Work Permits

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Overview of Work Permits

Work permits are needed by foreign nationals to work in Canada. Come explore with us as we explore the following work permits mentioned below:

  • LMIA Work Permit
  • Intra Company Transfers
  • Job Offers

LMIA Work Permit


A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that is needed by the employer before hiring a foreign worker.

A positive LMIA which is sometimes referred to as a confirmation letter shows that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. This means that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job and that is why the employer is looking for the candidate outside.

  • A worker will need the following documents:
  • A job offer letter
  • A contract
  • A copy of the LMIA, and
  • The LMIA number

Intra Company Transfers

The Intra-Company Transfer which is also called Canada ICT Visa is designed to facilitate the hiring of temporary skilled workers who have specialized knowledge of the business.

One can secure a Canadian work permit through the Intra-Company Transfer program if one works for a company that has a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate in Canada.

Those employers who bring international staff to Canada as intra-company transferees are exempted from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). It is quicker, simpler, and more cost-effective than the LMIA route.

A foreign worker must fall into one of three defined categories in order to be eligible to work in Canada:

  • Executives
  • Senior managers
  • Workers with ‘specialized knowledge

Work permit Canada

An employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions specified in your work permit. These are of two types:

  1. Open work permit: Since it is not job-specific you will not need the following when you apply for your work permit:
  • A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada.
  • A proof that an employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.
  1. Closed work permit:

These work permits are issued to foreign workers who want to work in the specific position and for the specific employer that is listed on the LMIA.

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