Working in Canada on a visitor visa
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Working in Canada on a visitor visa

53 views • Sep 09th, 2020

Like most countries, Canada also has a rule stating that visitors should not work in the country without work permits. Hence, most people cannot work in Canada while on a visitor visa for their vacation or visiting family.

There are some programs which give opportunities for the visitors to apply for a work permit while they are still holding visitors’ visa.

How to obtain a work permit by being a Canadian visitor? 

If you are under Canada on a visiting visa and applying for a work permit, in most situations, the work permit is denied. There are a specific set of conditions under which you can work while you are still on the visitor’s visa, while it is very easy to apply if you are outside the country and have the right skills.

You can apply and get a permit to work under the following circumstances as dictated by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).

  • If your spouse or parent holds a valid study or work permit
  • If you want to change your work permit from one type to another
  • If you have a temporary resident permit whose validity is longer than 6 months
  • If you are a permanent resident applicant, you can apply for a work permit if your processing is being done while still in Canada.

You need to pay the concerned fees and search for the offices which you need to apply in. There will be specific situations in which you will need to submit this application to an Embassy in your homeland, even if you can apply while you are in Canada.

You can consider visiting Canada on a work-based program

Canada welcomes tourists so that it can economically benefit from the money of the tourists.

The country also issues visas to improve its economy through labor and investment programs. Through these programs, Canada addresses its labor needs.

There is a considerable chance that your employer will ask you to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) while applying for a temporary work permit. This will allow the employer to hire you under the work permit.

Work permits are given to temporary residents so that Canadian citizens' jobs and permanent residents are safeguarded. At the same time, the vacancies in the labor market can be filled.

If your spouse or common-law partner is a temporary worker and you are applying because of them, they need to show that they have a job of their own. You will then need to show that your permit is valid for more than 6 months. You also need to show that our job comes under skill level 0 or A or B in the National Occupational Classification.

Some provincial programs may come to your aid while applying for a work permit, depending upon the area you choose to live in Canada. Some provinces invite investors and workers under business impact programs on labor impact categories.

Types of a visitor visa to Canada

The visitor visa's main purpose is to allow people to come to the country for vacation or to meet family and friends.

The duration of your visit depends upon the purpose of your arrival to the country.

You can apply for a single-entry visa or multiple-entry visa while applying for a Canadian visitor visa. Under the multiple entry visa, you can come to Canada multiple times in 10 years. On each arrival, you can stay up to 6 months in the country. Under the single-entry visa, you can come to Canada only once, and if you return to your homeland, you have to reapply to a visitor visa if you want to come again.

By using these visas, you can come to Canada and, in exceptional situations, can apply for a work permit while you are still in Canada, on a visitor visa.

What are the necessary documents required to apply for a Canada Visit/Tourist Visa?

  • A completely Signed and filled Canada visa application form.
  • A Passport with Validity
  • Two recent passport size photographs, sized 35mm x 45mm (with white background)
  • Original covering letter from the applicant on company letterhead with their name, purpose, designation, and duration of the visit.
  • Proof of employment like Appointment Letter or Salary Slip.
  • The letter must be signed by an authorized personnel and must include the company stamp to be valid.
  • A Valid Bank statement showing transactions of the past 6 months, traveller’s check, fixed deposits, with copies of the applicant’s credit card, property paper, and Occupational Viability.
  • Birth Certificate