A foreign national, in order to obtain a temporary work permit must meet the following general eligibility requirements:
- Intention to leave: You need to satisfy the officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires
- Sufficient funds: you need to demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to arrange to return home
- Background: you need to have a clear criminal record to in order to become eligible and your presence will not be a security risk in Canada
- Medical Exam: you need to be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed
- You must not plan to work with an employer whose status is listed as “ineligible”, who failed to comply with the conditions.
- You must not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
- Document: you need to provide the officer with other documents to prove you can enter Canada
There are 4 types of work permits: Open work permits, Employer-specific work permits, International Experience Canada program and Global.
- Open work permit
A foreign national may be eligible for an Open Work Permit in the following situation:
- Post Graduate Work Permit: If you are currently in Canada and have a valid study or work permit, or your spouse or parents have a study or work permit,
- Destitute Student: if you are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)
- Permanent residency in-process: if you have applied for permanent residence in Canada
- Dependent under Family class: If you are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence
- If you are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student
- If you are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
- Refugee: If you are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member
- Removal order: If you are under an unenforceable removal order
- TRV: If you are a temporary resident permit holder
- Special programs: If you are a young worker participating in special program
Note: In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.
- Employer-specific Work Permit
A foreign national may be eligible for an employer-specific work permit; it allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:
- The name of the employer you can work for
- How long you can work
- The location where you can work (if applicable)
Employers also need to meet basic requirements to hire you. They need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a document given by the Government of Canada that gives Canadian employers permission to hire foreign workers, to hire a foreign worker.