Canada is still accepting work permit applications from foreign workers. The country seems to be the headquarters of immigrants as it receives up to 200,000 foreigners on yearly basis. These immigrants are people of different professions who wish to work in different work sectors in Canada. The following categories of workers are currently allowed to get into Canada by land or air:
- Temporary workers who hold a valid work permit or who are approved for a work permit but have not yet been issued the work permit,
- IEC participants who have a valid job offer but have not yet activated their work permits, and
- IEC participants who have already activated their work permits and were outside the country temporarily (in this case, no valid job offer is required in order to re-enter).
What exactly is Canadian Work Permit?
A Canadian work permit means a working permission given to immigrants by the Government of Canada allowing them to legally take jobs within the country. Once you enter Canada, you are required to obtain a work permit from the Government to enable you work in the country.
Although, in some cases, you can work without a permit or job offer in Canada, but it is considered illegal as the law goes against such. It takes between 1-27 weeks to process a Canadian Work Permit and Visa.
Eligibility criteria for Canadian Work Permit and Visa
Generally, irrespective of where you are applying from, you must meet a set of requirements for your application to be considered. You must:
- prove that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home,
- not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions,
- be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed,
- not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages,
- not be a danger to Canada’s security,
- convince an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires,
- prove that you are law abiding and must obey the law of the land,
- have no record of criminal activity (police clearance certificate may be required to this effect), and
- give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.
Can You Turn a Work Visa into Permanent Residency?
Yes! You can turn your Canadian work visa into permanent residency in Canada. If you are currently working in Canada and you have applied for permanent residence, you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit if your work permit will expire in four months or less. This means you can keep working while a decision is being taken on your permanent resident application. To qualify, you must have applied under the
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- Federal Skilled Trades Program,
- Canadian Experience Class,
- Caring for Children Class.
- Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class, or
- Provincial Nominee Program,
You must also
- currently be in Canada,
- select “Open Work Permit” as the type of work permit when you complete your work permit application,
- have valid status on a work permit that is due to expire within four months, and
- pay the work permit processing fee and the Open Work Permit Holder fee,