Can I work in Canada if I’m not a permanent resident?

2. Fill out a work permit application form

To get a work permit you must fill out a work permit application form. You can also use this form if you have a work permit that is going to expire soon.

What you need to apply

Download and complete the application form. Read the guide for help and more information. Most people have to apply online. But you can use a paper form if you have a disability or if you don't have access to a computer.

You might have to provide the following documents:

  • proof of identity, such as a passport or national identity card
  • proof of your immigration status, for example, a copy of your student permit, or permit
  • information about your family and
  • a written job offer from your employer
  • proof that you're qualified for the job you've been offered, like a resume or trade certification

The exact documents you need to apply can be different depending on if you're applying for an open or closed work permit. To make sure that you have everything you need, the government has checklists that you must submit with your application. If you're applying from:


“Biometrics” include your fingerprints and digital photograph. If you already gave your biometrics to the Canadian government, you might not have to give them again when you apply for a work permit. Use the Check Status tool to see if your biometrics are still valid. You might also have to pay a fee of $85.

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