temporary Resident Visa