Where a foreign worker submits their Canada work permit application depends on the candidate’s nationality or country of residence. The foreign worker may apply through a visa office responsible for their country of citizenship, or through a country where they have been granted one year of legal status. Individuals that do not require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada can apply for most (but not all) work permits at any port of entry. There are Canadian immigration officers at every Port of Entry, whose job it is to assess Canada work permit applications.
With limited exceptions all work permits require a job offer from a Canadian employer. This requirement may seem problematic as many Canadian employers insist on hiring only those individuals that already have a Canada work permit. Requirements include that the foreign worker find an employer who is willing to undergo the work permit process. Many employers don’t understand how simple the work permit process can be with representation from a Canadian immigration lawyer. The other main element to the application is the Labor Market Opinion (LMO), they are usually necessary in order to obtain a work permit Canada. Requirements for the LMO can be found by clicking here.
Canada is extremely protective of its labour market and we do not recommend that those unfamiliar with Canadian immigration regulation and procedure attempt this on their own. Regulation and procedure aside, the issuance of each work permit is also at the discretion of the immigration officer on duty. Individuals already in Canada can apply for a work permit and work permit renewal/extension, from within Canada. Once you have been offered a job in Canada, at least consult with a Canadian immigration lawyer to find out how to get a work permit in Canada.
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