How to change your Visitor Visa to Work Permit inside Canada

Admission Hub helped +3,000 visitors from over 29 countries change their Visitor Visas to Work Permits inside Canada.

How can I change from a Visitor Visa to a Work Permit inside Canada?

You can apply for a Work Permit after entering Canada through the following steps:

  • Step 1 : Apply for a Job in Canada

    You can apply for jobs through various Job Portals such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor or Individual Company Website. Although keep in mind that your resume should be in accordance with Canadian standards.

  • Step 2 : Get a LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) Approved Offer Letter

    LMIA is a tool to protect work rights for Canadian Citizens. For an Employer to give you a LMIA offer letter , he/she needs to prove that you are the best candidate for the position and it can't be replaced by an local Canadian Citizen.

  • Step 3 : Apply for your Work Permit.

    Now that the hard part is done, you can go ahead and submit your application for work permit.

Steps to complete your Work Permit Application

After you receive your LMIA Approved Offer Letter, applying for Work Permit inside Canada can be done through multiple options:

  • Flagpoling Process

    Flagpoling is the process through which foreign nationals inside Canada, go out of Canada through the US border and apply for work permit on re-entering Canada.

  • Work Permit Online Application

    If due to Covid restrictions you are unable to go to US border, you can apply for Work Permit Online as well, on the cic website.

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  • Step 1 : Get Admission in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

    Our Education Consultants are experts in changing Visitor Visa Status to Temporary Resident Status. They will guide you throughout the process.

  • Step 2 : Apply for Study Permit

    Get Admission into a DLI institute. You can apply for Study Permit after you get your offer letter and enjoy the benefits of Study Permit.

  • Step 3 : Complete Your Study Term

    Study for a minimum of 8 months in a Designated Learning Institute (DLI), in order to be eligible for PGWP.

  • Step 4 : Get Your Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

    Get your Open Work Permit once you complete your study term and enjoy the benefits of PGWP.

Benefits of Work Permit In Canada:

Canada is one of the best countries in the entire world for health care services, with free healthcare services.

Work Permit holder’s spouse can receive an Open Work Permit while the spouse is actively working

Additionally, workers in Canada have a lot of paths for permanently immigrating in Canada.

Q&A: Change from Visitor Visa to Work Permit inside Canada?

Changing a Visitor Visa to a Work Permit inside Canada is possible and you don’t have to leave the country to do so. This means that you can come to Canada as a visitor/a tourist and can legally stay and work in Canada by changing your visa status from Visitor visa to Work visa inside Canada. There are two main ways to change your tourist visa to a work permit:

1. Get an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) Approved Offer Letter
2. Get Work Permit as a Visitor through a Study Pathway in Canada

  • Allows you to work anywhere and for any employer in Canada

  • A Work permit holder can bring their family to Canada
  • Children who are at school-aged can attend Canadian educational institutions
  • Apply for Work permit as a Visitor through a Study Pathway in Canada allow you to work on campus and less processing time
  • A work visa gives you a pathway to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident


Yes. It is possible to change a visitor visa (tourist visa) to a Work visa (work permit) in Canada

Yes, you can. If you already get your study permit in Canada, you can finish your study term from a DLI school, then apply for Post graduate work permit. This is an open work permit that allows you to work anywhere and for anyone in Canada.

There are 2 routes to change from visitor visa to work permit.

1. Get an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) Approved Offer Letter
2. Get Work Permit as a Visitor through a Study Pathway in Canada

Our immigration consultants and admission team will guide you the process from the beginning to the end.  Certainly from enrolling a short-term pre-requisite program to the date you obtain your study permit. Moreover you will have on-going support until you reach Permanent Residency Status.

Spouses can apply for an open work permit if their partner is an international student in Canada.

Yes. Admission Hub has been helping hundreds of international students changing Visitor Status to Study Permit and they can get their Work Permit after that. We have even helped applicants that were previously refused 3 times from an overseas Canadian  Embassy And successfully applied Canadian study permit inside Canada

If the applicants have more than 2 years after graduation or are over 25 years old, there is a risk of “advanced age” when you are applying for a student visa in Canada. However, there are no age eligibility criteria if you convert from a visitor visa to a study permit. Our customers have a wide range of ages, from 19 years old to 55 years old. Change from a tourist visa to a study visa has a 90% of success rate. After a student visa is issued, you have a 100% chance to get your work permit in Canada

Yes. You Can! Changing tourist visa status to a work permit in Canada is possible. If you can meet eligibility requirements to apply for a visitor visa, you can apply for a study permit inside Canada within a month. After finishing a required amount of study time in Canada (at least 8 months for PGWPP), you are allowed to apply for an open work permit.

If the applicants have a major change that occurred after the first visa application (such as inheritance, IELTS re-examination score improvement), then it is difficult for the Immigration Bureau to reverse the case and give you approval for the second time. 

If you are applying for a student visa from your country and got rejected, then apply for a travel visa, the chance of denial is lower than applying for a student visa. Once a tourist visa is issued, an additional channel and insurance are given to the student visa. From this point onward, you can apply for jobs in Canada. After entering the country through a tourist visa, you can apply for a work visa in Canada by having a study permit first, it has a higher success rate. 


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