If you already have a job, and you’re being relocated to Canada, you may still need to apply for a work permit. While no other documents, besides a letter from your employer may be needed, there is a lot of information that you will need to provide on your application form. Click here to learn everything you will need to put on your application. It’s a good idea to get the process started before you actually make the move to Canada. Click this link to head over to the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration website. There you can download all the necessary application forms to get a jumpstart on your new career in Canada.
Business travelers entering Canada for working trips do not have to apply for a work permit. Other visitors who may not require a work permit include foreign government officials and their families, convention organizers, flight crew members and public speakers. Jobs which are typically difficult to fill may also receive special consideration when applying for a work permit.
Intra-company transferees, who have been employed by the same company for more than three years in Mexico or the United States, can also apply for work permits. The transfer must be temporary and for the same company or one of its affiliates. The job to be filled should be a managerial or an executive position, or is one which requires specialty knowledge not easily be found in the Canadian workforce.
A trader or investor planning a significant trade agreement between their country of residence and Canada, or planning a substantial investment in Canada may also receive special consideration for work permits. The applicant must be of executive or supervisory status in the company or have essential skills in the field.
The length of time it takes to receive your work permit after application varies, depending on where you are applying. There are a few things you can do to speed up the process.
- include all the necessary information with your application
- notify the visa office of any changes to the information on your application
- avoid unnecessary inquiries to the visa office
- provide photocopies and documents that are clear and legible
- provide certified English or French translations of documents, where required, and
- apply from a country where you are a citizen or permanent resident
The process will take longer if:
- there are criminal or security problems with your application
- your family situation is not clear because of an event, such as a divorce or an adoption that is not yet complete or child custody issues that have not been resolved
- the local visa office has to consult with other Citizenship and Immigration Canada offices in Canada or abroad
- you require a medical examination.
More information on work permit applications can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply-how.asp