How to Get a Work Visa for Canada

Canada Work Visa

Canada Work Visa

To view other kinds of Canadian visas, click here.

Here are the steps to getting a work visa for Canada:

Find your consulate

Find your closest consulate (i.e. the consulate that services your jurisdiction.)

You will need to look under the third column in the table labeled “Applications for Temporary Resident Visas, Study Permits or Work Permits.”

Find the visa page

Normally, after you land on the consulate page, there will be a link somewhere on the page that says either “Visit” or “Visas and Immigration.” Find that link and click it.

Find the visa applications

Look for a link that says something like “How to apply for a visa” and click on it.

Gather documentation

Follow the instructions: Gather the required documents/fees.

You will likely (there are some special exemptions) need your employer to get a written confirmation from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) that your employer can hire a foreign worker to fill the job. This is known as a “positive labour market opinion or LMO”

The type of professionals who do not require an LMO are here.

Get a social insurance number

You will also need to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.

Submit materials

Submit your application to the consulate.

Receive your visa

Wait for a bit, and after a period of time, your new Canadian visa will be ready. Congratulations!

Vaccination information

Here is the latest information on any required vaccines for your stay in Canada.

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