Applying for a Work Permit With a Canadian Job Offer

In this session, I would like to discuss the work permit application process for foreign nationals who have received an employment offer from a Canadian employer.

This type of application attracts many foreign nationals who want to work in Canada. If you have received a job offer, you can apply under this category.

First, the Canadian employer has to send a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to the Employment in Social Development of Canada (ESDC). When an employer submits this application, they have to prove that they have made a sufficient effort to hire a Canadian permanent resident or Canadian citizen. The government of Canada encourages the businesses and the Canadian employers to recruit for positions locally.

The employer must prove that:

  • Recruitment for a local employee was unsuccessful after advertising for at least one month with multiple sources
  • They have made sufficient effort to hire locally
  • The job is critical to the company’s operation and development
  • The business has the ability to pay the foreign worker the wage that is required by ESDC

When ESDC assesses this application, they also consider the demand for this occupation in the geographical region where business is located. If the occupation is high in demand, the likelihood of approval is much higher. For example: if specialized training is required for that occupation, the application is more likely to receive approval.

Once the application has been assessed by ESDC and approved, the employer can provide the approval for the LMIA so that the foreign worker may proceed with his or her work permit application

When the foreign worker applies for a work permit, they have to prove that they have ability and qualification, education, to perform that job for the Canadian employer. They also must prove that they have enough ties to go back to their country at the end of their employment contract.

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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

  • M.imran

    I want ti go Canada. My relative also living in Canada have ready to sponsor me to get into Canada. I’m graduated student and now i am further studying.
    Now please tell me how i can go Canada for work permit? What should i do for this?

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. Thank you for writing to us. There may be several immigration programs that you might qualify for: study visa, express entry. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you after learning about your detailed situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  • yogesh patel

    I want your help for work permit.

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Yogesh. It sounds like you already have a job offer from a Canadian company. That is great. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at your offer and work with you and your employer so that you may obtain your Canadian work visa. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

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