Canada has long been known as a land of opportunities for individuals seeking to work and live in a multicultural society with strong democratic values.
Many Angolans aspire to work in Canada and build a new life in this beautiful country.
However, the process of obtaining a work permit can be overwhelming for those who are not familiar with Canadian immigration laws.
Canadian Work Permit
Requirements for Angolans to Work in Canada
A work permit is a legal document issued by the Canadian government that allows foreign nationals to work in Canada temporarily.
A work permit is required for most types of jobs in Canada, except for a few exemptions.
The work permit will specify the job you can do, the employer you can work for, and the duration of your stay in Canada.
Eligibility Criteria for Work Permit
Before applying for a work permit, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. To be eligible for a work permit, you must:
- Have a job offer from a Canadian employer
- Be able to demonstrate that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires
- Have enough funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you while in Canada
- Be admissible to Canada, which means you must not have a criminal record or pose a risk to Canada’s security
- Be in good health and undergo a medical exam if required
Applying for a Work Permit
To apply for a work permit, you can either apply online or submit a paper application. The online application process is faster and more convenient.
However, you will need access to a scanner or a camera to submit electronic copies of your documents. You can apply for a work permit from outside Canada or from within Canada if you have a valid visitor visa or study permit.
Documents Required for Work Permit Application
To apply for a work permit, you will need the following documents:
- A valid passport
- A job offer from a Canadian employer
- A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), if required
- A completed application form
- Two passport-sized photos
- A copy of your biometric information, if required
- A copy of your medical exam report, if required
Biometrics and Medical Exam
You may be required to provide biometric information, such as fingerprints and photographs, when applying for a work permit. You will also need to undergo a medical exam if you plan to work in certain occupations or stay in Canada for more than six months.
The processing time for a work permit application varies depending on the location and type of application.
The online application process is generally faster than the paper application process. It may take several weeks to several months for your work permit application to be processed. You can check the status of your application online using the application number provided when you submitted your application.