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Employment Permits

Employment Authorizations are for persons who wish to work temporarily in Canada and whose employer's have received a job validation from Human Resource Center (HRC) in Canada for a foreign worker.

Once your employer is approved for a job validation by Human Resource Center (HRC) in Canada, HRC will issue a "confirmation of offer of employment" and send this to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country. The employer will be provided with a copy of the confirmation of offer of employment, to be forwarded to you. Once the Canadian visa office receives your confirmation of offer of employment, they will contact you. You may be asked to go to an interview or to send some information by mail. You may also be asked to have a medical check up.

Once the Visa Officer is satisfied that you have all of the necessary documents, you will receive an employment authorization. The employment authorization will state that you can work at a specific job for a specific period of time for a specific employer. An employment authorization will not be issued to you to come to Canada in the hopes of finding work. You will need to produce the authorization when you arrive in Canada, as well as your passport, visa (if issued) and airline tickets.

The Application Procedure
Your employer will submit a request to hire you at a Human Resource Centre (HRC) in Canada. The HRC will ensure that no Canadians, permanent residents or other temporary workers already in Canada are qualified and available to take the employer's offer of employment. Once the offer of employment has been validated by the HRC and sent to the visa office in your country, an official from the visa office will contact you to determine whether you are eligible to come to Canada as a live-in caregiver.

You will be asked for your diplomas, school certificates or transcripts listing the courses you have taken. Be honest about your education, training and experience because you could be disqualified from the program if you are not. Your marital status and the number of children you have will not affect the outcome of your application; you must be honest in providing this information.

If the visa office approves your application, you will be given instructions for medical tests. When our officials receive proof that your medical results are satisfactory and that you have met all other requirements, you will be issued an employment authorization. An employment authorization is not a travel document. You must also get a passport (and a visitor visa, if required). The requirement for a visitor visa will depend on the country you are coming from.

the province of Quebec, there are differences in the way the Program operates for caregivers who will be working in Quebec. For more information, refer to the booklet published by the government of Quebec entitled Working as a Live-in Caregiver in Quebec: A guide for foreign workers and their employers.

he Employment Authorization
An employment authorization from a Canadian visa office will allow you to work in Canada. The employment authorization is usually valid for one year. Make sure you renew your employment authorization before it expires. It is now possible to do this by mail through the Canada Immigration Centre. You will need a letter from your employer stating that your job is being offered for another year, include this letter in your application to renew your employment authorization.

Remember that the document authorizes you to work only for the employer named on the employment authorization. However, this does not mean you cannot change employers for personal or other reasons. If that is the case, you must apply for and have received a new employment authorization before you go to work for the new employer.
Both you and your employer should be aware that you are free to change employers while in Canada. Immigration Canada will not deport you for looking for another place to work.

Involvement in any illegal activity could result in the cancellation of your permission to work in Canada. You cannot, for example, work for any employer except the employer named on your employment authorization. Furthermore, you cannot accept employment except as a live-in caregiver nor can you work for a new employer, even for a "trial period," until you have a new employment authorization.

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