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There are many options to come to Canada to work temporarily. The key is to understand how your goals align with the programs offered and to match you accordingly. The nature of your work and demand for your skills will in part determine how you will navigate the options and plan your arrival. For some, their first entry into the Canadian workforce will be under temporary status to enable them to amass the needed work experience to later pursue permanent residence. Each of these programs are very

intricate and have varying timeframes, so please take the time to review the different options and reach out to Asteco Immigration Consulting for a comprehensive understanding of your unique situation.

Foreign nationals who wish to work in Canada are generally required to have a job offer from a Canadian employer to obtain a work permit. Before being eligible to apply for a work permit, the potential employer may have to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The purpose of an LMIA is to prove that a foreign worker is necessary for a specific job position; it must be true that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job. In some cases, the employer or the employee depending on the program may be eligible for a LMIA- exempt work permit. There are several programs that are LMIA -exempt. 


Eligibility requirements for Work Permit Canada:

  • prove that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires;

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

  • obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (IRCC may require a police clearance certificate);

  • not be a danger to Canada’s security;

  • be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed;

  • not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions; and

  • not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.

There may be additional requirements, depending on the applicant’s circumstances.