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Canada Temporary Work Permit
Each year, close to 200,000 foreign skilled workers come to work in Canada on Temporary Work Permits.
In order to work in Canada on a temporary basis, foreign skilled workers must have a temporary offer of employment from a Canadian employer and be granted a positive labour market opinion by Human Resources and deleted word Development Canada (HRDC). There are several steps to this process.
- Step 1: Employer applies for Labour Market Opinion, if necessary
- Step 2: Employer extends Temporary Job Offer
- Step 3: Foreign Skilled Worker applies for Work Permit
- Step 4: Work Permit is issued
Depending upon the foreign worker’s country of citizenship, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may also need to be obtained in order to enter Canada.
Do you have a Canadian job offer and need a Work Permit?
Are you a Canadian Employer who needs to obtain Work Permits for new employees?
Note that a Canada Temporary Work Permit is for those foreign skilled workers who plan on working in Canada for a finite period of time. To work and live in Canada on a Permanent basis, foreign workers must undertake the Canadian immigration process.
However, a Temporary Work Permit may be a stepping stone to Canadian Permanent Residency. Once in Canada on a Temporary Work Permit, a foreign worker may qualify for Canadian immigration (Permanent Residency) under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), through a Skilled Worker category, or through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
Work in Canada – Basic Facts
- For Canadian immigration purposes, “work” is defined as an activity for which remuneration is earned or as an activity that competes directly with activities of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents in the Canadian labour market.
- Canadian immigration authorities require a Work Permit for a limited number of work related activities in Canada.
- A job offer from a Canadian employer is usually a prerequisite to receiving a Canadian Work Permit.
- In some instances, Canadian immigration regulations allow for “Open” Work Permits, which are not employer specific.
- Work Permits are always temporary in nature, but can often be extended from inside Canada.
- Normally, Work Permits will only be granted by Canadian immigration authorities if supported by a positive “Labour Market Opinion” (LMO) letter issued by Human Resources and deleted word Development Canada (HRDC), indicating that the proposed employment will not adversely affect Canadian workers.
The Open Work Permit
If you are eligible to work in Canada, accompanying family members may also be able to work in Canada due to the permit issued to you. If they plan to work while in Canada, they should find out if they are eligible for an “open” work permit. An open work permit will allow them to work in any job. The work permits of your accompanying family members will be valid for no longer than the duration of your own work permit. The eligibility of your spouse or common-law partner for an open work permit depends on the job’s skill level. Dependent children as well may be entitled to an open work permit through an active pilot project.
Important information regarding Canadian Work Visas
Work visas or employment authorizations are considered as work permits in Canada. Canadian work permits are issued by officials of the Canadian Government in order to allow a foreign individual to work at a specific job or for a specific employer. Anyone who does not have a Canadian citizenship nor is a permanent resident of Canada needs a valid work permit in order to work in Canada. However, foreign workers may do some jobs in Canada without having work permits.
Immediate Canada Requirements List of Workers:
- Truck Drivers
- Auto Mechanic
- Diesel Mechanic
- Denter / Painter
- Heavy Duty Mechanic
- Meat Manager/Meat Cutter
- Kitchen Helper
- Concrete finisher
- Forklift Operator
- Home Painter
- Food Beverage Server/Bar tenders
- Housekeeping Manager
Our experts will help you with preparing your application and a complete list of the documents required for the WORK PERMIT
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