On this page, you will find general information and useful resources to guide you through the options that are available to foreign candidates.

If you want to come to Canada but have not yet applied for an immigration program or a work permit, visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to get started.

If you have already started the process to immigrate to Canada or to get a work permit, you can search for jobs from employers who are recruiting foreign candidates.

Step 1 Confirm your eligibility

If you want to immigrate to Canada, start by learning about the different programs you can apply for. Each immigration program has different application and eligibility requirements.


If you have a lot of work experience or training in a specific field, you could be eligible to apply through Express Entry.

Express Entry allows highly skilled workers to apply for multiple immigration programs at once, resulting in faster processing times.

If you are not eligible to immigrate to Canada permanently, you might still be able to work here temporarily. In that case, you usually need a work permit.

Before applying to jobs in Canada, you need to find out if you are eligible to get a work permit.


Step 2 Check if your qualifications are recognized

Before you search for jobs in Canada, you should find out if the type of work you want to do requires a professional licence or certification.

You can use the Foreign Credential Recognition Tool to learn:

  • If the occupation is regulated.
  • The time and cost to get your credentials recognized.
  • If there are available jobs in your field, or alternative jobs you could work in while you wait for the review of your credentials.

Foreign Credential Recognition Tool

If you have obtained a degree in another country, you will need to get it assessed to verify if your education is recognized in Canada.

Step 3 Search and apply to jobs

When starting the process to immigrate to Canada or get a work permit, you should only apply to jobs from employers who are recruiting international candidates.

On Job Bank, these jobs are clearly identified.

Icon indicating a job posting is open to international candidates.means you can apply.

Icon indicating a job posting is open to canadian citizens, permanent residents and work permit holders.means you cannot apply.

When applying to jobs, you should send the employer a resume including information like:

  • Your name
  • Where you live
  • Your work experience
  • If you have a valid Canadian work permit

Still need help?

Visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for more information about immigration and work permits.

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