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Closed Work Permits in Canada

Working in Canada as an international worker comes with a unique set of challenges, especially when navigating the complexities of closed work permits. At Ansari Immigration, we understand this and aim to make the process as smooth as possible. We're here to answer all your questions, including the crucial "What happens if I have a closed work permit and lose my job?"

What is a Closed Work Permit in Canada?

Let's first understand the basics. A closed work permit, also known as an employer-specific work permit, is authorization for foreign skilled workers to work for a specific employer in Canada. The employer must obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before extending a job offer to a foreign national.

The permit conditions dictate the specific employer you can work for, how long you can work, and your work location.

An infographic listing the limitations of a closed work permit in Canada, including restriction to a specific employer, specified work duration, and specific location.

Let's illustrate this with an example:

Scenario:Maria, a software engineer from Brazil, received a job offer from a tech company in Vancouver. The company obtained a positive LMIA and sponsored her closed work permit. Maria can now work exclusively for this tech company for the duration specified in the permit, and in Vancouver, where the company is located.

What If I Lose My Job?

Losing your job while holding a valid closed work permit can seem daunting. However, it's essential to know that you can legally stay in Canada without employment for the permit's duration. To continue working, you must change the conditions of your work permit or apply for a new one with a different employer.

Options for Workers Experiencing Abuse or Exploitation

In unfortunate situations where a worker faces abuse or exploitation, Canada offers the open work permit for vulnerable workers. This temporary solution gives you time to leave the harmful environment, find a new job, and apply for a new work permit.

Switching Employers with a Closed Work Permit

It's possible, under certain conditions, to switch employers with a closed work permit. For example, you can change your employer if your company shuts down, or you face unsafe working conditions, or you're laid off.

Remember, these are some examples, and each case can be unique. It's always best to seek professional advice in such situations.

Your Immigration Partner

At Ansari Immigration, we're committed to helping international workers understand and navigate Canada's immigration system. We have in-depth blogs covering topics such as student visas and study permits, healthcare, workers’ immigration, and in-land sponsorships .

For personalized advice and assistance, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to support your journey to a successful life in Canada.

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