Study Abroad: Guide on How to Convert Visitor Visa to Work Permit in Canada

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Study Abroad Guide on How to Convert Visitor Visa to Work Permit in Canada

The process of converting a visitor visa to work permit in Canada is quite complicated but it is doable with the correct knowledge and planning. Generally, visitors are usually not allowed to apply for the work permits from within Canada. But there is a policy till 28th February 2025 that will allow the visitors in Canada to apply for work permits. Check the post to know the list of necessary documents, processing times, the cost of LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). 


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With visitor visa, the candidates can enter Canada temporarily for up to 6 months for things like business meetings, vacations or family visits. They can extend their stay after 6 months by applying for an extension called a visitor record. On the other hand, with this permit, the candidates can work lawfully in Canada. However, to convert a visitor visa directly to a work permit usually requires an employer-specific or closed work permit.

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Documents Required 

Check below the list of documents required to convert a visitor visa to a work permit in Canada:

  • Job offer letter with specifications of the position and conditions of employment
  • LMIA paperwork
  • Documentation proving that their visitor status in Canada
  • Current passport must have one blank page at least
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Proof of funds to demonstrate the ability to sustain themselves
  • Medical exam if required
  • Work permit application fees of CAD 155 and biometrics fee of CAD 85

Processing Time for Canada Work Permit

The average processing time for work permits inside Canada is 92 days as per the recent IRCC updates.

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