I am an American, how can I get a Canadian Work Visa?

 

Canadian Work Visas for Americans

If you are an American Citizen who wants to work in Canada, you’re in luck! You could qualify for a Canada Work Permit that will allow you to live and work in Canada on a temporary basis. In addition, your work experience in Canada could make you eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residency eventually. Read on:

Requirements for a Canadian work permit

In order to qualify to apply for a Canadian work permit or Canadian work visa, you need to:

– Have proof of your American Citizenship such as a US Passport.
– Have a job offer from a Canadian company in a NAFTA approved job.
– Prove you are qualified for said job through your education and job experience.

While most US Citizens will need a work visa to work in Canada, there are a few exceptions. Some of the exceptions for requiring a Canadian work visa include:

Foreign Diplomats
Military Personnel
Clergy
Performing Artists
Athletes
Artists
Ship or Trucker Personnel
Designated Foreign Buyers and Sellers

Will I be eligible for permanent residency?

Canada has an immigration category called the Canadian Experience Class. To qualify for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class, you will need to have worked in Canada for two years under a valid Canadian work visa. Being eligible for permanent residency in Canada also depends on your specific occupation and other factors such as language proficiency.

How can you help me?

We have decades of experience in helping US Citizens obtain work permits in Canada. If you are concerned about your eligibility or your job offer is not for a job listed in the approved NAFTA job list, we can still help you. Contact us using the form on the right for a consultation on your case. You will be glad you did!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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