APPLY NOW – How to Get a Canada Work Visa with a High School Diploma

APPLY NOW – How to Get a Canada Work Visa with a High School Diploma


Everybody wants to immigrate to Canada to find greener pastures! Well, it is not a surprise as Canada is one of the countries of the world that offers better job opportunities. It has been seen as one of the top destinations of immigrants in recent years.

The Canadian government has extended its immigration target to welcome 1.23 million immigrants to the country from 2021 to 2023 in a bid to help fill up labour shortages in the country as a result of the high rate of retirees in the country and also to contribute to the growth and development of the country.


You can immigrate to Canada as there are a lot of in-demand jobs in Canada and whether you have a high school diploma, you can still move to Canada and work. It is not a must to have a post-secondary school qualification as there are some visa programs for you if you have a secondary qualification and you want to immigrate to Canada to work.


In this article, we are going to be showing you how you can get a Canadian work visa even if you just have a high school diploma. So you shouldn’t be discourage in your quest to move to Canada to find work as the information here will help you get a job in Canada with a high school diploma.

Without much stress and boring talks, let’s take you through what we have for you.


Getting a work visa will help you gain entry into Canada and for you to get a work visa in Canada; you will have to follow the steps we will be highlighting below.

  • Get a work permit in Canada

For you to work in Canada as a foreigner, you will certainly need a work permit and sometimes a study permit. The work permit allows you to work in Canada and you can even get to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The work permit is needed for you to get a work visa.

Getting a work permit in Canada will depend on your career or field. You can apply for either the open work permit or the employer-specific work permit.

Open work permit: this work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada. It doesn’t restrict you to a particular employer or province in Canada. This means that you don’t really need a LMIA as you can work for any employer. The open-work permit is good if you are applying through the Express Entry System as you will not necessarily be looking for a valid job offer though it gives you an advantage over other applicants.

Employer-specific work permit: this work permit restricts you to a particular employer in Canada and here, you will need a valid job offer and a copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the employer to help you in your application for the work visa. The employer-specific work permit is also known as the closed work permit. If you are applying through the Provincial Nomination Program, then the employer-specific work permit is the best fit as it will allow you to work for a particular employer in Canada or in a specific province in Canada.

  • Know if you are eligible

Being eligible for Canadian work visa means that you meet the following criteria we will be highlighting below.

  • You must have a valid job offer depending on the visa program you applied for
  • You must proof that you will leave Canada after your visa expires
  • You must have a sound health
  • You must have no criminal record
  • You must proof that you have enough funds to support your stay in Canada
  • Follow your country-specific instruction guide

Applying for a work permit doesn’t only depend on the visa program you are going through but also the country you are applying from. There are some additional requirements that may be required by your local immigration department or the Canadian government. Make sure you check the requirements carefully, follow every instruction correctly and present every requested document so your visa won’t be denied.

  • You should go for jobs that are in line with your career and experience

Why would you apply for a job that is not related to your field of experience or career, you are certainly not getting that job. Applying for a job in line with your career is part of the requirement for applying for a Canadian visa. You have a higher chance of getting a job offer from an employer in Canada if you best fit the job position you apply for.

  • Gather supporting documents

You will have to get all the supporting documents required in your instruction guide and some documents might take longer time than others so you will have to apply for the documents that take longer time first before applying for those that take a quicker process. For instance, the medical and police clearance documents might take longer time to get like 3months or more.

  • Complete and submit your application

Once you have everything and all the documents needed for complete your application, you can start the process of creating your account and submitting your application.

You can create it on the government website or you can go through a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) as they will help you create your account and submit your application.

Once you have completed your application, you will have to pay the application fees before you submit your application.

Visa Programs In Canada To Apply For With A High School Diploma

If you are asking if there are visa programs in Canada that you can apply for with a high school diploma, then the answer is yes!!We will be looking at these visa programs you are eligible for as a high school diploma holder and how you can apply for them.

So don’t stop reading…

  1. The Express Entry System: The Federal Skilled Trade Program

The Federal skilled Trade Program is one of the federal streams under the Express Entry System through which you can go through even if you don’t have a post-secondary school certificate.

The Express Entry system is the most popular immigration system in Canada and also one of the fastest programs and so you can see yourself moving to Canada earlier even with a high school diploma if you go through the Federal Skilled Trade Program.

This will mean that you must be a trades worker and a skilled one at that. Trade jobs in Canada are those in electrical, industrial and construction sectors, agricultural production and also those in culinary sector like the bakers, cooks, butchers etc. 

We will be looking at some of the requirements that make you eligible for the program.

  • You must have at least two years of full-time experience in the trade job within the past five years
  • You must meet the language level for your trade job
  • You must meet the job requirement based on your National Occupation Classification (NOC) code
  • You either have a valid job offer in Canada for at least one-year or a Canadian certificate of qualification in your trade job.
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

This is a program designed to help the smaller communities in Canada strengthen their economies and so it allows foreigners to apply for jobs posted by employers in Canada who are part of the participating communities. Through this program, successful applicants can get permanent residence to live and work in Canada.

One interesting thing about this program is that as a foreigner, you become aware of the jobs that are in demand in Canada and also the community where the jobs are available. So through this, you get to know the best jobs in Canada for you as a high school diploma holder and where to find them.

Working in these communities will help you to save cost as they basically have a low cost of living unlike the urban areas and also since there are no much competition for jobs in the part of Canada, there will be high demand for labour and also the employers will be willing to pay higher salaries or wages.

There are about five participating provinces with eleven participating communities in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and we will be looking at them shortly.

  • Brandon in Manitoba
  • Thunder Bay in Ontario
  • Timmins in Ontario
  • North Bay in Ontario
  • Claresholm in Alberta
  • Altona/Rhineland
  • Vernon in British Columbia
  • West Kootenay in British Columbia
  • Sudbury in Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario
  • Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan

You will have to meet some requirements to be eligible for this program and they are:

  • You must have at least one year work experience in the past three years
  • You must have a high school diploma that is equivalent to the Canadian standard
  • You must have a valid job that is not seasonal in one of the participating RNIP communities mentioned above
  • You must meet the required language levels based on your NOC code
  • You must have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family.

Additional Tips for you

It is pretty easy to get a Canadian work visa like we mentioned earlier, just get a work permit that would allow you work in Canada and you are good to go. You will just have to choose the right visa program for you and also make sure that you meet the requirements for the program you are applying for.

You will have to also complete the application form accurately and make sure you do this before the deadline as this will determine whether you will be successful or not in your application.

Also, it doesn’t take long to get a work visa in Canada though it varies from case to case depending on where you are applying from and also if your application is complete. But the general waiting time can take anywhere between 1 and 27 weeks.

Final Note

Reading this part of the article means that you really took your time to read the article and you must have seen that you can actually get a job in Canada even with a high school diploma and you just have to make sure you follow the right immigration program so that your application process will be easy and faster.

Like we have mentioned, the best time to start your application is now and make sure when applying, you have all the necessary documents needed for your application so as to have a good application process and avoid delays in application processing time.

We wish you all the best in your application.

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