The first company that I worked for here didn’t know how to get me a work permit. They were thinking that I would just work here illegally without insurance and fly to HK every 3 months. Without a work permit, ARC, you can’t apply for insurance plus you would be working illegally.
I’m sure that if they really want to hire you, this is not a big deal for them. Just paperwork hassle.Once all paperwork is turned into WDA, it takes 10 days for the permit to arrive. This is not recommended, but I will admit that I was working for them as they were collecting all documents. I had already quit my job in the US and was here.
Your potential employer will have to meet some revenue criteria for them to hire you as well as some other things for you (education, minimum foreigner wage) for you depending on what kind of work you are doing.
Best of wishes for your new employment.