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Unlocking Opportunities: Transforming from a Visitor to a Working Professional in Canada

Canada is known for its welcoming nature towards immigrants and their families. Many people choose to visit Canada to experience its beauty and culture, while others come to work and build their careers. If you are currently in Canada on a visitor visa and would like to switch to a work permit, this article will guide you through the process.

First and foremost, it's important to understand the difference between a visitor visa and a work permit. A visitor visa allows you to enter Canada for a temporary period for tourism, family visits, or other reasons. On the other hand, a work permit allows you to work legally in Canada and is required if you plan to work in Canada for any length of time.

So, if you're already in Canada on a visitor visa and want to work, you'll need to switch to a work permit. Here are the steps you'll need to take:

1. Determine Your Eligibility: Before you start the process of switching to a work permit, you need to make sure you're eligible. Generally, you need a job offer from a Canadian employer to apply for a work permit. The employer may also need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to show that they couldn't find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position.

2. Apply for a Work Permit: Once you have a job offer and the necessary paperwork, you can apply for a work permit. There are different types of work permits available, so you'll need to determine which one you need based on your situation. You can apply online or on paper, and the application process can take several weeks to months depending on the type of work permit you apply for.

3. Get a Medical Exam: Some work permits require a medical exam to ensure that you're in good health. If your work permit requires a medical exam, you'll need to visit a panel physician authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to get the exam done.

4. Wait for a Decision: After you've submitted your application and all required documents, you'll need to wait for a decision from IRCC. The processing time can vary, but you can check the current processing times on the IRCC website.

5. Start Working: Once you receive your work permit, you can start working for your employer in Canada. Make sure you understand the conditions of your work permit, including the type of work you're allowed to do and how long you can work in Canada.

Switching from a visitor visa to a work permit in Canada can be a lengthy and complicated process, but it's worth it if you want to work and live in Canada. To ensure the process goes smoothly and without delays, contact us. We will make sure you meet the eligibility requirements, help you with Job search and placement, and the entire application process. JDF Immigration has years of experience in Canadian immigration and will ensure the process is seamless for you.


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