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WORK

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU WANT TO WORK IN CANADA

  • Your employer may need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire you. (This is a document from Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada that gives your employer permission to hire a foreign worker.)
  • Your employer may need to pay an employer compliance fee and submit an offer of employment form to Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Employer Portal. (If you are exempt from the LMIA process, your employer must take this step before you can apply for a work permit.)
  • You do not have to submit any documents from an employer if you are applying for an open work permit. (If you are exempt from the LMIA process and are approved for an open work permit, you will be able to work for any Canadian employer that is not on the list of ineligible employers.)
  • You must meet the requirements to: enter the country, stay in Canada and get a work permit. This means you may also need a visitor visa.
  • Your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children may apply to come to Canada with you, and, if they wish, apply for a study or work permit.