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Temporary Work Visa Canada

Canada, one of the widely growing economies, offers a host of opportunities to people all around the world. Each year, hundreds and thousands of individuals are hired on temporary basis by the Canadian organizations for a wide range of skills to fill in job positions which cannot be fulfilled by the existing workforce of the nation. Such workers must obtain a temporary work visa.

This liberal program, instituted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada allows eligible foreign workers to work in Canada for a specific period of time. However, in order to work in the Canadian country as a temporary worker, individuals must be aware of the following essential information:-

  • You employer may be required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to recruit you. LMIA is a document from Employment and Social Development Canada / Service Canada that allows your employer to hire a foreign worker.
  • Your recruiter may have to pay a recruiter compliance fee and submit an “offer of employment” form to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) via the Employer Portal. (In case you are exempted from the LIMA process, your employer must follow this step before you can apply for a permit).
  • There is no need to submit any documents from a Canadian employer in case you are applying for an open work permit visa. Bear in mind, that if you are exempted from the LMIA process and receive an approval for an open work permit, you will have the liberty of working an employer of Canada who is not a part of the list of ineligible employers.
  • You must meet the admissible requirements to:
  • enter Canada,
  • stay in the country and
  • obtain a work permit
  • A temporary worker visa does not allow you to permanently reside in Canada. In order to do so, you must prove your qualifications under an immigration category as a permanent resident.
  • Your dependent children, spouse or common-law partner are eligible to accompany you to Canada, and, if they wish, they can apply for a job or study visa.

To apply for a temporary work visa for Canada, individuals must fulfill the basic eligibility criteria:-

  • Convince the immigration officer that you shall leave the geographical boundaries of Canada at the end of your temporary work visa,
  • Demonstrate your ability to financially support your and your accompanying family members during your stay in Canada and the return journey to your home, Obey the laws of Canada,
  • Furnish a police clearance certificate stating that you have no records of criminal activities,
  • Prove that you are and shall not be a danger to Canada’s security,
  • Furnish proofs that are you are in good health by submitting medical reports
  • Prove that you shall not serve an employer who appears on the list of ineligible employers,
  • Prove that you do not have any plans to serve an employer who, on a regular basis, provides striptease, escort services, erotic dance or erotic massages,
  • Demonstrate that you have not worked in Canada for one or more periods which total up to four years after April 1, 2011 (some exceptions apply), and
  • Provide the immigration office with any other documents that shall prove your worth to the country and the employer hiring you.

Let WWICS Global Resettlement Solutions, a leading immigration consultant, serve you and be your resource of assistance to immigrate to Canada. Pay a visit to our relevant links for extensive information about temporary work visas and immigration to Canada, in general.


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Q1. What is a temporary work visa?

A temporary work visa is a document issued by the immigration official Citizenship and Immigration Canada that allow an individual to work at a specific job for a specific employer on temporary basis.

Q2. How do Canadian immigration authorities define “work”?

As per the Immigration regulations of Canada, “work” is an activity for which remuneration or salary is earned or that competes directly with activities of the citizens or permanent residents of Canada in the country’s labour market?

Q3. What are the activities that require a temporary work visa?

The following activities require a temporary visa:-

  • Working for a Canadian employer to carry out a task which cannot be done by the existing workers of Canada.
  • Coming to the nation in order to conduct cultural, academic or research work.
  • Coming to the nation to review and/or sign international free trade agreements
  • Hired as a live-in caregiver
  • Seeking service in the country to gain international work experience
  • Working off the campus in Canada
  • Accompanying partner of work or a study permit visa holder
  • Coming to Canada in order to conduct religious or charitable work

Q4. What do I do apply for a temporary work visa?

As the basic rule, the first step is to obtain a valid job offer from an employer of Canada. Open work permits are exceptions wherein you do not need a prior job offer to apply for a temporary work visa. The next step is to fill in the application form and submit it along with the pre-defined list of documents at any of the Canadian immigration offices. Once the application is thoroughly reviewed by the Canadian immigration officials you may be called for an interview. Post interview, you shall be intimidated about the approval or refusal of your temporary work visa.

Q5. Who issues the temporary work visa?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada, a department of the Government of Canada, issues the temporary work visa.

Q6. How long will it take to get my temporary work visa?

Temporary work visas applied at a Canadian Port of Entry are generally issued at the same day to the applicants. However, most temporary work permit applications are filed outside Canada and shall take up a few weeks to issue a visa, depending on whether or not a medical examination is needed and the workload at a particular visa office to which the application has been submitted.

Q7. For how long can a temporary work visa be issued and can it be extended?

The length of a temporary work visa majorly depends upon the nature of job in Canada and the work permit category under which the application has been filed. Work visas can be extended from inside Canada, but there are some permits which have a maximum duration limit, for which extensions cannot be grated.

Q8. Do I need to appear for a medical examination?

A medical examination is a mandatory step that needs to be followed before commencing work in an occupation in which protection of the public health is important. Otherwise, depending on the country of your residence, you may be required to take a medical examination before to receiving an approval of your temporary permit in case the job offer exceeds a period of six months.

Q9. Do I need a Visitor’s visa to enter Canada as a worker?

No, there is usually no need to acquire a separate visitor’s visa to enter Canada as a worker. However, there may be certain individuals who may be asked to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) belonging to nations classified as non-permissible countries by the Canadian Government.

Q10. Why use the services of WWICS?

Obtaining a Canadian temporary work visa can be a tedious job. Availing the services of an expert consultant such as WWICS can save you time, money and efforts. Backed by a team of qualified professionals who have years of experience in visa, immigration and settlement process, WWICS guides you through the entire temporary work visa process, keeps you updated about the processing times and even takes care of all the legal formalities on your behalf, to help you obtain your work permit in the shortest possible time.

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