Temporary foreign workers generally need to go through two hurdles before they can work in Canada. The first is often the requirement that employer’s have to obtain a labour-market opinion, something similar, or an exemption, to the position that they wish to fill. The second is that the potential employee needs to obtain a work permit.
The foreign worker thus must satisfy the following requirements, as well as the requirements generally necessary for a temporary resident visa, in order to work in Canada:
- Have a genuine offer to work in Canada from a Canadian employer;
- Have the employment offer approved by HRSDC (unless exempt); and
- Compliance with the requirements of the job in Canada.
The foreign worker must meet the requirements of issuance of the work permit at the time the visa was issued, and at the time of entry into Canada.
The general rule is that a foreign worker must apply outside Canada for a work permit. Exceptions include holders of valid work or study permits and their family members and students applying for post-graduate work permits.
We regularly assist people with obtaining temporary work permits. We also endeavor to determine whether it would be more appropriate to apply for an application for permanent residency under the PNP.
As well, we assist in applying for open-work permits, work permit extensions, and changes of conditions.