As far as the economy of Canada is concerned, it is no doubt one of the most prosperous countries in the world. According to Wikipedia, the Canadian economy is one of the world’s most developed market economies. The country’s GDP is ranked 10th in nominal terms and 16th in absolute terms. In the same way that other developed nations employ a high percentage of their citizens and foreigners in the country, the country’s economy is dominated by the service industry.
With Canada’s economy growing day by day, there is an urgent need to increase the number of skilled workers and manpower in the country to drive its booming economy forward. If you are planning to work in Canada, you will need a work permit issued by the Canadian government. Below are the steps to follow on how to apply for a Canadian work permit.
STEP 1: THE FIRST THING TO DO IS TO CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
Before you can apply for a work permit, it is recommended for you to secure a job with a Canadian company, as you need to secure a job offer from a Canadian company in order to receive a work permit. You will receive credentials and documentation for your work visa application from your employer and they will sponsor your application for your work visa. There are situations where a LMIA is not required, such as when employment is carried out under the terms of an international agreement such as NAFTA.
For the purpose of completing your work permit application, you may need to request a copy of your employer’s LMIA. Check out the requirements for an open work permit if you don’t currently have a job. An open work permit is a difficult one to get. This permit gives you the right to work in Canada for almost any company if you meet the basic qualifications and meet some additional requirements in order to qualify. Some of the basic qualification requirements include:
Status as a permanent resident of Canada
Families of permanent Canadian residents who have a dependent family member
International students’ or skilled workers’ spouses
Studying abroad but unable to afford it
Protected persons, refugees, or their families
Resident with a temporary permit
STEP 2: APPLY ONLINE
In order to apply for a Canadian work permit, you must scan all your documents. Before beginning the application process, you should make sure all your documents are high quality. There are a few documents you will need depending on where you are entering from.
A valid passport
You meet the requirements for employment
Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec, if in Quebec
STEP 3: PAY THE APPLICATION FEE
A three-tiered application fee, processing fee, and biometrics fee must be paid after you submit your application online. In addition to the processing fee, you must pay the application and bio-metrics in a separate online form at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/fees/index.asp. Work permit fees are $155 CAD and can be paid online. The biometrics fee is $85 CAD, plus $100 CAD for an open work permit.
STEP 4 DO YOUR BIOMETRICS AT A VISA CENTER.
A digital photo and fingerprints are currently required for identification purposes for all visa applicants from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. They will be required for all visa applicants shortly.
Your biometrics must be submitted at a Visa Application Center (VAC) that has been approved by the Government of Canada. You can find a list of VACs at http://www.canada.ca. United States applicants can go to Application Support Centers throughout the country to submit their biometrics. Just like with the VACs, it is necessary for you to make an advanced appointment with the Centers before visiting them.
STEP 5: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Finally, your application must be sent to the appropriate location (based on the type of application they are submitting) if your family members are also applying to you. You should then send their applications together as one package to the same location where your application will be processed. You can find out more about where to submit your application by visiting the official site of Canada.ca.