Getting a work permit through the Francophone Mobility Program

Last updated: January 3, 2019

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Francophone Mobility Program

The Francophone Mobility program is for skilled workers destined for work outside the province of Quebec. The Canadian Embassy in Paris coordinates this program.

Relevant occupations:

Any skilled occupation in NOC levels 0, A or B, which includes:

  • Teachers
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Librarians


  • Citizen of a French-speaking country (such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Haiti, Morocco, etc.)
  • Any skilled occupation in NOC level 0, A or B
  • Employee meets the minimum education and experience requirements for the occupation as set out in the NOC description
  • The employee has a job offer from a Canadian employer located outside of the province of Quebec, for either contract or ongoing employment

Application process:

1.   The employer emails the Canadian Embassy in Paris ( with the following attachments:

  • A copy of the employee’s passport identification page
  • Offer letter with salary and benefits information
  • Job description, including job duties and requirements

The Embassy will respond by email; if the initial application is approved, you will be provided with the approval and instructions instructions on next steps in the process.

2.   The employer completes and submits the LMIA-exempt Offer of Employment in the Employer Portal, along with a payment of the $230 employer compliance fee. This will generate an Offer of Employment number, which is required for the work permit application.

3.   The employee must submit a work permit application to the Canadian Embassy in Paris through any of these methods:

  • Online through a MyCIC account
  • Through a Visa Application Centre
  • By mail directly to the Embassy

The application includes forms and supporting documents, including the e-Medical information sheet if applicable.

4.   The Embassy will issue the work permit approval letter and the actual work permit document is issued upon entry to Canada.

Processing times:

The Canadian Embassy’s processing time varies based on the volume of applications. On average, the processing time has been approximately four to six weeks.


  • $230 employer compliance fee
  • $155 work permit fee

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