Working in Canada - FAQ

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The following information will guide you in applying to work in Canada. You will also find more information on working in Canada on Citizenship and Immigration Canada site.

  1. Do I need a work permit? What are the requirements for working in Canada?
  2. How do I get an application form?
  3. What are the processing fees?
  4. How do I apply?
  5. How long does it take to get a work permit?
  6. What documents should I submit with an application for a Work Permit?
  7. I need both a permit and a visa. What fees must I pay?
  8. I am a software worker interested in working in Canada. How can I work as a software professional in Canada?
  9. How can I work in Canada as a live-in caregiver?
  10. Can my spouse come to Canada with me or visit me at a later date?
  11. Where can I find more information about working in Canada?
  12. How can I find an employer in Canada?
  13. What qualifications should I demonstrate, when applying for a Work Permit?
  14. My application was refused. What can I do about it?
  15. When I entered Canada, the immigration officer gave me a Work Permit (IMM1208B). On it is written 'Does not authorize re-entry'. What does that mean?
  16. I have a work permit for Canada. How can I get a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?
  17. I am a citizen of Belarus/Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania or Poland residing abroad (f.ex. in the United Kingdom).  Where must I submit my application?
  18. Can my spouse or common-law partner and dependent children work in Canada?
  19. Will I need a medical examination?
  20. How does the law in Canada protect me, as a temporary foreign worker?
  21. What taxes and other deductions will my salary be subject to in Canada?
  22. I would like to go to Canada for a few months to work while I am on my school holidays or just to earn a little money.  How do I do this?
  23. Do I need to submit my original passport along with my application for a Work Permit?


1.  Do I need a work permit? What are the requirements for working in Canada?

In most cases, if you intend to take up temporary employment in Canada, you must first apply for and obtain a work permit before seeking entry to Canada. This can only be done once you have been offered a job in Canada and your prospective employer has demonstrated to a Human Resources and Social Development Canada office (HRSDC) in the city where the job is located, that the employment opportunities of Canadian citizens and residents would not be adversely affected.

Once your job offer confirmation has been issued by HRSDC, you will then need to apply for a Work Permit from the visa office.

For more information on the types of cases that do not require work permits or a confirmation of employment, please see Citizenship and Immigration Canada site.

2.  How do I get an application form?

3.  What are the processing fees?


You can apply by courier, mail, by leaving your application during working hours. If you are exempt from the Temporary Resident Visa requirement, you need not submit your original passport with your application.  You should rather provide a photocopy of the photo/personal information page of your passport when you apply. We do not interview every applicant for a visa.  In-person applications are accepted at the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw.   

4. How do I apply?

Find our opening hours and learn about the methods of submitting your application in greater detail

5.  How long does it take to get a work permit?

Statistical information on processing times for applications completed during the past year at visa offices around the world is available at the CIC Website.

Some cases, especially where additional information, medical examinations or an interview are required may take longer to process.

6. What documents should I submit with an application for a Work Permit?

You will need to submit the following:

  • a completed and signed application form,
  • two photographs,
  • proof of payment of processing fee,
  • your passport,
  • a written job offer from your employer,
  • proof that you meet the requirements of the job (for example, proof of certain education or work experience),
  • the positive labour market opinion on your job offer from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), if one is required. In some cases, you can submit your application while you wait for the positive labour market opinion,
  • a current police certificate from any country in which you have lived for more than six months since you turned 18.


You must pay the fees for the permit only. If you also require a visa, it will be included at no additional charge.7. I need both a permit and a visa. What fees must I pay?

If you are accompanied to Canada by a dependant (spouse, common-law partner, child) and that person requires a visa, you must also pay the processing fee for a temporary resident visa (single or multiple entry) for your dependant.

8.  I am a software worker and am interested in working in Canada. How can I work as a  software professional in Canada?

The simplified entry process for information technology (IT) specialists came to an end on September 30, 2010. For more information please see Working Temporarily in Canada:Special categories - Information technology workers


Please see Citizenship and Immigration Canada site for more information.9.  How can I work in Canada as a live-in caregiver?

10.  Can my spouse and child come with me to Canada, or visit me at a later date?

If you wish your spouse and / or child to accompany you to Canada or to join you at a later date, you must provide proof that you will be able to support them. 

If you have a job offer at the managerial, professional or skilled level, your spouse may be able to apply for an open work permit (i.e. without having an actual job offer) for the duration of your stay in Canada.

If your spouse and child wish to visit at a later date, you will have to be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support their visit and that they will return to their home country at the completion of their visit.

11. Where can I find more information about working in Canada?

You can visit the following websites for more information on working in Canada:

  • The Working in Canada Tool:
    This tool will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada and provide you with a detailed labour market information report (containing job duties, skill requirements, wage rates, etc.) for a chosen location in Canada.
  • Human Resources & Social Development Canada (HRSDC):
    This Web site has information about working in Canada and applying for a Work Permit. There is also information for employers about hiring foreign workers.


There is a strong demand for workers with many different trades in Canada. There are several methods of finding employment in Canada. See Going to Canada site for more information. 12. How can I find an employer in Canada?

13. What qualifications should I demonstrate when applying for a Work Permit?

You should acquaint yourself with the experience, educational and language qualifications set by your employer in Canada and demonstrate to us that you have these qualifications. 

You should also demonstrate that you are of good health and provide a police certificateas evidence that you were not convicted in the past.

14. My application was refused. What can I do about it?

Written reasons for the refusal are given to unsuccessful Work Permit applicants. There is no formal appeal mechanism for refused Work Permit applications.

If your circumstances have changed appreciably and you believe that they would result in a different decision, you may reapply.

If, however, there is no change in your situation, then it is unlikely that a new application would result in the issuance of a Work Permit.

What to do if an application is refused.


That means that the document alone will not allow you to re-enter Canada if you leave. You must also have a valid passport.15. When I entered Canada, the immigration officer gave me a Work Permit (IMM1208B). On it is written 'Does not authorize re-entry'. What does that mean?

If you require a temporary resident visa (TRV), you must also have a visa that is valid at the time you wish to return to Canada. The permit or visitor record does not take the place of a visa.

Please note that at any time during the validity of your work or study permit, you may re-enter Canada after a trip to the United States only, even if you do not have a valid visa.

If you re-enter Canada from any other destination, you must have a valid  visa, if you require one, to enter Canada.


Information on obtaining a Social Insurance Number.16. I have a work permit for Canada. How can I get a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?


You may apply either at the Visa Section of the Canadian diplomatic mission responsible for the country in which you are presently residing or at the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw. 17. I am a citizen of Belarus/Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania or Poland residing abroad (f.ex. in the United Kingdom).  Where must I submit my application?

Given our local expertise, which is helpful in assessing the qualifications of applicants educated/trained in Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania or Poland and could reduce the processing time of your application, you may find it a better option to courier or mail your documents to Warsaw. 

If all required documents are submitted, the processing of your application at Warsaw could take as little as one working day.


Your dependants may also be able to obtain Work Permits. 18. Can my spouse or common-law partner and dependent children work in Canada?

19. Will I need a medical examination?

In some cases you will need a medical examination. If a medical examination is required, you will be informed by an officer who will send you instructions on how to proceed. A medical examination may add a few weeks to the processing of your application.

The officer’s decision is based on the type of job you will have and the country you lived in during the past year.

If you wish to work in health services, child care, primary or secondary education, you will need a medical examination and a satisfactory medical assessment before a work permit can be issued to you.

If you want to work in agricultural occupations, a medical examination will be required if you have lived in certain countries.

Information on medical examination requirements.


As a foreign temporary worker, you have legal rights to fair working conditions and fair treatment under labour laws in most provinces and territories. Working conditions, such as minimum hourly wages, vary widely in Canada according to provincial or territorial law.20. How does the law in Canada protect me, as a temporary foreign worker?

It is your responsibility to find out the labour laws in the province or territory where you work. See the list of provincial and territorial labour standards offices for contact information.

21. What taxes and other deductions will my salary be subject to in Canada?

On each pay cheque that you receive in Canada, a part of your earnings will be deducted to pay taxes. Learn more about the most common payroll deductions that will appear on your pay cheque.

22. I would like to go to Canada for a few months to work while I am on my school holidays or just to earn a little money.  How do I do this?

International Experience Canada provides young Poles and young Canadians each year with the opportunity to acquire professional or hands-on experience, as well as to improve their knowledge of languages, culture and society of the other country, while holding a temporary work permit.

Through International Experience Canada, you can apply for a temporary work permit to travel and work in Canada for up to one year.

23. Do I need to submit my original passport along with my application for a Work Permit?

No, if you are exempt from the Temporary Resident Visa requirement.  You should then submit a photocopy of the photo/personal information page of your passport.

If you are not exempt from the Temporary Resident Visa requirement, you should submit your original passport along with your application for a Work Permit.

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