Canada holds Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with several countries (or groups of countries) which include provisions for the movement of skilled labour. These countries include the following:
Depending on the specific agreement, either a positive or negative list of occupations indicates the occupations that are eligible under the agreement. In addition, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
Spouses may be eligible for open work permits upon application. Minor children of parents on a work permit may study in Canada on visitor status.
FTA based work permits can be issued for a period of up to three years and are renewable, in theory, indefinitely. These work permits are however based on temporary entry. If the applicant’s stay is of a duration that no longer appears temporary a renewal will likely be refused unless the applicant can prove otherwise.
There are other free trade agreements with similar provisions current under negotiation.