The process for obtaining
a Canadian work permit varies greatly depending on which type of work permit a person is applying for. For example, an
international student studying in Canada will oftentimes be automatically issued authorization to work part-time as part of their
study permit authorization.
Most closed work permit applications require that a foreign national has an official job offer from a Canadian employer which is
supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Even those who are LMIA-exempt or exempt from requiring a work
permit should be aware of the unique documentation they need to prepare in order to ensure they are granted entry to Canada.
There are two general pathways for obtaining a Canadian work permit: a closed (restricted) work permit and an open work
Closed work permits are tied to specific employers, this means that a foreign national issued a closed work permit must remain
working with the same employer at the same location unless they change their work permit.