Family Member of Foreign Representative
The spouse or child of a foreign representative might qualify for a Canadian work permit exemption under this category. However, they must fulfil the following conditions:
- Must be recognized by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) that includes a counterfoil from GAC in the passport.
- Most hold a no objection letter issued by GAC.
Foreign Government Officer or Representative
If you are a foreign national who:
- Is employed by a foreign government body that is operating under an exchange agreement that enables officials to work in the home country’s government agency and in Canada
- Is a foreign diplomat or official representative of some other country
- Is a foreign diplomat or official representative of the UN.
Health Care Student
This category allows international health care students pursuing their education at a foreign institute to participate in clinical clerkships or short-term practicums in Canada without having a Canadian work permit. Students pursuing studies in streams such as medicine, nursing, medical technology, and occupational and physical therapy fall under this job type. However, these internships or practices should be unpaid and should last not more than four months.
Judge, referee, or similar official
Judges, referees, and other officials travelling to Canada to participate in international amateur competitions such as sports, arts, agriculture or cultural are exempted from having Canadian work permits.
If you hold the membership of any of the armed forces of any country you do not require a Canadian work permit, provided you should be in receipt of movement orders declaring that you are travelling to Canada under the Visiting Forces Act.
News Reporter or Film Media
Work Permit Exemption under this category is applicable to news reporters and crew members travelling to Canada to cover on the events in the country. This category comprises of journalists ensuring their employer is not a Canadian company. Moreover, this type does not include clerks or managers unless they are reporting on special events that would last for six months or less.
Producer or staff member working on advertisements
If you are a foreign national travelling to Canada to shoot for an internationally financed commercial/advertising shoot for television, magazine or other media then you may be entitled to work permit exemption. Also, you must be either film producer, actor, director, technician or other essential personnel.
Some of the performing artists are qualified to work in Canada without a work permit. To be one of these performing artists, the foreign national must fulfil the following conditions:
- Is the artist or the main support staff to the artist
- Will perform in Canada for a limited time
- No plans to be employed for current Canadian employment that he/she is in contract with
- No engagement in producing any media broadcast
A guest or commercial speaker or a seminar leader, being from a foreign land may be eligible for a work permit exemption. The events lasting no longer than 5 days can only be considered for the speakers to be exempted.
Here, a religious leader refers to a foreign national who is an appointed minister or a member of a religious order. He/She might be eligible for work permit exemption to carry out religious activities in Canada. Their duties may include preaching, leading worship and/or spiritual counselling.
Short-term highly-skilled worker
Under this category, the highly-skilled workers are allowed to work in Canada for a specific period of time without the work permit. This includes the foreign nationals working under the jobs enlisted under NOC 0 r A category by IRCC.
Also, the person is allowed to work for:
- up to 15 consecutive days once every six months or
- up to 30 consecutive days once every year
The Canadian work permit exemption under this job type is applicable to only those foreign nationals who meet the following requirements:
- Must be conducting research at a public degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution
- Must work for only maximum consecutive days
- Must not have worked in Canada under this exemption in the last 12 months
Students Working Off-campus
Full-time international students are exempted from having a work permit to work in Canada. However, they are allowed to work for only 20 hours per week during their study periods and can work full-time during their scheduled academic breaks and holidays.
Students Working On-Campus
A Full-time international student is exempted from having a work permit to work on-campus in Canada. However, he/she is allowed to work for only 20 hours per week during their study periods and can work full-time during their scheduled academic breaks and holidays.
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