Application to Work in Canada — Work Permits

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Starting October 26, 2015, CIC is introducing a new electronic system, the Employer Portal.

Employers must submit offers of employment in Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt situations directly to CIC using this new system. The previous form, IMM 5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment, will no longer be accepted.

If an employer has already provided a completed form to a foreign worker, the worker should submit a work permit application prior to November 21, 2015. If the foreign worker does not submit their application before this date, the employer must resubmit the Offer of Employment using the Employer Portal.

The Employer Portal is part of changes introduced on February 21, 2015 and will be available on CIC’s website on October 26, 2015.

To apply for a work permit you can:

Apply online

You must have:

  • Access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents to upload, and
  • A valid credit card to pay with

Apply online for a work permit

Apply on paper

Read the instruction guide to get all the details to apply on paper.

Once you have read the guide, you can prepare your application package. You must select the country/territory from which you will be applying to get your local visa office instructions.

Find out if you are eligible

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