WORK WITH AN OPEN WORK PERMIT
You may work in Canada with an open work permit if you are:
- Permanent residence applicants who have applied to an office in Canada,
- Dependent family members of some permanent residence applicants,
- Spouses and common-law partners of some workers and international students,
- Refugees, refugee claimants, protected persons and their family members,
- Some temporary resident permit holders, or
- International graduates who have finished their studying at a Canadian designated learning institution (Post-graduation Work Permit Program)
- Some young workers participating in special programs.
WORK WITH A EMPLOYER-SPECIFIC WORK PERMIT
- LMIA-backed job offer: you can work with a closed-condition work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. The employer must pursuit the process of LMIA application to offer you a permanent full-time and indeterminate job.
- Trade-agreement job offer: you can work with a closed-condition job offer if you are from a specific country that signed a shared trade agreement with Canada and your occupation falls into that trade agreement’s occupation list. A permanent full-time job offer from a qualifying Canadian business entity is a must. (NAFTA, GATS, Cdn-Chile FTA, Cdn-Peru FTA, Cdn-Colombia FTA, Cdn-Korea FTA… are examples)
- Others: you can work in Canada with the intention to perform work that create and maintain significiant social, cultural or economic benefits or opportunities for/reciprocal employment of Canadian citizens or permanent residents (Intra-company transferee is an example). Taking part in certain research programs or is of religious or charitable nature may enable you to obtain a work permit.
WORK WITHOUT A WORK PERMIT
As a business visitor, a foreign representative (or his/her family member), a performing artist (solo or in a group) or an athlete attending a sports activity or event, an employee of a foreign news company for reporting an event in Canada… you can work without a work permit for a short period (you, certainly, have to legally admitted to Canada with either an eTA or a TRV (temporary Rersident Visa) if you are not subject to be exempted from obtaining it).
This list is not exhaustive, reach out for details.
PATHWAY TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY
Gaining Canadian working experience at a qualifying employer play a critical part in helping you to apply for permanent residency through Express Entry and various Provincial Nomination Programs.