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Work permits and Work Visa

Almost all foreign workers looking to perform work in Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand are required to obtain a temporary work permit. Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand will allow the foreign worker to work in Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand during the period for which the work permit is valid. Work permits can be issued as either open or employer-specific. An open work permit means that the permit holder can work for any employer, and employer-specific permit means the holder can only work for the employer listed on the temporary work permit.

Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand has many different categories of work permits and manyexemptionsto the temporary work permit requirement.

In specific situations, such as Business Visitors, individuals performing a specific type of work may be permitted to enter Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand without a temporary work permit.  Among jobs that do not require a work permit are clergy, crew members in the transportation industry, expert witnesses, performing artists, news reporters, film crews, and athletes and their coaches.  A full list of the jobs that do not require a work permit can be found here.  

Full time international students do not require a work permit in order to work in an on-campus job at their school.
Similarly, individuals who come to Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand for business but do not actually consititute a part of the labour market do not need a work permit for their business activities.  Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand lists the following as examples of tasks that could qualify under the business visitor category:

  • The purchase of Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand services or products on behalf of a government or business
  • Processing orders for the purchase of Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand products and services
  • The attending of conferences, conventions, business meetings or trade fairs
  • The facilitating of an after-sales service agreement (mainly supervision, no labour)
  • Receiving training from a Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand branch of a parent company outside of Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand
  • Employee training within the Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand subsidiary of a foreign parent company
  • On-site training from a Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand company from which you have purchased products or services.

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