Canadian work permit, how to apply?

by Basma Ihmaidan
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You still don’t know the steps to get a work permit? You’re in the right place! The work permit has very specific steps and requirements that as a foreign national you should meet.

Depending on your profile you can apply to some of these permits that will allow you to study and work. These are:

  • Study permit
  • Post-graduation work permit
  • And Working holiday visas, to name a few.

You should apply to the one that best suits your current needs.

As an international student, it is recommended to you go through these steps shown to get your work permit.

Getting your Canadian Work Permit

The main goal as a foreign national before working your way to a permanent residency is getting a work permit. To get it, besides being persistent and constant, you have different ways to achieve your goal.

These are some of the specific steps that you should follow to apply to your Canadian work permit:

1. Assess your current situation and legal status

It is recommended that assess your current situation since there are different ways of getting a Canadian work permit.

You should choose an option according to your skills and status if you have a study visa you have a whole world of possibilities ahead of you when it comes to your professional future in Canada.

If this is not your case, you can still apply to government programs specifically created for people who want to come as a qualified professional and complete a higher education program.

2. Talk to a regulated Canadian immigration consultant

Unfortunately, many people unknowingly, invest a great deal of time and money working with fake or ‘ghosts’ immigration consultants. These are people that are not certified to represent clients in Canadian immigration-related matters.

We recommend that in order to apply to your work permit, you should first talk to a regulated immigration consultant.

You can look up a consultant’s licence number or name on the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s website. If they don’t provide these details, you don’t have any proof that the information they are providing is reliable. Please keep this in mind while applying.

3. Get your work permit

If you already have a visa or work permit, continue to step 4. If not, you might want to know which are some of the programs that can help you work and immigrate to Canada.

One of the most common options to get this permit is through higher education programs. The benefits you can get with these types of permits are very interesting. They can even help you with your permanent residency process.

Each program is designed for a specific type of profile. It is why according to your skills and goals you should learn and know which of these programs to apply to work in Canada.

Remember, working without a valid work permit can affect your visa or permit application and risk your stay in the country.

Besides, in Canada, there are strict laws when it comes to hiring foreign nationals without a valid permit or that do not meet the necessary requirements to apply.

Once you get the work permit, it doesn’t end here. There are other aspects you should consider which we’ll go over next.

4. Set your goals. Time is money!

You have finally got your work permit and now you start a new stage in your life, now you should look for a job and it is time to set your goals to have a plan, this is a crucial part of your future success in this country, not only to get a job in Canada but for many other aspects in your life.

The best approach is to set short, medium and long-term goals, and be aware of the funds you have for this endeavour.

At Information Planet we know that setting long-term goals is the big first step you should make. Just this way you can know the funds you need to invest to reach your goal.

Depending on these funds, you should come up with the short-term plan, since it will be the stepping stone which it will help you make your dreams come true.

The short-term goals will keep you motivated. You can set milestones according to the time it takes to process your permanent residency if that is your goal. Remember that a well-defined plan can save you a lot of time and money.

We recommend you to perform a skill and experience assessment. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is my goal?
  2. Where am I?
  3. What do I need to reach my goal?
  4. Do I have a good English level?

Only you know the answer to these, depending on the goals that you have set for your stay in Canada. When you set a medium and long-term plan you must be specific and realistic with what you want to accomplish.

As a golden rule, you must never give up, we know that the process can be tedious, but you should keep positive.

Also, you can request a free appointment with our Education Planners in Canada. They have the experience and knowledge to provide a professional guidance throughout the process since their main goal is to help international students to choose the best program according to their goals.

5. Make sure you have an excellent level of English

To make progress in Canada is necessary to have a strong command of the English language, this is why you need to be honest when asking yourself this question. Also, there are provinces where you will need to have good French skills.

If you are looking for a job and do not have a strong command of the English language, chances are that the odds of getting the job you want might decrease when competing with more fluent candidates, or that you get stuck in ‘survival jobs’ that do not meet your expectations.

To improve your level of English you can take a course, and if attending school during the day is a problem for you, you can take a night/evening course in a recognized Canadian institution.


As an extra tip, when performing your skills assessment you have to be honest with yourself in order to improve.

If you have any doubts regarding the process and legal requirements, do not make the common mistake of following your friend’s advice blindly as good-intentioned that it might be. Remember that each case is different and it could risk your Canadian work permit process.

Take advantage of the free appointments with our experts at Information Planet, it can be a great advantage to have someone to guide you through your process.

If you want to know more about how to get the Canadian Work Permit, we invite you to download our guide What your friend doesn’t know about Working in Canada. With this guide, you will know everything you need to avoid getting lost with all the requirements and documentation.

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