Work Permits for IT Workers

Last updated: 28 August 2020

With the increasing demand for professionals in the IT/Tech industry in Canada, employers are actively seeking foreign workers and professionals to fill positions in this innovative field. Foreign nationals in the IT/Tech industry have a range of temporary work permit options that allow them to work in Canada.

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Professionals with IT-related skill sets may be in a good position to benefit from a variety of routes available to work in Canada, in some cases without a work permit.

Labour Market Impact Assessment-based work permits require employers to obtain a LMIA to hire a foreign worker. Learn how this process is facilitated for eligible IT workers through the Global Talent Stream on this page.

IT/Tech workers from the US and Mexico may have the opportunity to obtain a NAFTA work permit, which does not require a LMIA. For more information visit our dedicated page.

IT/Tech workers working for a multinational company that has a presence in Canada could be eligible for a LMIA exempt work permit through the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Program. For more details on how IT/Tech workers may benefit from the ICT program, please visit this page.

In certain situations foreign workers in the IT industry may enter Canada as business visitors. In most cases, business visitors may work in Canada without a work permit, so IT/Tech workers may find this option suitable for their needs. Read more about this option for IT/Tech business visitors.