Canada: From Work Permit To Permanent Residence
Working temporarily in Canada can be used as a step towards gaining residence and settling here permanently.
If your talents are needed by Canadian employers, or you have exceptional talent in the arts, culture or sports, you can apply to work in Canada under our Work to Residence category.
The rules for residing and working in Canada depend on your country of origin and the purpose and length of your stay in Canada. There are separate rules for USA and Mexican citizens, EU/EEA citizens, and citizens of other countries.
Canada work opportunities
For general information, advice and links to do with finding work in Canada, take a look at the work opportunities section of our Living in Canada: a Guide for Migrants.
Find out about the different Work to Residence policies, and the requirements that you will need to meet to get a Work to Residence visa and/or permit.
How to apply
Start the application process.
After you are accepted
If you are already in Canada on a Work to Residence permit, after two years you can apply for residence.
If you have been in Canada for a while and your circumstances have changed, find out how your visa or permit may be affected.
If you have your Work to Residence visa and you want to find out what to do to prepare for departure and what to expect when you arrive, take a look at our I’m accepted – tell me more pages.