Once you receive an approval letter of a work permit and/or an approved Labour Market Impact Assessment, next step is that you apply for a work permit at an airport. If certain cases are met, you can apply for a work permit directly at the airport if you are from a visa exempt county. We introduce below a summary of the steps that you can take when you arrive at the airport in Canada and apply for and receive a work permit.
Please also refer sample interview questions from an immigration officer e.g. Intra-company transferee work permit.
Need a processing fee for your work permit at the airport. You can also pay by credit card.
When you arrive at the Canadian airport, you will need to go through an immigration counter with other passengers, pick up your language and go to the immigration room (Canada Border Services Agency office).
It will take a short time for the interview and the processing of the work permit if you already have a pre-approval letter, but it depends on the line up and the immigration officer.
Please pass the originally signed set of the work permit application document package to the immigration officer. Please keep the second set photocopy for you. You need to have brought two sets of documents with you. One originally signed set for the immigration officer and the second set that is the photocopied set. This will make it easier if you have your own copy of the application package if the immigration office has a question for you about a specific document. You can refer to your own copy of the document.
You will be asked some questions. Most of the questions are from the work permit application document package. We recommend that you read the application package before arrive at the airport in Canada. It is also recommended that you understand the basic contents of the application package before arriving in Canada. For example, if you are applying for an Intra-company transferee work permit, the question will likely be about the relationship between the foreign and Canadian company, and the jobs you held overseas and the proposed job you will obtain in Canada.
If you have an immigration consultant assisting your case, please let her know your arrival date and time. In case the officer wishes to get clarification on an issue, the immigration consultant can talk to the officer over the phone. Assuming all goes well in the interview and the work permit is approved, please pay the processing fee.
Once the work permit is issued, please read the contents carefully and request amendments if necessary. Please make sure; your name is spelled correctly; the name of the employer is spelled correctly; and the term of the work permit. In some cases, the immigration officer may decide to only issue the work permit for a shorter term.
Yumi Ueda, LLB 【Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant】