Work Permit in Canada – How to Apply


Have you been searching all through the internet looking for how to find greener pasture in Canada by ensuring that your Work Permit Visa is approved whether as a student or as a worker. If the answer is YES than be rest assured that we are going to guild you on the steps and procedures on how to go about it.

All you need to do is to carefully read through, and follow the guideline we are going to outline for you and then apply. We are also very optimistic that you are going to be one of the numerous people that are going to secure these Work Permit and accommodations in Canada.

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Meanwhile, before we proceed on the steps and procedures on how to Apply and get a work permit in Canada. Lets first and foremost take a critical look at the Types of work permit you can possible apply for.

Types of Work Permits

Open Work Permits


An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada in any occupation, subject to some restrictions imposed by the government of Canada. An open restricted permit may restrict the occupation or location of the employment but not the employer. One can apply for an open work permit in limited situations.

Because an open work permit is not job-specific, you will not need the following when you apply for your work permit:

  • A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada; or
  • Proof that an employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.

Our team will advise you on whether you qualify for an open work permit in your circumstances. If you already hold an open work permit (e.g. a Post-Graduation Work Permit) and you work for a Canadian employer, your spouse/partner may be eligible for an open work permit as well.

Employer-Specific Work Permits

An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions listed on your work permit, which include:

  • The name of the employer you can work for;
  • How long you can work and the expiry date of your permit;
  • The location where you can work (if applicable).

The employer listed on your work permit is the only employer you can work for in Canada.

If you currently hold an employer-specific work permit, you cannot simply switch to another employer. We can advise on what steps must be taken to work for an employer who is not listed on your work permit and to ensure that you are not working in Canada illegally.

Work as an International Student

If you have a valid Canadian study permit and you are a full-time student who has started the study program in Canada, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours/week off campus during regular school terms/semesters without a work permit.

If you are coming to Canada as an international student or you are currently studying in Canada, our team can advise you on whether you need a work permit and how to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).

Top Most Demanded Jobs in Canada

If you are interested in finding Jobs in Canada, below are the 17 most Demanded Jobs in Canada

  • College or Vocational Instructor
  • Registered Nurse.
  • Truck Driver.
  • Business Management Consultant.
  • Welder.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Occupational or Physiotherapy Assistant.
  • Software Engineer or Designer.
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Veterinary Technician or Assistant
  • Construction Estimator
  • Steamfitter or Pipefitter
  • Psychologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Aircraft Pilot
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Aerospace Engineer

Extension of Work Permits and Implied Status

If you apply to extend your work permit within Canada before it expires you can legally stay in Canada and continue working until a decision is made on your application.  In these cases, you would have ‘implied status’. You should not leave Canada until a decision is made on the application.

Restoration of Status

If a visitor, worker or student has lost their status (if their permit had expired before they submitted an application to extend their status), they may be able to restore their status if they apply within 90 days of losing status and continue to meet the initial requirements of their stay.

Those awaiting restoration of status may stay in Canada until a decision is made on their application, but those in Canada on work or study permits cannot continue to work or attend school until their status has been restored.