How to Get a Canada Work Visa in 6 Steps


Each year, around 200,000 foreign skilled workers come to work in Canada on Temporary Work Permits.
Canadian work permits make provisions for working in Canada without the need to
undergo a points based assessment. In order to work in Canada on a temporary basis, foreign skilled workers must have an offer of employment from a Canadian employer and be granted a Labour Market Opinion by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

 Learn How to Get a Canada Work Visa

Understanding the process is crucial when applying for a Canadian Work Visa. Canadian work visas, which are temporary and are not the same thing as immigration visas, are in most cases available only to those who have a job offer from a Canadian employer who is authorized to fill the position with a foreign worker.

The employer must cooperate with the prospective employee to complete this process because a positive labor market opinion (a document confirming the position’s status) is usually required to obtain the work visa.

How to get a Canada Work Visa in 6 steps

  1. Determine whether a passport or temporary resident visa will be required to obtain a temporary work visa. These items are only required for some prospective employees, and it’s best to obtain passports and submit applications for additional visas early in the process if they are necessary.
  2. Check on the requirements to apply for a work visa. The requirements depend on the position. For most jobs, a written job offer from the employer, proof of a positive labor market opinion and a diploma or proof of work experience are necessary to apply for the visa. For jobs that do not require a positive labor market opinion, a passport (or other travel document) and proof of immigration status in the country from which you are applying is required. A medical exam or criminal background check may also be necessary.
  3. Obtain a temporary work visa application package from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website or from a Canadian visa office in your home country (see Resources). Fill out all materials in the application package and gather together all additional paperwork required for the position. Failure to fill out the entire application or submit all the necessary paperwork can result in the work visa application being delayed or canceled.
  4. Find your Canadian visa office. The application and paperwork must be submitted, either in person or through the mail, to the Canadian visa office that is responsible for processing applications from your country or region. Ask the workers in that office about a processing fee; the costs vary depending on the type of visa and the office. Submit the application and paperwork, along with the correct application fee and any other necessary materials, to the visa office. Any incomplete applications will be returned to the applicants, so make sure all the requirements are fulfilled.
  5. Check the visa processing times. Work visa processing times can vary depending on where you are applying from. Submitting the application with all required materials can speed things along.
  6. Keep the Canadian visa office updated on address changes, name changes or changes in marital status or living situation. Any changes can slow the application process if authorities are not informed of the situation.

How Can I Get A Canada Work Visa? (Canada Work Permit)

Before a Canada Work Permit can be issued, the Canadian employer who wishes to hire temporary foreign workers will need to apply for and be granted a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). HRSDC will grant a positive LMO if they are satisfied that there is no Canadian permanent resident or citizen available to do the job.

You should apply as soon as you receive written evidence of your job offer or contract of employment and your Labour Market Opinion (LMO) of HRSDC. You must show the Immigration department’s officer that you meet the requirements and that you will be in Canada for a temporary stay.

Further Steps to get a Canada Work Visa

  • Find a job in Canada that is eligible to be filled by a non-Canadian. Depending on the occupation, this may mean obtaining proof of a positive labor market opinion for the position. This means that the authorities have assessed the position and determined that it may be filled by a foreign worker. The prospective employer is responsible for obtaining this status on the open position. A letter confirming positive labor market opinion is required for any positions that fall into that category and may be obtained from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).
  • Satisfy an officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your employment, and that you have reasons to go back

  • You must have evidence that you meet the requirements of the job. Proof may include educational requirements or past work experience outlined in a resume.

  • Show that you have enough money during your stay in Canada to take care of yourself and your family members and to return home,

  • You must be law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity,

  • You should be in good health,

  • You should not be a danger to the security of Canada,

  • If your documents are in a language other than English or French, they should be translated in English

  • Provide any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility.

A properly completed form along with all the required documentation will make your application a lot smoother. No one wants their application delayed or worse, denied.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

5 thoughts on “How to Get a Canada Work Visa in 6 Steps

  1. dhanashri kale

    i applied for computer operator i Canada. they gave me offer letter and told pay 28000 thousand rupees for visa application and emigration in hrs. i sent MSG to him for LMIA letter. after than he told that for only people that are legible to provide the LMIA clearance documents are professional workers like medical field, engineers, security force. so how can i found this is authorised not

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Dhanaskale. Thank you for writing to us. The LMIA is a document that is submitted by the Canadian employer that explains to the Canadian Immigration why they need you to fill a position that they cannot fill with a Canadian resident. There is nothing classified about it. You should have a copy. You cannot get a work visa in Canada without an LMIA that has been approved. We always recommend that you should be dealing with a legitimate legal immigration law firm for matters as important as taking the next step to starting a new life in Canada.
      Regards, Vahe

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    If you are skill worker or want to work in Canada, this given information is best for you. Thanks for sharing it. Many immigrants are looking these type on information.

    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Thank you for the kind words. We do our best to give the public the information it needs for immigration and visas

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