Work Visa

Open Work Permit

 Under this work permit the candidate is free to work with any employer in Canada. This work permit can be applied at the port of entry or at a Canadian office in candidate’s home country. Usually these permits are valid for 1 or 2 years depending on the contract and offer of employment from the employer. Different categories of people who can qualify for an open work permit are:


  • People taking part in exchange programs

  • Religious/charity workers

  • International students going to Canada for their co-op work placements or internships which are a part of their education program

  • Workers nominated by an specific province in Canada

  • Spouses or dependent children of workers in Canada through a certain pilot project or who are highly skilled and in demand in Canada

  • Intra company transferees

  • Medical fellows/researchers/visiting professors

  • Candidates on working holiday program

  • Candidates under the young professionals’ category

The intra company transfer work permit allows the international companies to transfer their certain employees; usually on the managerial levels to their Canadian branches. This visa gives an opportunity for a business to expand in the Canadian market or send their employees to Canada for temporary project or expansion. The applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for an Intra company transfer program:


  • Have worked for a foreign company for at least 1 year on a full time basis

  • Have held a specialized knowledge position or a senior managerial level position and is going to Canada to take up a similar role.

  • Have been offered a position with the Canadian branch, affiliate or subsidiary/parent of the foreign company.


The length the candidates get their work permit for depends on their level they work in the company on. This validity could be from 1 year up to 5 or 7 years.

Intra-Company Transfers

Young Professionals

This category of work visa is only for people from certain countries. Individuals between the age of 18-30 or 18-35 depending on their nationality can apply for this visa. Based on the agreements different countries and Canada, this category of work visa is available to nationals of Australia, Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

To apply for this visa, the candidate needs to have a written job offer and a contract from an eligible employer in Canada. Candidates are expected to have a bank balance of CD$2,500 to sustain themselves for the first 3 months of their stay in Canada as well as a travel insurance for the proposed time of their stay in Canada. Candidates can get a work permit for 1 or 2 years depending on the nationality and there is also a provision to re-apply for the work visa once the visa expires.

Canadian Experience Class

This is a category of immigration/work permit where the individuals who have already worked in Canada can apply for a permanent residency allowing them to work and live in Canada and eventually qualify to apply for the citizenship. The CIC is accepting only a maximum of 8,000 applications under this category with a sub cap in certain occupations. To qualify for this program the candidate must:


  • have acquired 12 months of full time work experience in an occupation in the skill level 0, A or B of the National Occupation Classification(NOC) list and they are of a managerial, professional, technical or skilled trade nature.

  • have acquired the work experience in Canada within 3 years immediately preceding the application

  • can demonstrate a sufficient proficiency in English or French language from designated language testing centers like IELTS or TEF

  • does not have any kind of medical or criminal issues in or outside Canada


The following occupations are not accepted under this category:


  • 1221 Administrative Officers

  • 1241 Administrative Assistants

  • 1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

  • 6211 Retail sales supervisors

  • 6311 Food service supervisors

  • 6322 Cooks


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