Visitor visa into a Work Permit inside Canada

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To apply for a work permit in Canada, you need to understand some specific terms. A work permit is a document that allows you to live, study, and work in Canada. It is a temporary permit that can be extended if needed. Before you can be hired as a foreign worker, the Canadian employer must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) certificate. This certificate proves that there are no Canadian citizens available for the job.


You can apply for a Work Permit after entering Canada through the following steps:

  1. Apply for a Job in Canada๐Ÿ

    You can apply for jobs through various Job Portals such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, or Individual Company Websites. Although, your resume should be in accordance with Canadian standards. Start by searching for potential job offers in Canada. This step involves conducting thorough research and applying for positions that interest you

  2. Get a job

    Once you have found a job offer that suits your career goals and preferences, accept employment by going through the hiring process. This may involve interviews, skill assessments, and negotiations regarding salary and benefits. Ensure that the job offer aligns with the requirements specified by the IRCC.

  3. Get an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) Approved Offer Letter

    LMIA is a tool to protect work rights for Canadian Citizens. For an Employer to give you an LMIA offer letter, he/she needs to prove that you are the best individual for the position and it can't be replaced by a Canadian Citizen. In most cases, your employer will be responsible for initiating and completing the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. You can refer to the IRCC website for more information and to understand if your job falls under the LMIA exemption category. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship.html

  4. Apply for your Work Permit๐Ÿ

    After the LMIA process is completed or an LMIA exemption is confirmed, you can proceed with applying for the work permit. This can be done either online or through the Flag Polling process, which involves presenting your application and documents in person at a designated location. Follow the IRCC guidelines and provide correct information and supporting documents to avoid any delays or rejections.

  5. Get your work permit in Canada and start working

    Once your application is approved, you will receive your work permit. This document allows you to legally work in Canada. Make sure to acknowledge all the conditions and regulations associated with the work permit. Once you have the permit in hand, you can start working in your chosen job position and contribute to the Canadian workforce.

    Once your application is approved, you will receive your work permit. This document allows you to legally work in Canada. Make sure to acknowledge all the conditions and regulations associated with the work permit. Once you have the permit in hand, you can start working in your chosen job position and contribute to the Canadian workforce.

Documents you need to apply for a Work Permit application:

  • Legal travel certificate โ€“ passport with 6 months or additional validity from the scheduled date of entrance in Canada
  • Latest passport-sized photos
  • Educational certificates and proof of work experience
  • Proof of money to cover the income in Canada
  • Submission fee
  • Police verification documents
  • Medical documents๐Ÿ

Applying for a Work Permit inside Canada

Flag poling process: The flag poling process for securing a work permit inside Canada refers to the method of leaving the country, crossing the border, and immediately re-entering in order to complete the necessary immigration-related procedures. It allows you to accomplish important tasks such as applying for work permits or extending existing permits without having to go through the lengthy process of mailing their applications and waiting for a decision.

A step-by-step description of the flag poling process for a work permit:

  • Gather Documents
  • Research Border Crossing Points
  • Choose a correct Time
  • Travel to the Border
  • Approach the Border Officer
  • Submit Documents
  • Pay Fees, If Applicable
  • Biometrics and Processing
  • Receive Stamped Passports and Work Permit
  • Re-entry๐Ÿ


Path for Immigration: Workers in Canada have a lot of paths for permanently immigrating to Canada. Some of them are: DLI: Tourists who want to enroll in a long-term educational program in Canada can apply from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) 

  1. Students who successfully complete their prerequisite program must then apply for a new study permit and demonstrate that they have met all of the admission requirements. 
  2. Study for a minimum of 8 months in a Designated Learning Institute (DLI), in order to be eligible for PGWP.


Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP): You may receive the Open Work Permit once you complete your study term and enjoy the benefits of PGWP. The total process of changing status from a visitor to the point you get a Work Permit ranges between about 10 โ€“ 17 months. and work up to 20hrs per week.

Benefits of having a Work Permit in Canada

Having a Work Permit in Canada can bring many benefits to the visa holder. Some of the benefits are

  • Allows you to work anywhere and for any employer in Canada
  • You may be eligible to bring your spouse and dependent children to Canada
  • Children who are school-aged can attend Canadian educational institutes without needing separate study permits
  • A work visa gives you a pathway to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident 
  • The applicant can work in Canada under the company that is declared in the work permit application
  • The applicant can apply for a dependent visa to carry the family to live with the applicant in Canada
  • The applicant can travel from corner to corner in Canada
  • The applicant can submit for PR Visa at an advanced stage


To apply for a work permit as a visitor in 2023, you need to follow some rules provided by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). To be eligible for the work permit, the applicant must have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply. Moreover, they should have a job offer that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment. It is crucial to meet all the standard admissibility criteria as well. The application for an employer-specific work permit needs to be submitted no later than February 28, 2025.

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