How To Get A Work Permit in Canada
Working in Canada is a very attractive option for many. But in order to work legally in Canada, you need to get a work permit or a work visa. There are different ways to get a work permit in Canada, depending on where you currently live.
Work Permit in Canada for Americans and Mexicans
Under NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) it’s much easier for Americans and Mexicans to get a work permit in Canada. In order to get a work permit in Canada under NAFTA, one needs to have a job offer from a Canadian company in a specific field.
People who aren’t American or Mexican can also obtain work permits in Canada. For example, if you are a skilled worker you can immigrate to Canada under the Skilled Worker category. For more information, click here.
How to get a work permit in Canada
In most cases, those who want to get a work permit in Canada will have to obtain a LMO, or labour market opinion, from Service Canada. This LMO ensures there are no qualified Canadians or permanent residents that could fill the job you are applying for. After this letter is obtained, you can then apply for a Canadian work permit or work visa. Some foreign workers do not have to apply for an LMO as there are some exemptions, such as foreign students that hold a Canadian study permit. For more information, click here.
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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
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