Employer Specific Work Permit

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What is an Employer Specific Work Permit?

An Employer Specific Work Permits allows employers to hire foreign workers to specifically work for them for a specified time. This means successful applicants are only authorized to work for one employer, in one position, and at one location in Canada. This is more rigid than a restricted Open Work Permit. Usually, programs that offer Employer Specific Work Permits will require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which classifies applicants in different skills groups from High or Low categories. The purpose of an LMIA is to ensure that these jobs could not be filled by Canadians or Permanent Residents and so foreign workers are needed. Despite its limitations, applicants have an opportunity to temporarily work in Canada and gain Canadian work experience which will be a pathway to Permanent Residence.

The following below are some of the immigration programs that can offer Employer Specific Work Permits:

  • Global Talent Streams (GTS)
  • Intra-Company Transferees
  • Express Entry Programs
  • Pilot Programs


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