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Work, Immigrate

Candidates interested in the Work And Immigration option must first obtain a job visa, then go to Canada, and then gain work experience in Canada. Following it, you can then submit the visa application.

It can take up to 1 to 5 years to immigrate via this route. Here’s TL;DR

Apply for a work permit

1-12 months

Acquire Canadian work experience

6 months – 3 years

Apply for immigration

7-8 months

This route is most common for those who already have a job offer in Canada, own a business there, or meet the requirements for an open work permit. Applicants usually have poor scores, lack a work permit, or lack a job offer in Canada, making them ineligible for direct immigration applications like Express Entry.



The first and most challenging stage is to obtain a work permit. Two categories of work permits are available to foreign nationals seeking employment in Canada: Open Work Permits, which are not tied to a specific employer, and Employer-specific Work Permits, sometimes known as closed work permits.

Open work permits are rarely awarded unless, in exceptional cases, most applicants instead strive to secure employer-specific ones.

  • Employer-specific Work Permits

The following are examples of popular types of restricted work permits:

    • LMIA-supported work permits necessitate the sponsorship of a Canadian employer to be granted entry to the country (LMIA). This category accounts for the vast bulk of Canada’s annual work visa allocation. .
    • Permits for working in Canada that are issued under trade agreements, such as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which allows citizens of the United States and Mexico to apply for a work permit through their prospective employer. This work visa is the quickest to obtain because it only requires an application and a passport photo at a port of entry (POE).
    • Those who wish to apply for work permits as intra-company transferees must demonstrate that they are either a senior management or a worker with specialised knowledge in a Canadian company with a branch outside Canada.
    • Those seeking significant benefit work permits must demonstrate that they will positively impact Canada’s economy, culture, or technology. A business startup, acquisition, or operation is often required to qualify for this work visa.
    • To qualify for a work visa based on reciprocal employment arrangements, the applicant and the employer must provide evidence that they have offered Canadians living abroad the same or comparable job opportunities.
    • In some cases, you may have more than one choice when it comes to obtaining a work visa. An LMIA-supported work visa or a Significant Benefit work permit may be requested by an applicant who has invested in or founded a business in Canada.
  • Open Work Permits

An applicant is eligible for an open work permit if they meet all of the following conditions:

    • Conform to the guidelines set forth by the IRCC’s short-term public policies, such as the open work permit policy adopted in reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    • international student who has just recently completed postsecondary education in Canada
    • Application for Canadian permanent residency was granted in principle
    • Applied and was approved for the International Experience Canada (IEC) programme
    • Are living in Canada with a foreigner as a spouse or common-law partner
    • If you or a member of your family is a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person, etc.
    • To be a young worker taking part in International Experience Canada
    • Are a destitute international student
    • Subject to a defunct removal order (the person may have no means of support if removed, or the removal order is being appealed)
    • Keep in mind that these are the typical routes to obtaining a work visa.


It is possible that the applicant will meet the requirements for Canadian immigration if they obtain a work visa, arrives in Canada, and has Canadian work experience (also called permanent residence). Applicants to Canada have a choice between a federal and a provincial route.

    • The Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program are all federal immigration alternatives. Express Entry applications have the shortest processing times across the board.
    • Provincial Nomination Programs are one type of immigration option available at the provincial level (PNPs). There are over 80 Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in Canada. These programmes actively recruit and select talented workers and entrepreneurs who are interested in settling in the nominating province or territory and who will contribute to its economic growth.

Following are the most popular immigration petitions:

    • Alberta Opportunity Stream: Unlike other Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs), the Alberta Opportunity Stream does not have requirements for the applicant’s age, level of education, or language proficiency (CLB 4/5) and does not require a minimum number of employees at the Alberta business sponsoring the applicant’s nomination.
    • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream: This PNP, sometimes called “Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream,” is nearly identical to the one just described. The candidate must also be a Manitoba resident and be employed in the province for a minimum of six months before submitting an application.
    • Canadian Experience Class under Express Entry: Applicants can earn up to 380 additional points for having a work visa and Canadian work experience, bringing the total required to be asked to apply to work in Canada to between 450 and 470.