If you are planning to work in Canada, you must get a Temporary Work Permit which allows you to find an employer. This work visa for Canada is not permanent and will expire after a few months or years depending on the type you have. This means that after the visa expires, you must return to your home country unless you apply to get it extended or renewed. You cannot stay and work in Canada after your visa expires because you will put yourself at risk for deportation, which means you will not be able to get a Canada visa again.

There are two programs you can apply to:

Temporary Foreign Worker Program - for which you will need a LMIA;

International Mobility Program - for which you don't need a LMIA. 

The IRCC has endorsed changes, such as one application for all candidates inside or outside Canada, accelerated processing times, no need for a medical exam in the first place, etc.

Anyone who is seeking to work and live in Canada must obtain a Temporary Work Permit. People who don’t need a work permit are: 

Foreign government workers and representatives, including their family members;
Military personnel;
Business visitors;
Performing artists;
Religious workers;
Judges, referees or workers alike;
Media workers and news reporters;
Public speakers and convention organizers;
Evaluators and examiners;
Medical students and students working on campus;
Civil aviation inspectors;
Emergency service providers;
Expert witnesses and investigators;
Researchers who come to Canada to work only 120 days.


If you cannot find yourself on this list, then you need a Temporary Work Permit.

If you want to get the Foreign Temporary Work Permit, then you need to find a Canadian company that will be willing to hire you.  You can do that through our Solid Visa Job Board.

LMIA Requirement

After you find the job, the company that has agreed to hire you must apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Government of Canada. A LMIA is a document which the government issues and serves as an authorization for the company to hire foreign temporary workers.

The LMIA states that the job given to the foreign worker does not take away jobs from Canadian citizens or permanent residents, but instead it was necessary because the citizens and permanent residents were not qualified or available to work.