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Posted on July 07 2022

Temporary work permit holders are eligible for Canadian PR visa

By  Editor
Updated February 21 2024

Key aspects of getting a Canadian PR visa

  • Foreign workers on a temporary work permit in Canada are eligible to apply for PR
  • The four Canadian immigration programs are used to obtain PR
  • Open work permit & Employer-specific work permit are the two-types of work permits
  • Permission to Live and Work in Canada
  • An individual will be able to avail universal healthcare
  • Permanent residence is a road to Canadian citizenship


Foreign workers on a temporary work permit in Canada now have better chances of their PR visa getting approved if they apply. Below are the types and aspects to obtain, apply for a permanent residence in Canada through work permit.

Temporary work permit to obtain Canada PR visa

For thousands of people, Canada has been a land of opportunity to become permanent residents and get their PR cards every year.


Obtaining a Temporary Work Permit in Canada is mainly considered a step towards permanent residence. For individuals with an active work permit, there are multiple ways to level up from a temporary work permit to permanent residency in Canada.



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Apply for Canada PR as a Work Permit Holder

The temporary foreign workers can apply as work permit holders to obtain Canadian permanent residency. The four Canadian immigration programs are mentioned below:


Healthcare Worker Stream

Healthcare workers and early childhood educators are prioritized and expected to fill the gaps in the labor market.


Essential Worker Stream

This stream is a new bridging open work permit for TR to PR applicants, which permits them to work in Canada while waiting for their application to process.


Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants can apply for permanent residence status within a year. The individuals with Temporary Resident Permits looking to become permanent residents using the Canadian Experience Class must have two years of work experience or one year of post-secondary studies with one year of work experience in Canada.


Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) was the primary immigration gateway for skilled workers to return to Canada between its establishment in 1967 and the beginning of the pandemic. In continuation to a temporary hold that started in December 2020, the invitations from Express Entry rounds for the candidates of FSWP are ready to resume in July.


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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

More than 80 PNP streams are focused on attracting graduates, entrepreneurs, and workers. Except for Nunavut and Quebec (which functions its economic-class programs), each territory and province offers the Provincial Nominee Program based on the province's different labor force needs.


Provinces are allowed to choose the eligible candidates they want to promote their economic growth and suggest that the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can offer them permanent residence status.


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Types of work permits

There are two types of work permits provided by the authorities:

  • Open work permit
  • Employer-specific work permit

An open work permit allows you to work for any employer. This visa is not job-specific, so applicants do not require the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an offer letter from an employer who has paid the compliance fee.


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With an open work permit, you can work for any employer in Canada except for those companies that do not comply with labor requirements or are involved in certain services.


The employer-specific work permit, as the name suggests, is a permit that allows you to work for a specific employer.


Conditions on the work permit:

While the employer-specific work permit pertains to a single employer, the open work permit can come with certain conditions. These include:

  • Type of work
  • Places you are eligible to work
  • Duration of work

Remember, work permits are only temporary and cannot be used to immigrate to Canada. You can apply for a PR visa based on your skills and experience, provided you are qualified to apply as a skilled worker.


TR to PR pathways in Canada:

The individuals currently residing in Canada on a Temporary Work Permit should consider getting their applications for permanent residence ready if they want to stay in the country for a more extended period, as they have a fair chance of getting a permanent residence if the trends in the recent PR draws are an indication.


They have favored candidates who are already in Canada and have an intention to convert their temporary residence into a permanent one.


The Express Entry draws have favored provincial nominees and the Canadian Experience Class- the immigration program that allows individuals with one year of work experience to immigrate permanently.


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The PNP draws of Saskatchewan and British Columbia has targeted temporary workers. The Saskatchewan and the British Columbia provinces that held their PNP draws recently focused on workers in Canada; Saskatchewan targeted Occupations-in-demand while British Columbia focused on workers with no jobs at present but at least a year of work experience in Canada.


Foreign workers on a temporary work permit in Canada now have better chances of their PR visa getting approved if they apply. Also, these visa holders are exempt from the travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government. They can travel to Canada provided they clear Coronavirus tests before their departure. Once they land in Canada, they must be in compulsory self-isolation for 14 days.


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