April 20, 2024

How to Convert a Visitor Visa to a Work Permit in Canada for Indian Citizens?

Prior to 2021, Indian citizens were not permitted to convert any type of non-immigrant visa to another class of non-immigrant visa within Canada. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government made an exception, allowing visitors in Canada to apply for a work permit provided they met the program requirements. This initiative was extended until February 28, 2025, offering Indian citizens a unique opportunity to explore employment opportunities in Canada.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on how Indian citizens can convert their visitor visa to a work permit in Canada:

### Understanding the Program

The Canadian government introduced a special provision during the pandemic allowing visitors in Canada to apply for a work permit if they met certain criteria.

### Eligibility Criteria

1. **Job Offer:** You must have a job offer from a Canadian employer in a field where you have relevant education and work experience.

2. **Language Proficiency:** Preferably, you should have an IELTS score of 5.0 or above.

3. **Age Factor:** While not mandatory, being under the age of 35 can be advantageous, especially for future Permanent Residency (PR) applications.

### Steps to Obtain a Work Permit

1. **Employer’s Role:** Your Canadian employer must demonstrate to the Canadian Labour Department that they cannot find a suitable candidate in Canada for the job they are offering you.

2. **Labour Market Impact Analysis (LMIA):** If the Canadian government is satisfied with the employer’s proof of a shortage of workers, they will issue an LMIA, granting approval to the Canadian company.

3. **Application Process:** Based on the LMIA, you can apply for a work permit either within Canada if you are already in the country on a visitor visa, or at a Canadian embassy or consulate if you are outside of Canada.

### Important Considerations

– **Not Automatic:** It’s essential to understand that obtaining a work permit from a visitor visa is not automatic. Meeting the eligibility criteria and following the correct application process are crucial steps in securing a work permit in Canada.

### Conclusion

Converting a visitor visa to a work permit in Canada presents an excellent opportunity for Indian citizens to explore employment prospects in the country. By understanding the eligibility criteria and following the necessary steps outlined by the Canadian government, individuals can navigate this process successfully and embark on a new professional journey in Canada.

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