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Why Canada Work Visa

  • FREE universal healthcare program for all
  • HIGH average salary of CAD 50,000 to 60,000
  • 40-hour work week for all
  • Over 85% of PR holders ultimately become a Canadian citizen
  • 15 to 50 weeks of parental/maternity leave
  • Up to 15 weeks of paid sick leave


How to Get a Canada Work Visa Permit

  • A Canada work visa permits you to live and work in Canada.
  • The visa is merely a sticker representing a travel document that will enable you only to enter Canada or transit through a Canadian airport.
  • To apply for a Canada work visa permit, you either need a job offer in Canada, or an employer-supported Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) permit, or a connection with Canada such as education or spousal sponsorship.
  • You should be above 18 to be eligible for a Canadian work visa. Below are the 3 different types of Canadian work visa permits:-


Requires Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
  • Global Talent Stream
  • Facilitated LMIA (Quebec)


LMIA-Exempt But Require Job Offer / Contract

  • Intra-Company Transfers
  • CETA Work Permits
  • International Mobility Program (IMP)
  • NAFTA Work Permits


Open Work Permit

  • Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWP)
  • Spouse Accompanying International Student or Worker
  • International Experience Canada (IEC) (working holiday visa)
  • Spousal Sponsorship from Inside of Canada
  • Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)
  • The type of visa you apply for, decides the process for getting a work permit in Canada.
  • You must have an official job offer from a Canadian employer supported by the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  • You continue working with same employer at same location until and unless they decide to change their work visa permit.
  • Work visa permits that are LMIA-exempt need to have unique documentation that allows the holder to be granted entry into Canada.
  • A work visa permit lets you only do the kind of work you are authorized to do under it.
  • The work visa permit also sets conditions for where you can work, for whom, and for how long in Canada.
  • All Canadian work visa permit holders are prohibited from working at places where there is a risk of being sexually exploited.


Benefits of Canada Work Permit

  • Avail employee insurance benefits for 55% of average weekly earnings during parental/maternity leave.
  • Live and work 1095 days continuously in a 5 years period to apply for Canadian citizenship.
  • Very affordable living expenses for migrant workers thanks to affordable housing, low tax regime, access to high-quality education, and affordable goods.
  • If you apply for an open work permit, you can work for any employer of your choice in Canada; your spouse also becomes eligible to work for any employer of their choice.
  • Canada with multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society, allows migrants to enjoy a high standard of living and save money thanks to transparent and reliable public finances.
  • Under Employment Insurance (EI) migrant workers get financial support from Government of Canada if they lose their job for no fault.
  • Migrant workers like all Canadian employees are entitled for at least 2 weeks of vacation after 1 year of employment, with vacation pay rate of at least 4% of total earnings.
  • Migrant workers like all other Canadian employees are eligible to get 17 weeks critical illness leave if caring for an adult and 37 weeks of critical illness leave for each critically ill child.
  • Migrant workers, like all employees in Canada, can avail overtime pay for all hours worked over the 40-hour work limit to a maximum of 48 hours per week, equal to 150% of the regular weekly wage.
  • Migrant workers, like all employees in Canada, can avail social security benefits during various stages of their lives, like Old Age Security (OAS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Canada Child Benefit (CCB).
  • You can also bring your family including children to Canada with an employer-supported work permit.
  • If you bring your school going kids to Canada with employer-supported work permit, they can study in schools of Canada without separate study permit.


Eligibility Criteria for Canada Work Visa Permits

  • You can prove to the immigration officer you are leaving Canada once your work permit is finished.
  • You have enough finances to take care of self and family dependents during the stay in Canada.
  • You have no prior criminal record.
  • You have good health and submit medical report.
  • You are not planning to work for an employer ineligible to employ migrant workers.
  • Your age is below 45 years and above 18 years.
  • You have a valid Canada job offer and a signed employment contract.
  • You scored 67 points or above out of 100 to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, becoming eligible for the Express Entry pool.
  • You have English proficiency to easily work in Canada (French if relocating to Quebec).
  • You have the educational qualification to apply and work in Canada.


What are the Requirements for a Work Visa Permit in Canada

  • Complete application forms with all details
  • Proof of status in Canada (if applicable)
  • LMIA (if applicable)
  • Proof of job offer (if applicable)
  • Proof of your qualification match for the job
  • Copy of educational qualifications
  • Proof of status of family members (if applicable)
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • CV/ résumé
  • Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) (if applicable)
  • Results of various medical exams (if requested)
  • Financial proof to stay in Canada and return to home country
  • Proof of government fees paid (if applicable)


Canada Visa Processing Time


Canada Visa

Processing Time

Express Entry

6 months

PR Card

4 months

PR Card Renewal

2.5 months

Canada Work Permit

Work Permit (inside Canada) – 1 month

Work Permit (outside Canada) – 5 to 6 months

LMIA Processing

10 to 36 days

Study Permit

Study Permit (inside Canada) – 4 weeks

Study Permit (outside of Canada) – 9 weeks

Study Permit – 5 months

Canada Citizenship

24 months

Canada Visitor Visa

23 days to 8 months

Canada Spousal Sponsorship

13-17 months

Super Visa

4-6 months

Post-Graduate Work Permit

2-6 months


The processing time (generally 23 weeks) initiates when the IRCC receives application and ends the day IRCC makes a final decision, but ultimately depends on:-


  • Type of work visa application submitted.
  • If the work visa application is complete.
  • How fast does IRCC expect to process applications already in the system?
  • How easily information/documents submitted can be verified.
  • How quickly do work visa applicants respond to any additional requests?
  • Applicants country of residence at the time of visa application.


Canada Work Permit Fees


Processing fee in CAD

Work permit

CAD 155 per person

Work permit for a group of 3 or more performing artists(all artists and staff must apply at the same time)

CAD 465

Open work permit

CAD 100 per person

Restore a work permit

CAD 355


What are the Steps to Apply

  • Step 1: You can apply for a work visa permit if you are eligible to work in Canada if you meet all eligibility criteria.
  • Step 2: You must complete your online application, and submit all relevant documents and proofs, as required.
  • Step 3: You must complete your biometrics including fingerprints and digital photo upload for identification at a Canada government approved work permit visa application center.
  • Step 4: You must have your complete medical examination done if you plan to stay in Canada for over 6 months from an authorized medical centre.
  • Step 5: Once your immigration officer approves your visa application, you collect visa from approved centre showing approval letter as proof, and fly off to Canada by the day visa starts.


How Y-Axis Can Help You
  • We help identify the best strategy to assist you in getting a Canada work visa.
  • We advise you on how to do the step-by-step filling of essential documents.
  • If you are looking for a PR in Canada, we help you grab the best job that helps boost your PR chances.
  • We help you fill out all application forms.
  • Review all your work visa-related documents before submission.
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