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My girlfriend is from Sweden. She is coming to Canada with me and has a Work Permit already.

Question 1: How long can she stay in Canada on a Work Permit?

Question 2: Does she need any other type of visa to enter (Temporary Resident Visa or Visitors Visa) or is a Work Permit enough?

  • Related: expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions/1381/… – Karlson Jun 27 '14 at 18:37
  • Thanks for trying to help, but that link doesn't answer my question at all… That's more in terms of working on campus being a student. And the part that does mention a work permit doesn't answer my question. – Jake Jun 27 '14 at 18:43
  • It answers the 2nd Question. – Karlson Jun 27 '14 at 19:09
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    Incidentally, I don't think the TRV link answers the question at all, it's about visits and transit. – Gala Jun 27 '14 at 22:59
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    @Karlson I read the answer and the link but it's completely unclear whether it applies here at all. – Gala Jun 28 '14 at 7:35
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I want to let you know that I am not an immigration attorney, just someone very interested in Canadian immigration.

  1. Honestly, I don't think there is an issue with the duration of the work permit. If she has a regular work permit that was acquired through a labour market opinion, it can be renewed as long as you are working for the company that sponsoured the work permit. However, if her job is a HRSDC 0 (management), A (university education required) or B (college education required) position, she can apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class.
  2. According to CIC, she doesn't need a temporary resident visa because of her nationality. This is assuming, of course, that she is not found inadmissible due to medical or criminal reasons... but I seriously doubt that this would be an issue now that she has a work permit in hand.
  • The work permit was obtained through the Working Holiday section of the site below (on the left). She doesn't have a sponsor or a job yet. I thought it was a working visa. canadainternational.gc.ca/sweden-suede/… So i don't know if that's the same thing you did.. – Jake Jul 6 '14 at 17:38
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I came to Canada on a work permit. Mine was tied to my job and my company. It was valid for 2 years. It was extended twice until I eventually was granted the status of a Permanent Resident.

The work permit of your girlfriend should state for how long it is valid. It should also state what type of work she is permitted to do under the permit. You might not be able to attend a university, college or other educational institutions under that work permit.

Please check carefully.

EDIT: I knew this as "Work & Travel Visa" from other occasions. It's definitively different from what I did. But my daughter did it when she came to do a stint for a month.

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/sweden-suede/experience_canada_experience/working_holiday-vacances_travail.aspx

The Working Holiday category is designed for Swedish citizens who intend to travel in Canada and who wish to find temporary paid employment to help pay for their stay (maximum 12 months).

So if I read the web page correctly then your girlfriends visa will be valid for 12 months.

  • The work permit was obtained through the Working Holiday section of the site below (on the left). She doesn't have a sponsor or a job yet. I thought it was a working visa. canadainternational.gc.ca/sweden-suede/… So i don't know if that's the same thing you did. – Jake Jul 6 '14 at 17:38

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