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Canadian Work Permit - A Guide!
Many competent immigrant employees from throughout the world find working in Canada to be an appealing alternative. On Temporary Canadian Work Permits, about 200,000 foreign skilled workers arrive in Canada each year. There is absolutely no explanation for why you can’t experience this as well!
Foreign skilled employees need to receive a temporary job offer from a Canadian business in order to work temporarily in Canada, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada should issue them with a Temporary Foreign Worker Permit. Whether you or a family member is seeking a PR card, you may also do it through an “Open Work” permission. If you are an American or a Mexican, the NAFTA agreement allows you to expedite the working visa application procedure.
If you’re searching for work, you might need to know your National Occupation Classification Code in Canada (NOC Code). By Canadian standards, this code is employed to categorize all forms of employment.
How to Apply for a Canadian Work Visa
In order to obtain a temporary Canadian work visa, you must follow these simple steps:
- Employer requests a labor market analysis (if necessary)
- Employer offers foreign workers a temporary position
- A talented foreign worker requests a work visa
- A work permit is granted.
Step 1: LMIAs (previously LMOs), or labor market impact assessments
In most situations, you must be eligible for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as an LMO, from Service Canada prior to submitting for a temporary Canadian work visa. A short-term tourist visa does not grant the right to work in Canada.
What distinguishes LMOs and LMIAs from one another?
Although the method for getting an LMIA is similar to that for LMOs, there are important distinctions.
- High-Paying Jobs
- The application forms are now more detailed than the previous LMOs.
- Employers are required to complete a “transition plan” outlining their strategy for filling the position occupied by the temporary foreign employees on an ongoing basis;
- Employers must maintain more thorough records throughout the foreign worker’s tenure in Canada;
- Applications submitted by individuals will be handled more swiftly.
LMIA decisions will be given to foreign workers in skilled trades, highly compensated employees earning incomes in the top 10% of Canadian income, and individuals immigrating for four months or fewer in 10 business days.
Low Wage LMIAs
The processes and standards used for Low-Wage LMIAs differ slightly from those used for High-Wage LMIAs. Compared to high-wage employment offers, low-income job offers are subject to more restrictions.
- Employers can now only hire a migrant worker for one one-year period at a time for low-wage positions if the LMIA is positive.
- Low-wage foreign workers cannot make up more than 10% of the workforce in companies with even more than 10 workers.
- Companies whose workforces do not adhere to this regulation will be subject to transitional measures.
- No longer will Canadian businesses in the hospitality and food service industry, as well as the retail trade industry, be able to submit LMIA applications for positions in 10 lower-skill occupations.
- Canadian businesses must now meet the same requirements as high-wage LMIA applicants, including paying a higher application cost, completing longer application forms, and maintaining thorough records of their hiring procedures.
Step 2: Employer advances temporary offer of employment
The company is required to provide the foreign skilled worker with a copy of the approved LMIA and a thorough “job offer letter.”
According to CIC, Canadian businesses must create a formal employment contract, or “job offer letter,” which must contain the following information:
- Position’s name in the company
- position description
- Conditions for applying for the temporary employment
- information on the start and end dates
- Details on the pay
- the company’s name and address
The legitimacy and reality of the job offer will be confirmed by Canada Service Agency. The Canadian Immigration Department (CIC) will issue employment permission for the firm’s future workers to work in Canada once the LMIA has been used to verify the offer of employment.
Step 3: Foreign Skilled Worker Submits Work Permit Application
You can register for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit when you have an LMIA and “Job Offer Letter” in order. You could also be required to acquire a Certificate d’ acceptation du Québec (CAQ) in order to find employment temporarily in Quebec if the employer recruiting you is located in the province of Quebec. You might need to appear in person for a visa officer interview while requesting a temporary foreign working permit. A Canada Work Permit will be awarded if the visa officer is certain that the foreign worker’s employment will not negatively impact Canadians’ ability to find work in Canada and that the migrant worker is qualified for the role.
Step 4: Obtain a Temporary Work Permit for Canada.
When qualified foreign employees enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will grant them a Canadian Temporary Work Permit. In order to get into Canada, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may also be required, depending on the nationality of the foreign worker. To acquire a work visa, there are a few more straightforward procedures to go through.
Who doesn't need to submit an LMIA application?
Employers in Canada can hire some TFWs without an LMIA, just like they could with the previous LMOs. Temporary work licenses are included in the following categories that are excluded from the LMIA:
- specialized personnel protected under the NAFTA agreement;
- Internal Transferees;
- Members in International Experience Canada (also called as holders of Working Holiday Permits);
- holders of temporary employment permits for post-graduates;
- holders of Open Work Permits; and
- Participants in private academic exchanges like visiting lecturers and postdoctoral fellows.
- These programs and others like them are now designated as “International Mobility Programs.”
Who May Receive a Bridging Work Permit?
- Applicants for Federal Skilled Workers
- applicants for the Canadian Experience Class
- applicants for the Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Provincial nominees
What conditions must be met to obtain a work permit?
You must fit into one of the aforementioned groups and satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible:
- Right now, you’re in Canada
- Your temporary work permit is still in effect and is due to expire in four months.
- Your application for permanent residence under one of the following categories has been approved: economic, federal skilled worker, Canadian experience class, or federal skilled trades program.
- Your registration for an open work permit has been submitted.
ETA Form Requirement
Foreign citizens without a visa who travel by air to or through Canada must fill out an electronic travel authorization form (eTA). U.S. citizens and anyone with a current Canadian visa are exclusions. Permanent residents of Canada and Canadian citizens, including dual nationals, are not eligible to apply for an eTA.
Important: In order to enter or transit through Canada, you must get a visa if you are stateless or traveling with a passport or other travel authorization given to a person who is not a citizen of the United States.
Employment in Canada While Traveling
Many visitors to Canada discover work opportunities after arriving as tourists. People can enquire if it’s possible to work while on a visiting visa. Not really, is the response. If you are visiting Canada on a visitor visa, you cannot make money there or from there! The Single Entry and Multiple Entry Canadian Visitor Visas are distinct from one another.
Employment in Canada when using a student visa
Since June 2014, individuals with Canadian Study Permits who satisfy the requirements may work on or away from the campus without obtaining a separate work permit. Those who meet the following requirements may work up to 20 hours per week:
- require a current Canadian Study Permit
- must enroll in school full-time.
- Must be enrolled in a Canadian design program that is approved.
- must be enrolled in post-secondary education in Canada, or;
- must be pursuing a secondary vocational certification or, in Quebec, a postsecondary degree.
- must be enrolled in a course of study leading to a diploma, degree, or certificate.
- must be enrolled in a course of study that lasts for a minimum of 6 months.
How long will it take for my work visa to arrive once I submit my application?
The amount of time it takes to process a work permit entirely relies on how well your application was filled out and whose office you applied to. A Canadian Work Permit can be processed between 1 to 27 weeks, according to our research.