Immigrate as a skilled worker in Canada. This application process is for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and take part in our economy.
We will check if you are eligible, including work experience, education and language skills for each program.
We will help you get the documents you need. We will submit your Express Entry profile (If you're eligible, you'll be accepted into a pool of candidates. You'll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile).
We will apply you for permanent residence if you are invited (Invitations to apply to candidates with the highest scores in the pool are sent. If you are invited to apply, you'll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence. The most complete applications that have all the supporting documents will be processed in 6 months or less).
Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a:
Canadian citizen or
person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
permanent resident of Canada
This program is for workers who:
have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
want to live in that province, and
want to become permanent residents of Canada
Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:
The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice. (The province of Quebec does not have a provincial nominee program.)
As a caregiver, you have options to come to Canada to become a permanent resident or work temporarily.
Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
As of June 18, 2019, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot if you:
meet the eligibility requirements, and
have a job offer to work in one of these occupations
Through these pilots, you’ll get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit:
is occupation-restricted (so you have to work in that specific occupation)
doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
lets you get the work experience you need to be eligible for permanent residence
If you recently worked as a home child care provider or support worker, your experience may count towards your eligibility for permanent residence.
Interim Pathway for Caregivers
You can apply for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers if you:
have at least 1 year or work experience as a home child provider or a home support worker
meet minimum language and education requirements
(Applications for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers will be open for 3 months, from July 8 to October 8, 2019.)
Live-in Caregiver Program
The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is closed to new applicants.
If you don’t meet the requirements for permanent residence as a caregiver, you may be able to work temporarily.
If you’re currently working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be eligible to extend your work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Your employer will need to get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) first.
Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:
can create jobs for Canadians
can compete on a global scale
To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:
have a qualifying business
get a letter of support from a designated organization
A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that is stuck in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada.
Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need one if you’re transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.
You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. The entry document you need depends on:
the type of travel document you plan to travel with
the country that issued your travel document
your method of travel to Canada for this trip
At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by.
If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.
If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor (stay in Canada longer), you need to apply before your current status expires.
If your application to extend your stay in Canada is approved, you will get a visitor record.
A visitor record:
is a document that says how long you can stay in Canada
includes an expiry date
that’s the date that you must leave Canada by
A visitor record does not guarantee entry to Canada. If you plan to travel outside Canada or the United States, you need a valid entry document to return to Canada.
If you want to visit Canada on business, you’ll need to understand what a business visitor is, what you can do as a business visitor, and what you’ll need to do and bring to enter Canada.
You’re a business visitor if you:
come to take part in international business activities without being part of the Canadian labour market
are visiting Canada temporarily to
look for ways to grow your business
advance your business relationships
Business visitors usually stay in Canada for a few days or a few weeks, but are able to stay for up to 6 months.
To qualify as a business visitor to Canada, you must show that:
you plan to stay for less than 6 months
you don’t plan to enter the Canadian labour market
your main place of business and source of income and profits is outside Canada
you have documents that support your application
you meet Canada’s basic entry requirements, because you
have a valid travel document, such as a passport
have enough money for your stay and to return home
plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit
are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians
If you plan to stay for more than 6 months, or plan to work in Canada as a business visitor, you may be considered a temporary worker and have to apply for a work permit.
Activities you may conduct as a business visitor include:
buying Canadian goods or services for a foreign business or government
taking orders for goods or services
going to meetings, conferences, conventions or trade fairs
giving after-sales service (managing, not doing hands-on labour)
being trained by a Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada
training employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company
being trained by a Canadian company that has sold you equipment or services
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, a U.S. or Mexican national may also take part in other activities, such as research, marketing and general services.
If you’re a business visitor, you need either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to come to Canada. You may also need to provide your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) if applying for a visitor visa.
Business visitors and business people are not the same. Business people come to do work in Canada under a free trade agreement.
We will help you apply to work in Canada, extend a work permit or hire a foreign worker.
You usually need a work permit to work in Canada. In some cases, you can work without a permit.
There are 2 types of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits.
An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer:
who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or
who regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages
You can only get an open work permit in specific situations.
An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:
the name of the employer you can work for
how long you can work
the location where you can work (if applicable)
Eligibility requirements for all applicants
There are specific requirements you need to meet depending on where you are when you apply for your work permit.
But regardless of where you apply or which type of work permit you apply for, you must:
prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires
show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home
obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (a police clearance certificate may be asked),
not be a danger to Canada’s security
be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed
not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions
not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country
Generally, you need to give biometrics if you apply for a work permit. If you’re eligible to apply at a Canadian POE you can give your biometrics when you apply at POE locations.
You must start and finish your application at the same POE.
In most cases, you need to give biometrics. After you pay the biometrics fee and submit your application, we’ll send you a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics (in person).
If you didn’t pay the biometrics fee, we’ll send you a letter asking you to do this first. You can only get the instruction letter if you pay the biometrics fee.
To come to Canada temporarily, you need to give biometrics once every 10 years. If you gave biometrics in the past and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.
You may also be asked to:
go to an interview with officials in your country, or
to send more information
You might need a medical exam to enter Canada. If you do, an officer will tell you and will send you instructions on what to do. A medical exam can add over 3 months to the time it takes us to process your application.
An officer will also check:
the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions to make sure that the employer can hire you, and
that you qualify for a work permit and have given us all the documents we need
If your application is approved, you’ll get a letter that says you’re allowed to work in Canada. Bring this letter with you when you travel to Canada.
That letter is not a work permit. You’ll get your work permit when you arrive in Canada.
We will help you apply to study in Canada as an international student, extend your study permit and find out about working while you study or after you graduate.
Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. Make sure you have all the documents you need before you apply. You should apply before you travel to Canada.
Your study permit is not a visa. It doesn’t let you enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA).
A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days let you prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
If you leave Canada during your studies, you may need to show proof you’re enrolled in your school when you return to Canada. If you have a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), it must still be valid when you return to Canada.
You can study in Canada if you:
are enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI)
prove you have enough money to pay for your:
living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
obey the law, have no criminal record and get a police certificate (if required)
are in good health and get a medical exam (if required)
prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires
While studying in Canada you must:
make progress towards completing your program
respect any conditions listed on your study permit
stop studying if you no longer meet the requirements and
leave Canada when your permit expires
Depending on your case, there may be conditions on your study permit such as:
if you’re allowed to work in Canada
if you’re allowed to travel within Canada
the date you must stop studying
People who don’t need a permit to study in Canada
Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. The cases below are exceptions.
You can study at any school in Canada without a study permit if:
your course or program lasts 6 months or less
your studies aren’t part of a longer program and
you’ll complete all your studies within the time we approved you to stay in Canada (usually 6 months after you enter)
If you’re taking prerequisite courses, you should get a study permit, even if the courses are less than 6 months long. If you don’t, you’ll have to apply for a study permit before you can start your full study program. Depending on processing times, you may not get it in time to start your studies.
You may not need a study permit if you’re a family or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada that has been accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Your embassy can contact GAC to find out if you need one.
If you’re a member of a foreign armed force on official duties in Canada, you don’t need a study permit. If your family members, including minor children, want to study in Canada, they may need one.
You don’t need a study permit if you have Registered Indian status in Canada, even if you’re a citizen of another country.
Minor children don’t need a study permit if:
they’re in kindergarten
they’re refugees or refugee claimants
their parents are refugees or refugee claimants or
they’re in pre-school, primary or secondary school, and they’re already in Canada with a parent who has a work or study permit
When minor children reach the age of majority (18 or 19 years old, depending on the province or territory), they must apply for a study permit if they want to keep studying.
If you have a study permit and you’re registered as a full-time student at a DLI, you may be able to work on-campus or off-campus. If so, your study permit will include a condition that says you’re allowed to work while studying.
If you don’t have a study permit, you can’t work while you’re studying in Canada. In this case, you need to apply for a work permit.
Do you live in China, India, the Philippines or Vietnam? You might be able to get your study permit faster by using the Student Direct Stream.