Professionals (TN Visa) :
In general, it is the responsibility of employers to arrange for the Canadian Government Department
known as Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to assess any employment offer before a
foreign individual can fill it. The NAFTA removes this step for employers seeking to hire a foreign
Professional. There exist sixty-three occupations
that are considered to be Professional and exempted
from HRSDC employment authorization. If you intend to employ a qualified foreign Professional, that
Professional may apply for a temporary work permit upon receipt of your offer of employment.
A Professional may apply for a temporary work permit before traveling to Canada at any Canadian
Visa Office or directly at a Canadian Port of Entry.
Professional applicants should be prepared to provide the following documentation:
If the applicant has multiple Canadian contracts or employers all information should be provided. Once a work permit
has been issued it will be valid for at most one year. Extensions of one year each can be sought from within
Foreign workers who are not Professionals, Transferees, or Business Visitors, can still apply under the
general guidelines for Temporary Foreign Workers.