Each visa office abroad may have different procedures which will be listed on their individual websites. A visa officer has the right to ask for certain information from foreign workers, including:
- Proof of identity
- A valid passport or travel document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it
- Two photos of the foreign worker and two photos of all accompanying family members
- A copy of the job offer or signed employment contract
- A copy of the positive LMO issued by Service Canada (although a visa officer can access the LMO electronically, it is advised that the foreign worker be provided with a copy)
- Proof of their present immigration status in the country in which they are applying (this applies to foreign workers who are not citizens of the country in which they are applying)
Other Requirements for Work Permit Applications
- The fee for processing a work permit application is $150.
- The fee for processing a TRV is $75.
- If a foreign worker requires a TRV and a work permit, the total processing fee is $150.
- The fee for accompanying family members requiring a TRV is $75 each.
- An interview may be required if the visa office needs more information to determine whether the foreign worker is eligible to obtain a work permit.
Work Permits and Medical Examinations
Generally, a medical examination is not required for employment terms of six months or less. However, a medical examination is required under the following circumstances:
- Workers will be employed in an occupation in which the protection of public health is essential. Below is a list of occupations requiring a medical examination.
- Workers will be employed for a term greater than six months or have resided for six or more consecutive months in a country for which a medical exam may be required in the year preceding the submission of their application.
The visa office will issue the foreign workers the necessary medical documents, including a list of local medical practitioners authorized by CIC to perform the medical examinations. Foreign workers are responsible for paying the fee for the examination directly to the medical practitioner. Foreign workers who are eligible to apply for a work permit at a port of entry and who require a medical certificate must demonstrate that they have passed immigration medical requirements before arriving in Canada. A Border Services officer will not allow foreign workers to enter Canada without confirmation that a valid medical certificate has been issued.
You may have to get a medical exam because of the type of job you want to do in Canada. Example:
- workers in the health sciences field
- clinical laboratory workers
- patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes
- medical students admitted to Canada to attend university
- medical electives and physicians on short-term locums
- teachers of primary or secondary schools, or other teachers of small children
- workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly and the disabled
- day nursery employees and
- other similar jobs