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Skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently must obtain a work visa. A work permit does not let you live in Canada permanently. To do so, you must qualify under an immigration category as a permanent resident. In most cases, you will need a written job offer or contract of employment from your employer in Canada before you apply for a work permit.
To apply for a work permit, you should prepare the following documents:
Before a Temporary Work Permit can be issued, the Canadian employer who wishes to hire a temporary foreign worker may need to apply for and be granted a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by ESDC.
After granted LMIA, the Canadian employer can provide a temporary job offer to the foreign worker. The employer must send a copy of the positive LMIA along with a detailed job offer letter to the foreign worker.
With these documents, the foreign worker can apply to ESDC for a Canada Temporary Work Permit.
The Canada Temporary Work Permit will be issued at the point of entry when the foreign worker arrives in Canada by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer
The processing time for your work permit application depends on the location of the office where you submit the application. Processing times can range between 1 – 9 months on average.
The Canadian work permit fee is $155 (including extensions)
The place to submit Canada work permit depends on nationality of candidates. 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.