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How to Get a Canadian Work Visa Permit Under NAFTA

Canadian Work Visa Permit Under NAFTA

Canada has an increasing number of opportunities for skilled people and those who can adapt to the new environment. Due to the shortage of skilled labor in many professions, Canada has offered attractive options for people to either directly immigrate to Canada or to work in Canada, thus working for the growth of economy of the country. If you are looking to enter Canada for work, what you are going to need is a Canadian work visa permit. This permit allows you to work in Canada on a full-time basis.

The Application Requires Planning!

Although the Canadian visa office receives thousands of applications for Canadian work visa permits, not all candidates are awarded one. Even the most qualified applicants are sometimes rejected. This is because of the strict visa policies. Indeed, Canada is in continuous search of skilled labour, but to frustrate fraudulent activities and suspicious endeavours, the applications have to go through rigorous scrutiny, which may also require the applicant to be called for an interview with a visa representative.

People often submit their applications light-hearted and overconfident. However, it needs to be properly understood that even the most qualified and experienced workers have been denied the Canadian work visa permit. The process needs careful planning, and you need to make sure that all the required and true documents have been submitted to the visa office for assessment. Moreover, continuous communication is also needed as the office may request additional documents.

We Have Been Helping People with Canadian Work Visa Permit Needs

What can we do for you? We cannot guarantee you the work permit. Our qualified and experienced representatives keep a vigilant eye on the changing policies, and we try our best to find the best possible solution for our clients. Getting a Canadian work visa permit is not easy; however, by presenting a credible and complete case, we help clients increase their chances of getting a positive response from the Canadian visa office.

I Am an American. Do I Need a Work Visa to Work in Canada?

Yes. You still need a Canadian work permit before you can work in Canada. However, things are much easier if you are a US citizen. The NAFTA agreement between Canada and the USA has streamlined the process of selection for the work visa. The North American Free Trade Agreement has made trade relationships much stronger between Canada, the US and Mexico.

According to NAFTA, you can apply for a Canadian Work Permit if you have a letter of offer from a Canadian employer.

What do You Need for a Work Visa?

Under the NAFTA, you must be:

  • A citizen of the US
  • Have an offer of a job from a Canadian employer
  • At least one year of experience in specific fields (see below)

Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee that you will be granted a Canadian work visa. Your employer also needs to submit a number of proofs and must go through a scrutiny process before he/she can sponsor you.

Work Visas are Refused for even US citizensǃ

Getting a Canadian work visa is a complex process, and things can get tricky at times. You must be very vigilant and aware of the changing visa policies and need to plan and carefully draft your application. It is unwise to assume that applications from the citizens of the US are not refused.

Occupation List of the NAFTA for Canadian Work Permit

This is the occupation list of the NAFTA, and if your profession lies in this list, you are eligible to apply under the NAFTA agreement. However, if you can’t find your profession, there are still other routes for getting the work visa:


  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • College Teacher
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Disaster Relief Insurance Adjuster
  • Economist
  • Biologist
  • Engineer
  • Forester
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Lawyer (including Quebec Notary)
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Mathematician / Statistician
  • Range Manager / Conservationist
  • Research Assistant (post-secondary)
  • Scientific Technician / Technologist
  • Seminary


  • Agriculturist
  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Scientist
  • Apiculturist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Meteorologist
  • Physicist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Zoologist

Medical Professionals:

  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse

We can Help You!

We have dealt with hundreds of immigration cases. We have helped our clients in their difficult situations and have guided them to draft a more effective application. We can help you draft your application and arrange the required documents. A well-planned and complete application will increase your likelihood of acceptance and will save you from hassle.

If you are worried about the legal fees – Don’t be! Our goal is to help everyone that is interested in immigrating to Canada. Contact us and we can provide numerous options for you. If you are still not sure, feel free to get back to us. We will review your case before you submit it to give you the best possible outcome.

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For further information with respect to your Canadian immigration, we invite you to contact our experienced immigration representatives.

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