Application to Work in Canada: Work Permits
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This kit includes the following:
Checklist of Documents [IMM 5488] ( PDF , 32 KB )
Application for a work permit made outside of Canada [IMM 1295] ( PDF , 364 KB )
About the Family Information [IMM 5645] ( PDF , 59 KB )
Appendix 1 - Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada [IMM 5257 - Schedule 1] ( PDF , 83 KB )
Declaration of Union [IMM 5409] ( PDF , 99 KB )
Visa application: Photograph Specifications
Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] ( PDF , 55 KB )
Instruction Guide [IMM 5487]
This request must be made by people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who wish to work temporarily in Canada. If the application is approved, a work permit will be issued.
A temporary resident visa may also be required. See the list of countries and territories require a visa .
NEW: We have introduced a new form of Application for a work permit made outside of Canada [IMM 1295] along with additional forms and an instruction guide. Read the guide carefully as it contains important information on how to complete the form.
Each applicant must complete and sign their own form, including those traveling with family. For applicants under 18, their form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Many visa offices have local guidelines regarding the documents to accompany your application. See the list of Canadian visa offices abroad for the office responsible for your region, the documents required and how to apply.
All applicants must include payment of fees. To check the acceptable methods of payment, visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for your area.
Form Application for a work permit made outside of Canada [IMM 1295] only works with Adobe Reader 8.1 or later versions. It can be completed and saved to the computer.
Complete the form to the computer is easier and reduces the risk of errors that can extend the processing of an application.
To ensure you submit all pages of the application form [IMM 1295]
Click the "OK" at the top or bottom of the form.
A fifth page with bar code and a field for the signature will be automatically created.
Print, sign and date the form.
Place the bar code page (page 5 of 5) over each individual request.
For more information on the form of bar codes .
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