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Work permit for Chefs in Canada

Work Permit for Chefs in Canada

Work permit for Chefs in Canada

Canada is a country which is rich in multiculturalism; hence it is no surprise that it is open to all types of eating experiences. There are people from different ethnicities living in different provinces. Therefore, there is a wide range of ethnic restaurants for Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. If you are a qualified chef and you love cooking different delicacies, then it is the best place for you to migrate with humongous career opportunities and an incredible variety of restaurants to find employment. Now, that you have decided that you wish to immigrate to Canada as a chef, then you should start with the process of applying for a Work Permit in Canada.

If you are looking to work as a temporary foreign worker in Canada, then you need a work permit, and you require an employment letter from a Canadian employer. The temporary work permit is provided by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and there is a process of receiving the work permit which depends on the country of the foreign national. Along with the work permit, you will also require the Temporary resident visa to enter Canada.

Different types of Work permit

For Migration to Canada, there are two types of work permits

  • • Open work permits
  • • Employer Specific work permits

With an open work permit the candidate is allowed to work for any employer in Canada, but with the employer specific work permit, there are conditions attached for working in Canada. In this case, where you will be tied to the employer who has helped you migrate, and the candidate will have a timeline for the stay to a particular location.

Eligibility Requirement for a chef’s work permit in Canada

Migrating as a chef to Canada with a work permit is possible, but there are some conditions attached which needs to be met. Some of the essential requirements entail –

  • • A minimum English Language score of 5 bands in IELTS
  • • The applicant should get a police clearance
  • • A written job letter from a Canadian employer. The employer should have an LMIA if he wants to hire you. (In case of Open work permit it is not mandatory)
  • • Provide evidence of having qualification for the employment for which you are immigrating
  • • Minimum one-year work experience in the required occupation
What is the process to get a work permit in Canada for Chefs?

Remember, that a work permit doesn’t allow you to live and settle in Canada permanently. It is permission to work in Canada for a specified period.

The process of attaining a work permit entails:

  • Step 1 – Apply to Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • Step 2 – Employer will grant you the Job offer
  • Step 3 – Apply for the work Permit
  • Step 4 – Undertake the proceedings
  • Step5 – Receive your work permit, issued by Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA)
What is the Labor Market Assessment?

Labor Market Impact Assessment is an important document that the employer gets which will validate the immigration of a foreign national in Canada. It is a positive response that will allow the employer to hire the foreign national for a particular job in Canada for which a Canadian national was unavailable. The processing time for an LMIA application can take up to two months after the request has been received. The idea that LMIA proliferates is that of learning by doing. Therefore, a lot of importance is paid to the skilled workforce who are equipped with adequate tools to enhance the learning experience. The Labor market assessment is issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). There are certain situations when the work permit is issued without an LMIA as well, and they are

  • • In the case of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) agreements
  • • A reciprocal agreement that the Canada government has entered into with the Foreign National’s homeland
  • • If an international student can achieve a co-op placement
  • • For charitable work in Canada
List of documents required for Work Permit

Migration to another country is a legal process. Hence, there is a wide range of paperwork that will be required to ensure safe immigration –

  • The work permit Application form
  • • Family information form (IMM 5645)
  • • Passport size photographs
  • • Processing fee
  • • Medical exam report
  • • Police verification report
  • • Valid passport
  • • A Copy of Labor Market Opinion (LMO) which is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
  • • Employment letter
  • • Proof of your qualification for the employment - education certificates and work experience letters etc.
  • • Evidence of financial stability
The processing time and cost for a work permit in Canada?

The processing time to a large extent depends on the type of application and adequate submission of documents. However, in case of a paper application, it can take up to two months for the application to be processed and around one month in the case of online application. This is just a general timeline and the processing time can also change depending on the individual’s case as well.

The cost of a work permit will entail the following charges-

  • • Primary Applicant – 390 $CAD
  • • Secondary Applicant – 150 $CAD
  • • Child (under 18 years of Age) – 150 $CAD

Apart from this, the applicant should be ready to pay 490 $CAD per person as the RPA soon after landing in Canada

Hire Indians has a team of qualified and experienced professionals who are completely adept in their craft and offer personalized counseling as per the individuals’ requirements. For safe and authentic immigration to Canada with a work permit, you reach us at dnss@hireindians.co.in


Key Global Immigration is a collaboration with Hire Indians and leading ICCRC immigration consultants. For over 7 years, we have delivered the highest quality service-levels to every client; from initial applications, to final community integration upon arrival in Canada.

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