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Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) have played an increasingly important role in the Canadian labour market. A work permit is required in order for a foreign national to be allowed to work in Canada. You may be eligible for employer specific work permit or open work permit.

Post Graduate Work Permit

if you have graduated from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI) with program length of at least 8 months in duration leading to a degree, diploma or certificate, you may qualify for qualify for Post Graduate work permit either up to the length of the program or up to 3 years.

Spousal Open Work Permit

if you're a spouse or family member of someone working or studying temporarily in Canada, you may be eligible for open work permit. Your work permit can not be longer than your spouse. You should also meet the other eligibility requirements, Open work permit allows you to work for any employers.

LMIA Approved work permit

LMIA approved work permits are specific to Employers As a first step employer is required to get the Labour Market Impact Assessment approval from HSDC before hiring a foreign worker. Work permit application is second step. An employer may provide LMIA offer to support your permanent application.

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  • Foreign workers employed in Canada on Skilled profession in NOC 0,A,B are eligible to apply for LMIA exempt open work permit for their spouses. Length of open work permit is dependent on the length of work permit of Foreign workers in Canada.

Spouse of international student can eligible to apply Spouse Open Work Permit if their spouse (Study Permit Holder) is studying full time in Canada in a designated learning institute offering Post Graduate Work Permit. In addition, they also need to prove the genuineness of their relationship.

  • Processing time for Open Work permit Canada for spouses varies depending on the country of applications. Nowadays processing time from India is taking between 3 months to 5 months.
  • Open work permit allows a permit holder to work with any employer without any restrictions. There may be specific restrictions or conditions imposed on you at time of issues of work permit. Make sure you read them and stay compliant with conditions imposed on you.
  • To hire a foreign worker in Canada , employer needs to obtain approval from ESDC in form of LMIA approval. LMIA process is employer driven exercise. Once the LMIA immigration is approved, you can use the LMIA to apply for employer specific work permit.