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Question: Can I change visit visa to work in Canada?

Answer:

Certainly, transitioning from a visitor visa to a work permit within Canada is possible under certain circumstances, but it is important to understand that this is not a straightforward process and there are strict regulations in place.

Typically, if you are in Canada on a valid visitor visa, you would need to apply for a work permit from outside Canada. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as:

  1. If you have a job offer from a Canadian employer and the employer has obtained a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is a document that proves there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian worker is available.
  2. If you are eligible for an open work permit, which allows you to work for any employer in Canada, without first having an LMIA. Examples of individuals who might be eligible for an open work permit include spouses or common-law partners of certain skilled workers or international students, refugee claimants, and some temporary resident permit holders.
  3. If you are applying for a work permit under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, if your country of citizenship has an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for an IEC work permit.

It’s important to note that you cannot start working until you have received your work permit. Working illegally in Canada can result in being barred from entering Canada in the future.

More information can be obtained from the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/visit-to-work.html

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