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How Does an Employment Visa Differ From an Immigrant Visa ?

Employment visa allows an applicant to live and work in Canada for a certain period of time and it is a written authorization issued by an officer to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The applicant on an employment visa does not have the right of permanent residency visa holder.

The immigrant visa is typically valid for several months and must be used within this time frame or it becomes obsolete and an applicant has to file again for an employment visa.

However, on the other hand Immigrant visa gives the full right to the visa holders to live and work anywhere in Canada, have the privileges of a Canadian citizen, and may apply for the Canadian citizenship after three years, and also can sponsor the eligible relatives to come and settle in Canada. Additionally, the Canadian permanent residency rights are also granted to your dependent family member which is not the case with the individuals coming on an employment visa. Thus, Permanent residence is a legal status given to an applicant to legally reside and earn a living anywhere in Canada. The PR card is valid for 5 years and may be renewed repeatedly and indefinitely. To be able to apply for Canadian citizenship a permanent resident needs to be physically present in Canada for at least 3 years out of 5 in continuity.

Below is the table to help you understand the basic difference between an Employment visa and an Immigrant visa


Immigrant Visa

Employment Visa


1-5 years, can also apply for Canadian citizenship

Depends upon employer

Relocation with family



Change of employer

Yes, an applicant can change job on this visa

No, a new employer will need to provide a fresh sponsorship letter

Family Benefits

Yes, entitled to receive family benefits


Can spouse work?



Can you move into other cities

Yes, you may move to other states through this visa

No, unless and until employer wants you to move


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