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.

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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.

FAQ's - Study Permit

Does my work permit allow me to work for any employer in Canada?

It depends on the work permit you have. Most work permits are tied to a specific employer. They will only allow you to work for the employer on the permit. In some situations, you can get an open work permit, which does not include a specific employer. An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada unless the employer: - is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions, or - offers, on a regular basis, striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.

What are the language requirements for a work permit?

The applicant must be proficient in one of the official languages of Canada to the extent necessary for him or her to perform the job duties properly. The language requirements may be laid out in the LMIA process, the National Occupational Classification as applicable to the job, and upon review of the application by the immigration officer.

If I retain your services, will I have an access to my file through IRCC Accoount after submission?

In case of representation, you will have no access to your application from IRCC Portal. All applications are submitted through IRCC Authorized Representative Portal rather than regular client portal. However, we update our clients on all IRCC notifications within 1 business day. Exceptions may apply in rare cases when prior documentation review is required by our team. Usually, that takes no longer than 2 business days.

Do you guarantee approval? What if my application gets refused?

No one can guarantee approval of your application, as final decision fully depends on immigration officer. Kindly avoid all kind of ghost consultants as well as unethical representatives who “guarantee results” or provide “success rates” to grab your attention. Here at Asteco Immigration Consulting, we put all our efforts in maximizing your chances of success. Reputation of our immigration company is extremely important to us, as you can see from our client reviews. If your application gets refused, we will consider resubmitting it free of charge (if it is required). This does not include government application fees, as well as cases where false/misleading/incomplete information or document was provided by client.

Are government application fee included in your prices?

Our prices include professional fees only. GST/HST may be applicable on top of that. Government fees and disbursements (translation services, medical insurance premiums, medical examination fees, language exam fees, international student admission fees, etc.) are paid directly to government or third parties. To check IRCC’s processing fees, please refer to their website

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker. A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter. If the employer needs an LMIA, they must apply for one. - Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit. - Worker will be required to submit other documents in the work permit application. For more information about other documents, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

Who can apply for an open work permit?

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you: - are an international student who graduated from a designated learning institution and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program - are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student) have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada - applied for permanent residence in Canada - are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence - are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student - are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program - are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member - are under an unenforceable removal order - are a temporary resident permit holder - are a young worker participating in special programs In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible. Please contact our office for more details.

Is it mandatory to have a job offer?

Yes. Unless you are eligible to apply for an open work permit, you must have a job offer. Further, unless the work permit is LMIA-exempt, the employer must secure a positive LMIA as well for the applicant to qualify for the work permit.