Can a Work Permit Holder Apply for a Permanent Residency in Canada?

How Can a Work Permit Holder Get a Permanent Residence in Canada?

If you are a work permit holder in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency via the Express Entry system.

There are three Express Entry programs with varying requirements: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. These programs are for skilled workers seeking permanent residence in Canada. Skilled work is classified as managerial, professional, or skilled trade and technical jobs.

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Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class program as a pathway to obtaining permanent residency is available to skilled workers who have experience working in Canada. To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Meet language ability requirements
  • Have one year of full-time skilled work experience, or equivalent, in Canada in the past 3 years
  • Be able to show that you carried out the tasks and duties normally expected of an employee in that position

There is no education requirement or job offer requirement for this program. However, educational experience and a valid job offer can improve your standing and the likelihood of your application being approved.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is available to skilled workers with experience in Canada (or outside of Canada) with similar requirements to the Canadian Experience Class. There are important differences, however. To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Meet language ability requirements
  • Have one year of continuous full-time skilled work experience, or equivalent part-time, in your primary occupation in Canada within the last 10 years.
  • Be able to show that you carried out the tasks and duties normally expected of an employee in that position
  • Have a secondary institution (high school) certificate or higher
  • Be able to prove you and your family have sufficient funding to support yourselves in Canada unless you are currently allowed to work in Canada and have a valid job offer.

Federal Skilled Trades Program 

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is open only to technical or trade occupations, and it provides a path to obtaining permanent residence. To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you must:

  • Meet language requirements
  • Have two years of experience in a skilled trade within 5 years before you apply
  • Meet the job requirements for your skilled trade
  • Have a valid job offer for a full-time position lasting at least a year, or a certificate of qualification within your trade issued by Canadian authorities
  • Be able to prove you and your family have sufficient funding to support yourselves in Canada unless you are currently allowed to work in Canada and have a valid job offer.

As with the Skilled Worker Program, there is no education requirement or job offer requirement for this program, but educational experience and a valid job offer can improve the likelihood of your application being approved.

Other Factors

Even if you meet the minimum requirements for one of these programs, you must still go through an approval process to obtain permanent residency. Eligibility for a program does not guarantee that you will be selected for permanent residency. This process will take several factors into consideration, including age, occupation, and education.  Each of these programs also requires you to live outside of the Province of Quebec as this province offers separate programs while not participating in the federal programs.

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When facing the work permit process in Canada when you are planning to obtain permanent residence, it is wise to find and work with an experienced team like the team at Sobirovs Law Firm. We can answer all your questions and guide you every step of the way. Complete our business immigration assessment form to get started.

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I cannot say enough good things about Sobirovs Law Firm’s exceptional team. My work permit application was quite complex and underwent numerous tests, including a rejection from the first attempt. Feruza developed a tailored strategy that contributed to the best chance of success in the resubmission, and her entire team presented my case with unparalleled expertise and genuine care. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Maggie, a phenomenal consultant who supported me in every step of the application, took the time to understand my unique situation and answered all my questions patiently. Her in-depth knowledge of the work permit program, proficiency in preparing my application and professional communication were reassuring and truly remarkable. Thanks to your team’s extraordinary work, I can now pursue my business goals in Canada with peace of mind. I am grateful for your hard work and the compassionate support you provided throughout this journey. You have my highest recommendation without any reservations.
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I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ms. Feruza Djamalova, Ms. Judy Le and the entire team of Sobirovs Law Firm for their highly professional and excellent work in the complicated process of obtaining approval of our application for the business immigration program. I had several previous refusals over the course of 5 years. At that point, I contacted Sobirovs Law Firm. Their knowledge, competence, and perseverance turned my application into a success! My case was dealt by Feruza and Judy and I sincerely appreciate what an incredible job they have done and how much they have helped us. I believe they have a special gift and talent for assisting their clients. I want to particularly thank Judy for her patience and attention to detail in our case and also for thanks to her diligence, skill and attention to detail. I highly recommend Sobirovs Law Firm to anyone who wants to move to Canada using Business Immigration Programs and is looking for an immigration law firm capable of making a dream come true. They are highly professional and specialized in this field. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for their support.
Syed Namdaar Ali
Syed Namdaar Ali
My experience with Sobirov's was very rewarding. Starting from LMIA to Work permit it was a smooth sail. The entire team especially Yulia prepared my case painstakingly. They guided me on every little detail. Special thanks to Feroza, Farukh, Madina and the entire team for making this happen.
Bhrushank Ved
Bhrushank Ved
I had an amazing experience with the Sobirovs in applying for my C11 Work Permit. Feruza, Maggie, Judy and Yulia planned every step of the way and made the process a breeze. Benjamin was also quite knowledgeable and assisted me with the business plan for my application. I recommend Sobirovs team if you plan to expand your existing business or start a new business in Canada. Highly recommended!
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Senol Ercetin
Dear Sobirovs Team, I would like to thank you (Yulia, Faruk, Feruza, Madina) for taking care of us closely in obtaining the necessary work permits for the establishment of the Canadian branch of our company and the necessary visas for our family. You have carried out a flawless process. With sincere regards
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Rakesh Shrivastava
I had a great experience working with the Sobirov Law Firm. The entire team was professional, prompt, and meticulous in their approach. We started working with them on LMIA under GTS of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The time it took from creation of an Incorporation to submission and approval of our application was around 8 weeks. Work Permit approval took another 2 weeks. They also helped us get shared office space since it was a new experience for us. They guided us in finding a payroll service provider and a realtor to help with the relocation of the foreign employee. My sincere thanks to Feruza Djamalova and Rakhmad Sobirov (Attorneys), and Yulia Kan (Team Lead).

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