Canadian Work Permit: See The Requirements, Processing Time & Fee

In recent years, the number of immigrants migrating to Canada has increased dramatically; this feat can be attributed to its immigrant-friendly laws. 2021 was a great year for Canada’s immigration as over 500,000 immigrants were welcomed, with 415,000 of them being granted work permits.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration has released multiple articles stating how many immigrants who came into the country with temporary work permits transitioned into permanent residents after completing their trial period.

So, if you have ever thought of migrating to Canada for either Work or Academic-related pursuits, this might be your chance.

Who Can Apply For The Work Permit?

Good news: On November 16, 2022, the Canadian immigration system will grant work permits to workers who offer essential services. Below is a list of Professionals eligible for work permits

  1. Butchers – retail and wholesale
  2.  Agricultural service contractors & farm supervisor
  3.  Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  4.  Labourers in food and beverage processing
  5.  Labourers in fish and seafood processing
  6.  Registered nurses
  7.  Nursing coordinator and supervisor
  8.  Specialist in surgery

Requirements Needed To Apply For The Visa

  1. Two passport photographs (signed and dated at the back)
  2.  Proof of Immigration Status (Only applicable if the country of residence is different from the country of origin)
  •  A photocopy of the following documents: National Passport
  •  Marriage certificate
  •  Educational Credentials
  •  Proof of relationship with all spouses, children, or common-law partners
  1.  Professional Resume
  2.  Original Police clearance certificate
  3.  Fingerprints and biometric details (only applicable if you’re applying from outside Canada)
  4.  Proof of employment (at current place of work)
  5.  Completed Application for Work Permit made outside of Canada
  6.  Evidence that you meet the requirements for your prospective job
  7.  Completed Document Checklist (IMM 5488)
  8.  Completed Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa form.

Processing this Work Permit takes about 5-36 weeks; the time range may be deferred depending on specific circumstances. A closed Canadian work permit costs a processing fee of CAD 155 per person, and an additional fee of CAD 100 is required if you’re applying for an open work permit.

You can find the online copy of Canada’s work permit application at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/permit.html.