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Going From A Temporary Work Permit To Permanent Resident Status In Canada

From a Temporary Work Permit to a Permanent Resident (PR) Card – Part 1

Obtaining a Temporary Work Permit in Canada is often considered a step towards Permanent Residence in Canada. This is true, and for those who already have an active Temporary Work Permit in Canada, there are several ways to move up from a Temporary Work Permit to Permanent Residency in Canada.

Provincial Nominee Program

Under the Provincial Nominee Program, applicants can generally apply for Permanent Residency within a year to a year and a half. Through this program, foreign workers are nominated for Permanent Residency by employers, but each program can be different across provinces. Most of these applicants must be highly skilled for certain jobs, although the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program can involve a select few unskilled occupations.

Canadian Experience Class

Through the Canadian Experience Class, applicants can apply for Permanent Resident Status within about a year. People with Temporary Resident Permits who are looking to move to Permanent Resident Status using the Canadian Experience Class need to have either two years of work in Canada or completed one year of post-secondary studies as well as one year of work.

If you are interested in obtaining Permanent Residency Status in Canada and you think you qualify for one of the methods above, contact us at the form to the right.

Check back later for two more ways to go from a Temporary Work Permit to Permanent Resident Status.

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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

54 thoughts on “Going From A Temporary Work Permit To Permanent Resident Status In Canada

  1. Mohammad Moksudul Haque

    Hi. I would like to infrom you that I’m 36 Mohammad Moksudul Haque from Spain i am interested to apply for entrepreneur program. Although I’m working now as a self employed ( business) I was finished my graduation 2001. Iooking forward to hearing from you. Best Regards. Moksudul Haque

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Mohammad,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you work and immigrate to Canada. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. THUSHAR GEORGE

    Hello sir,
    I am Thushar George from India. I got a 2 year work permit in quebec, canada work for hotel industry I completed my diploma in aviation hospitality travel managment course in in india now I am coming to canada after one month for work.can you please tell me when I apply for permanent residency. I am also trying to attend IELTS class in canada and also attend The IELTS exam and french course I don’t how much about canada migration process my dream is to settle in canada can you please tell me when I apply for permanent resident card in canada.
    THUSHAR GEORGE

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Thushar,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We have helped thousands of clients immigrate to Canada, and we may be able to help you! First I need to know more about you and your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Evandeep Singh

    I’m planning to apply for Canandian Permanent Residency in work basis..
    So i would like to enquire wheather i can apply for the same ?
    It is to mention here that i have 48% in my graduation in India from a recognised university as well 3 year experience (Continuing) in a reputed taxation firm.

    Regards

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Evandeep,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! You may qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency and a Work Permit. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. jade

    hello,

    i have a 2 year work visa can i apply to be a PR? i have currently worked at my job for a year and have another year left on my work visa

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Jade,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I would love to help you obtain a Permanent Resident Card in Canada. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring about. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. deepak

    i am international student in centennial college scarborough canada but now i wanna change my college by converting my 2 year course to 1 year is it possible and could u tell me it is good or bad step

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Deepak. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. vivek bhaskar

    hi. my wife is on an on-site mission in Canada, just landed with a work permit extending up till 2019 January. I am also planning to go as my PR process in on in my native land. My question is, after how many months will she be able to apply for her PR. Is there really any time schedule to do so after landing or can be done any time?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Vivek. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Alok

    Hi,
    I am currently in the US and working in IT field for a Financial Client. However, i am hitting my H1B limit in June 2017 and have to move out.

    I filled my Express Entry profile for Canada a couple months back after doing my language assessments and educational evals on my own. In the meantime, my company also mentioned to me about Canada (i agreed) and my Visa is under process.

    When i get my Visa for Canada in a month or so, can i somehow proceed with my PR application further? I would get new offer letter for Canada from my company only a week before my Travel date…would that help in getting PR faster or i have to still wait a year to proceed with my PR?
    Basically, how should i proceed to get PR soon?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Alok. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Hemanth

    Hi

    I am working as an IT analyst. And My experience is 12 years.
    My employer in India is going to apply for 2 year work permit in Canada. I would like to know on how to change the work permit to permanent resident in Canada? How many months or years are needed to change to PR status?

    And also if my wife comes as a dependent to me to canada, can she work there individually?? If so what is the process ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Hemanth. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  9. sameer

    Hi,
    i am unskilled, my agency said that they can apply for pr for me, with my 6 years work experience, but as far i knows i won’t be able to apply for pr, as i don’t have canadian work experience or any skill, so can i trust them ? can i apply for pr if i got a employer to sponsor ? Also they said, they can provide me a work permit to work as a driver, but how can i drive there with my indian license ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sameer. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our licensed immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  10. sameer

    Hello sir, if i come there in work permit visa , can i change my job if i am not well in same job

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sameer. A work visa specifies a specific job with a specific employer. If you change the job or the employer, you will need to reapply for anew work visa.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  11. maria A

    i would like to know , if the study visa can be converted to permenant residency , and what is the fastest way to enter canda given that i have 9 years of international experience in multinational banks in mangerial positions and i want to be in canada asap

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Maria. Thank you for writing to us. A study visa may help you achieve permanent residency, if you decide to apply for a post graduate work permit. Your work experience, if properly chosen, will help you obtain points for the Express Entry program. 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, taking into account the work experience that you already have. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  12. Oliver

    Hi, I’m currently on a two year work visa from England. I’m working as a building manager for a property firm in Vancouver and want to apply for permanent residency. What is the best way forward to go about applying?
    Thank you,
    Oliver

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Oliver. There may be several paths that you may qualify for, one being the Canadian Experience Class. There are many factors that are considered for this path. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  13. Sonny

    Hi

    I came to Canada in 5 months ago through an LMIA and I currently hold a 2yr work permit.
    When can I apply for permanent residence or work somewhere other than stated on my work permit??

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sonny. The work permit that you have obtained is specifically for the job and employer that was approved on your LMIA. If you want to switch jobs, you will have to apply for another LMIA and work permit. You may already have enough credentials to apply for Express Entry as a path to Permanent Residency (PR). 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 and see if you already qualify for Express Entry. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  14. David

    My name is david , i am a chef by professionally and i have nearly 16 yrs of industrial experience. Now i have been trying to relocate canada but it does not happened so i decided to take a unskilled visa through a agency in india and go to canada and later i mean after one year of bond with the company i want to change my status in to skilled worker or PR . Here is my question can i do that or not ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello David. It depends on the type of visa that the agency is going to get for you. If it is an open work permit, you will be able to switch jobs. If it is a closed work permit, you will need to apply for a new work permit. That may entail having your prospective employer apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. Bibi

    Hello am Bibi, I want to know if I do a certificate course of 8months n I get a permit for less than a year, would I be able to apply for pr. During the period of working?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Bibi. If you are applying under the Canadian Experience Class immigration program, you are not able to apply for permanent residency with less than 2 years of experience.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  16. GSB

    Greetings!

    i finished my Undergrad from california and then moved back to india and fained work experience for 2 years. Now i am planning to persue MBA in Canada; what exactly is the rule on conversion of work permit to pr? for e.g if i get in MBA program and post completion get work permit does ny time period of work only counts or both my stay for study and work? Also, can i invest or open business under work permit ? Is PR a gauranteed step pist completion of degree and work permit term ? thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. You can open a business and work if you have an open work permit. Once your permit expires you must stop working. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  17. Amish

    Hi can possible work parmit in canada on d basis of trp visa?and after work parmit can I apply for PR?
    I hv completed B pharmacy and hving experience 5 years in pharmaceutical industry in india

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Amish. You cannot work in Canada unless you have a specific work visa; a TRP visa is not sufficient. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  18. Raj

    Hi iam Raj from India and one agency is giving me a work permit for 3 + 1 year in Canada after I reach can I apply for PR is it possible

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Raj. With two years of work experience you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class program.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  19. Swamita Khatri

    Hello I am a nurse from Nepal and I worked as qualified nurse for 17 months. After that I came to the UK and studied level 6 and Bsc nursing. While studying I was and still working as senior care assistant in the nursing home. On January 2016 I received the required ielts score to get register as a nurse in Canada. However, I am not sure which visa category will I qualify to get Woking visa and PR in Canada. Your help would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Swamita. In order to obtain a work visa, you will first have to obtain an offer of employment from a Canadian employer. Given your work history, you may be a good candidate for Express Entry. We would need to see all your information before advising you. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  20. Ginu George

    Hi,

    I would like to know about the Canadian work permit. Can I come to canada on a work permit and can it be turned to PR visa after some years ? Also for work permit do I need to give IELTS ?

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Ginu. Once you have work experience in Canada through your work visa, there are several immigration programs that you can apply to that would lead to Permanent Residence. In almost all cases you will need an IELTS score.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  21. sanketkumar patel

    Hii i am sanket patel am in treating work permit in canada and residential parmit. ..pls …contact. ..

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sanket. Please contact us so that we can get a lot more information about your situation. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  22. Russel

    I am being processed by my company for the work permit, and they will process a open work permit for my wife and a permit for my daughter.

    I wanted to know how long should i stay as a work permit holder before i apply PR. I would as a analyst in a bank.

    I have not yet taken IELTS nor my wife, so i guess that will be a requirement

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Russel. Yes, taking the IELTS is necessary. To apply for Permanent Residency, you will need one year of work experience in Canada to apply under Canadian Experience Class, but it is possible that you already would qualify for Federal Skilled Worker given your current experience. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  23. brijesh singh

    How can I convert my work permit to PR….Plz help. what I need to do , I am working in a resort in canada.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Brijesh.

      There are several ways to achieve Permanent Residency in Canada; having a work permit is a good start.

      We have helped many people who have received a work permit, and then later decided that they loved being in Canada so much that they decided to get permanent residency.

      Please Brijesh, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status again here in Canada.

      Vahe

      Reply
  24. Dinesh Khan

    Hi,

    I got my TWP on September 2015 for 2 years, but due to some family problem I am not able to come to Canada for at least 2-3 months and slowly slowly I am deciding to come to Canada after getting my PR.

    My PR file is also going on.

    So my question is as I entered in Canada after 2-3 months or getting PR, is any problem for me for immigration side or I have to show any extra documents except of supporting documents or is it effect my PR application. Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Dinesh Khan

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you Dinesh for your inquiry.
      In order for me to give you the most accurate advice regarding your concern about re-entering after an absence, I would need to learn more about your situation. Please complete this form for me, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your assessment form has been reviewed.
      Best regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  25. Davinder

    Hello Ma’am/Sir

    Hope you are doing fine.

    Actually i have 4 Years of experience in Digital Media Marketing (i.e Website Designing + Website Development + Search Engine Optimization + Graphic Designing + Mail Designing + Pay Per Click).
    I want to go for Canada/Australia/New Zealand/Dubai.
    Wherever my profile occupation will be available.
    I passed IELTS with 5.5Bands.

    I have not really a huge amount to pay for any consultant, yes genuine fee for my process i can pay.
    But you know here the people are not trusty. The mean you to any consultant is like you just pay only.

    I am married too. So i just want to go for job, need security. Because i will be responsible for my all decisions.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Davinder,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to assist you in coming to Canada in order to work in the digital marketing field, and your years of experience will be very helpful in this regard. We also have different payment options so we can definitely work within your budget. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  26. Prasath

    Hi,

    I would like to know whether I can change my status from Unskilled to skilled legally (may be through an attorney) with appropriate documentation and then applying for PR. What is the likability or nitty-gritties that I would face. Appreciate your support.

    Regards,

    Reply
    1. Anisa Dattu

      Hi Prasath,

      Thank you for your post. You may qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker stream which has just undergone some changes as of May 1, 2014. The FSW stream uses a point system where an applicant is assessed according to various factors that will indicate whether there is a strong likelihood that the applicant and dependents will successfully establish in Canada. An ideal candidate for this program will possess employment skills and experience compatible with occupations that are available to prospective immigrants to Canada.

      The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a Skilled Worker Immigration visa are complex and usually require legal expertise. We can certainly assist you to determine your eligibility and guide you to become a skilled worker. We have helped thousands of individuals to successfully get Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker program, and we can help you too!

      In order to assist you please provide us with more information using our free assessment and we will be able to help determine your eligibility under this program and other immigration programs that Canada has to offer. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Best,

      Anisa

      Reply
  27. Umair

    Hi,

    I am from Pakistan and want a work permit for Canada. I am married and have a one year old baby. Please let me know what steps I need to take.

    number# +923456021199. Umair

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Umair,

      In order to apply for a Work Permit, you need to have a job offer from a Canadian employer. As you might already know, a Work Permit allows you to work in Canada only for a temporary period of time. If you are interested in permanently coming to Canada, you can also apply as a Federal Skilled Worker. In order to better assess if you qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker, we required more detailed information regarding your educational and training backgruonds.

      Thank you.

      Reply

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