If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and would like to work in Canada as a foreign temporary worker, it is most likely that you require to apply for a work permit.
A work permit is a written authorization issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
that allows a person who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident to work in Canada.
If you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident who wishes to work in Canada, in most cases, you will need to obtain a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work legally in Canada.
Generally speaking, a work permit is only valid for a specific employer, job and length of time, and is issued based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), or an Offer of employment from and LMIA-exempt employer.
You must apply for a work permit before you come to Canada. If you applied for a work permit successfully before you entered Canada, the visa office will send you a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction that states your application was approved. You must present it when you enter Canada so that your permit can be printed and issued.
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Gathering Necessary Documentation
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