Temporary Work Permit in Canada

A temporary work visa is for immigrants who seek to work for a short period of time in Canada. The duration of the visa is for six months to two years. The federal government developed the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for qualified foreign skilled workers, unskilled workers, live-in caregivers and agricultural workers.

To be entitled for the program, an immigrant is required to hold a valid job offer in Canada. This qualifies them to apply for the Express Entry (EE) process after they gain a year of work experience on the Temporary Work Permit.

Process to apply for a Temporary Work Permit:

The employee applies for Labour Market Impact Assessment

Before issuing a Temporary Work Permit, a Canadian employer is required to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The LMIA has to confirm that there are no Canadian citizens or permanent residents accessible before they approve the permit.

An employer makes a temporary Job Offer

Once the LMIA has confirmed, the employer can give a temporary job to a foreign worker. The employer must send a duplicate of the positive LMIA result and the job offer letter to the worker.


Once the work permit application is endorsed by the Canadian government, the individual will be informed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Thereafter, the worker is eligible to enter Canada with their spouse and dependent children.

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Annually, more than three hundred thousand foreign workers rely on the Canadian government for Temporary Work Permits. A work permit application requires the foreign applicant to complete several forms and submit multiple supporting documents.

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