How to get a Temporary Work Visa for Canada

If you are an American Citizen or a Mexican Citizen, you are able to apply for a temporary work visa to work in Canada under NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement).  Work in Canada

If you want to work in Canada under NAFTA, you will not need an LMO (Labour Market Opinion) from the employer in order to obtain a temporary work visa for Canada. A labour market opinion tells the government that your employer did everything they could to find a Canadian for the position and that none were available.

What you do need for a temporary work visa in Canada is the following:

In order to obtain a temporary work visa in Canada…

A job offer from a Canadian employer on the NAFTA list
Proof of your qualifications for the job
Proof of your ties to your home country – bank statements, addresses, information about your family etc.

NAFTA job list for Canadian temporary work visa

In most cases, your job offer must be for a job that is on the NAFTA job list. That list is available here.

If you work in Canada for at least two years on a temporary work visa, you may also qualify for permanent residence in Canada, but your eligibility depends on your language proficiency and which job classification you have.

If your job is not on the list, your job may still qualify for a Canadian temporary work visa. If you’re not sure of what to do, contact one of our licensed immigration lawyers as soon as possible using the form to the right. We’d be happy to help you figure out how you can work in Canada!

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