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672 Can a refugee work in Canada? Refugees are not allowed to work in Canada until they obtain an Employment Authorization document from Immigration Canada.
After a refugee claimant files an application for refugee status, they will be notified by Immigration Canada as to when they can apply for an Employment Authorization. It usually takes between three and four months from the time that a refugee claimant enters Canada until the time that the claimant will receive an Employment Authorization and be allowed to start working. All refugee claimants must be fingerprinted and photographed before they can apply for an Employment Authorization. The refugee and the refugee's dependents must also have a medical exam by a designated physician, and Immigration Canada must know the results of the exam.
The Employment Authorization is valid until the expiry date on the document, or until the Immigration and Refugee Board decides not to accept the claimant's application for refugee status, whichever happens first. The refugee will have to pay a $150 processing fee after they receive written notice that the Immigration and Refugee Board approved their refugee claim.
You can obtain more information about Employment Authorizations from a Canada Employment Centre, Immigration Canada office or from your lawyer.