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Job offer or contract for work? Канада

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada Department (ESDC) are responsible for determining whether a particular job offer made by a Canadian employer to a foreign individual should be approved.

ESDC confirmation is based on the following conditions:

  • The offer of employment is genuine;
  • The wages and working conditions of the employment are sufficient to attract and retain Canadians; and
  • The employment is full-time and not seasonal.

Canadian Employers are required by CIC and ESDC to prepare a formal employment contract or a Job Offer Letter for future employees, which must include:

  • Job title for the position being offered;
  • Job description, including main duties and responsibilities;
  • Requirements for the position – a list of necessary professional credentials, education, skills, experience, and licenses, as required;
  • Details about start and end dates (if applicable) of the position;
  • Specifics about the salary you are offering – both wages and other forms of payment;
  • The name and address of the employer, the address of the employee’s future place of work, and the details of a contact person at the Canadian company who is familiar with the job offer.

Along with verifying that the job offer is genuine, ESDC will ensure that the conditions the Canadian company is offering are consistent with Canadian standards. Once ESDC has confirmed the job offer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), IRCC will grant employment authorization for the company’s future employees to work in Canada.

Please note: If the employment is to take place in the Province of Quebec, the job offer must also be approved by the Quebec Government.

ICS can guide you through the Work Permit process.

The many advantages of obtaining a genuine Canadian job offer include:

  • Additional points under the Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) Category of Canadian Immigration.
  • Additional points under the Federal Skilled Trades Category of Canadian Immigration.
  • An essential element for qualification under the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP).
  • Priority processing of your application for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa.
  • Quick entry to Canada on a Work Permit during the processing of your Canadian Immigration application.
  • And most importantly, a Canadian job will put food on your table and a roof over your head.

ICS’s Job Search Services pulls together current job postings and employer contact information from numerous Canadian government and private sectors.
We communicate with potential employers on behalf of our clients to explain the simplicity of a Canadian job offer in the Canadian Immigration process.

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Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Visas

Information about Canada work visa types.

Canada is a highly developed country with many opportunities for work and a good salary. Because of this, it attracts many foreign workers who want to go there and find good jobs. The Government of Canada has anticipated this and that is why they have designed the work visas.

If you want to work in Canada, you must have a Canadian work permit which allows you to find an employer or to sign a contract for work. A work permit is a document for which you must apply when you apply for the visa to go to Canada. The application is done at the same time and the Consular Office will treat your visa application as a work permit application.

There are two ways through which you can get a Canada work permit:

  • Through Temporary Work Visas
  • Through Permanent or Immigrant Work Visas

The first group of visas allows you to work in Canada for six months or less as a temporary worker. The second group of visas is given to those who are immigrating in Canada because they have found a suitable job. This article will focus on the Temporary Work Visa overview.

What Are the Canada Temporary Work Visas?

A Temporary Work Visa for Canada is a combination of a Temporary Resident Visa and a Work Permit. With a TRV, you are allowed to stay in Canada for 6 months or less, while the Work Permit for Canada allows you to also work in the job that you have already found or to look for a job.

This work visa for Canada is not permanent and will expire after a few months or years depending on the type you have. This means that after the Canadian work visa expires, then you can either apply to have it renewed or return to your home country. The maximum amount of time you can work temporarily in Canada with all extensions is 4 years. However, that is not applicable for each case and may depend on the country you are from and which type of visa you have.

You cannot stay and work in Canada after your visa expires because you will put yourself at risk for deportation. This means you will not be able to get a Canada visa again.

Who Needs a Temporary Work Visa for Canada?

Anyone who intends to enter Canada with the reasons to work and earn a salary must get a Temporary Work Visa, or Work Permit. You must be involved in these activities to need the work permit:

  • Your intention is to become employed in Canada with a salary.
  • You will get your salary from a company that is registered in Canada as a business.
  • Your primary location of work will be Canada.
  • Your salary will be paid to you and deposited in a Canadian bank account.

However, if your place of work is outside Canada and you are in the country for a short period of time for work purposes, then you do not need a work permit.

Those who may not need a Canadian work permit are the following groups of visitors:

  • Foreign Government Workers.
  • Foreign Government Representatives and their family members.
  • Military personnel.
  • Business visitors.
  • Performing artists.
  • Athletes and their team members.
  • Judges, referees, or similar workers.
  • Media crews and news reporters.
  • Public speakers and convention organizers.
  • Evaluators and examiners.
  • Clergy.
  • Health care students.
  • Students who are working on campus.
  • Civil aviation inspectors.
  • Aviation accident inspectors.
  • Emergency service providers.
  • Expert witnesses and investigators.
  • Researchers who have to work in Canada for 120 days only.

If you do not belong to any of these groups, then you will need a Temporary Work Visa and Permit.

Am I Eligible to Apply for a Canadian Work Visa and Permit?

In order to qualify, any applicant who wants to work in Canada temporarily must be eligible and fulfill the Canada work visa eligibility criteria as follows:

  • Prove you are willing to leave Canada and return to your home country when your work permit expires.
  • Respect the conditions of your work permit, depending on whether it is open and you can work for any employer or if it is specific and you are only allowed to work for one employer;
  • Prove you will not work for an employer who is engaged in a work type that is prohibited such as striptease services, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages;

If you are applying for the work permit and visa from outside of Canada, so from your home country, you must also fulfill the Temporary Visa requirements.

On the other hand, if you are applying from inside Canada, then you must also fulfill these Canada work permit requirements:

  • You are currently in Canada with a study permit or you have a work permit that will expire soon.
  • Graduated from a Canadian educational institution.
  • Gave a temporary res >

What are the types of Temporary Work Visas for Canada?

To address all the needs of foreign workers, the Government of Canada issues different types of Temporary Work Visas depending on the needs of the applicant. There are 4 types of work permits or work visas that you can get:

Temporary Foreign Workers Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the standard temporary worker visa. It is issued to foreign workers who already have a job offer from a Canadian company and for which the company has already obtained a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Government of Canada.

Open Work Permit

The Open Work Permit is given to foreign workers who are going to Canada with a job offer but the permit allows them to switch employers. This is different from the other work permits/visas because it is not employer specific. The other work permits/visas do not allow you to change employers while in Canada.

Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday Visa is given to young people from 30 countries, so they can work in Canada and travel. It is a random selection visa which means that applicants will submit their applications and wait to be randomly selected to apply for the work permit.

Post Graduate Work Permit

The Post Graduate Work Permit is given to students who have completed a degree from a Canadian educational institution and want to stay in Canada longer through working.

How to Apply for a Temporary Work Visa for Canada?

An overview of the steps on how to apply for a work visa for Canada are as follows:

Get a temporary job offer from a Canadian Company

Depending on the type of work permit that you are applying for, you will most likely need a job offer from an employer in Canada.

  • If you are getting an Open Work Permit, you will have the chance to switch employers and find a different one once you are in Canada. But if you want an employer specific permit, then you will need to find the job before you apply for it.
  • To get the Foreign Temporary Workers Visa, you must find a job in Canada from your home country.
  • If you are only planning to go to Canada and look for the job, then you must skip this step.
  • If you are applying for a working holiday visa, your chances of getting the visa will be higher if you already know where you will work.

There are many resources online which will help you with your job search in Canada. You can visit different websites, or you can contact head hunting services in Canada and pay them to find you a job. Whichever way you choose, you will need the employer to agree to send you a job offer for temporary work before you apply for the work visa.

The company you will work for must have a LMIA

After you find the job, the company that has agreed to hire you must apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Government of Canada. A LMIA is a document which the government issues and serves as an authorization for the company to hire foreign temporary workers.

The company you want to work for must apply for it and demonstrate that by giving you this job, they are not taking jobs away from Canadian citizens of permanent residents. They must prove that there are no willing, available, or qualified people within Canada for that job position, and therefore they must hire foreign workers. After they get the LMIA, you must have the document and then apply for work permit in Canada.

Submit the application for Canada Work Visa and Permit

After the Canadian Government issues the LMIA to the company that has hired you, then it is time to apply for the Temporary Work Visa. You can do this online through the Government of Canada website or in person at any Canadian Consulate Office.

You must submit the application forms and the supporting documents which will be evaluated from the Consular officers. The officers might also ask you to have a medical examination as well as an interview to determine your eligibility and whether you would return from Canada after your work permit expires.

To apply for a Canadian work visa, you must submit the following application forms and supporting documents:

  • Application forms which include:
    • IMM 1295 – Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada.
    • Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa.
    • Family Information Form IMM 5645.
    • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union IMM 5409 (if applicable).
    • IMM 5476 – Use of Representative Form (if applicable).
    • IMM 5475 – Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (if applicable).
  • Your passport which must be valid for more than 6 months after your planned date of entry into Canada.
  • A photocopy of your passport and all its pages.
  • Two photos as per the Photo Requirements.
  • Proof of current immigration status (if your country of residence is different from your country of citizenship).
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • Copy of children’s birth certificates (if applicable).
  • Police record certificates. You must prove you have no criminal record in the past and that you have been a law-abiding citizen
  • Proof of having enough funds in your bank account to finance yours and your family’s stay in Canada as well as enough to return to your home country.
  • Your resume or CV.
  • Your education diplomas and certificates.
  • Valid job offer from your employer.
  • The LMIA document.
  • If you will be working in Quebec, you need a Certificate d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ).
  • Complete the medical examination. The officials of the Canadian Consulate may ask you to go through a medical exam to prove that you are in good health and able to work. You must follow their instructions and require a licensed doctor to sign your documents.

Complete the Canada Work visa interview.

The officials might also ask for an interview to determine that you have submitted the right document and that you are being truthful. Most often, they will try to determine whether you will return back to your home country after your work permit expires. You must show up at the scheduled time for your interview and answer the questions honestly.

Wait for processing

When you submit the Canadian work visa application, the consular officers will have to process it and make a decision. Depending on the country you are from, the work permit processing time is between 3 to 27 weeks. After this, the officers will issue a decision on whether you can work in Canada or not.

Travel to Canada

If the Government of Canada decided that you can work in the country, then you can start making travel and accommodation arrangements. When you get to the Port of Entry (PoE) in Canada you must show them all your documents and your approved work permit.

The PoE officers have the authority to decide whether they want to let you into the country and for how long. Even if the Consular Office issues a visa for 6 months, the PoE officers can issue it for only 3 months and you will only have that time to work in Canada. After that, you will have to apply for an extension or return to your home country.

How Long is the Canada Work Visa Valid?

The temporary Canada work visa is valid for 6 months or less. After that, you have the option of applying for an extension to the Consulate or return to your home country. The amount of time that you are allowed to stay in Canada with all extensions is no more than 4 years. The length of the extensions though depends on the Canadian Consulate decisions.

What are the Fees for the Canada Work Visa?

When you apply for the work permit and visa, you will have to pay the application fees. The fee for the work permit is CAD$155. Every time you submit an application for an extension, you will have to pay this fee again. If you are applying for an Open Work Permit, the fee is CAD$100.

Can I Bring my Dependents With me With a Canada Work Visa?

The Canadian Government allows the person who has the work permit to add his close family to the application. The people who are allowed to accompany you to Canada are your spouse or common-law partner and minor children. When you apply, you must add their documents to the application too so as to be considered a family application.

Can I Apply for Permanent Residence with a Canada Work Visa?

You cannot apply for permanent residence with a Canada temporary work visa; however, while you are in Canada, you can apply for Permanent Visas such as:

You must meet the eligibility criteria for these visas. It is not guaranteed that you will be approved for them, but the application procedures will be easier if you are already working in Canada.

Canada Work Visa Extension

Since the Work Visa is not permanent (six months or less) once it is about to expire, you can either apply to extend it or return to your home country after expiry. If you want to extend your work visa, you have to apply for a visa extension at least 30 days before expiry.

You can only apply for a work visa extension if:

  • You sign a new work contract with your employer AND
  • Your employer gets a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); OR
  • Your employer pays for the employer compliance fee and submits a new employment offer

You can apply for the work permit extension in one of two ways: online and on paper.

To apply online you will need to create an account on IRCC’s website. There, you can find document checklists, application forms, and guidelines on how to apply. To apply on paper, you need to download the application package, fill out all the application forms, print and sign them, get all the necessary documents, pay the fees, and mail them to the address given on the application package.

The necessary documents and forms for a work permit extension

Forms

  • Application to Change Conditions, Extend my stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker (IMM 5710)
  • Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)
  • Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475)
  • If applicable: Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409)

Documents

You will need the same documents as for a Visitor Record (see above). However, you will also need additional documents such as:

  • If you have one: Copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and a copy of your job offer letter from your prospective employer.
  • If your employer has not obtained a LMIA, include a copy of the Offer of Employment number your employer gives you.
  • For a live-in caregiver: Photocopy of signed employment contract.
  • If working in Quebec: A Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI)
  • If participating in the International Experience Canada (IEC) program: Proof of health insurance for the duration of your stay.
  • For students: Academic standing – photocopies of transcripts from your last two study periods or letter from the institutional registrar.
  • For provincial nominees:
    • Proof of nomination.
    • Offer of employment from someone in your province.
    • Statement from your province identifying your job and employer along with the details of your job (payment, working conditions, the nature of the job). The statement must also reveal that your employer needs you on the job and that the job offer will provide economic benefits.

Documents required for work permit extension for spouses/common law partners

Spouse/common-law partners of open permit workers

  • Employment contract/job offer of the primary foreign worker’s current employer which confirms his/her employment.
  • Copy of the primary foreign worker’s last three payslips
  • Copy of the primary foreign worker’s work permit

Spouse/common-law partners of full-time students

  • A valid enrollment letter of the student as a Canadian educational institution.
  • Copy of the student’s study permit.

Documents required for work permit extension for refugee claimants

  • Proof you are unable to support yourself without social welfare.
  • Proof you referred your refugee claim to the Immigration and Refugee board (IRB)

Can I Get A Canadian Work Permit Without A Job Offer?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in Canada? Maybe you’ve already gotten a job offer, and you’re not sure what your next step is. Do you need a Canadian work permit or what should you cons > The answer to that question is, “It depends.” Read on to learn about what jobs you’ll need a work permit for, and which jobs don’t require one.

Types of Work Permits

Before we discuss what kinds of jobs require a work permit and which don’t, it’s important to understand what kinds of work permits and visas the Canadian government offers to people interested in coming to Canada.

There are a number of categories of foreign workers in Canada. A temporary foreign worker is, as the name implies, someone who comes to Canada to work for a brief time. There are two types of working permits in Canada available to foreign workers: open and employer-specific. An open work permit means that you can work for any employer, except for those who don’t comply with Canada’s labour laws or for those companies that offer escort services, erotic massage or exotic dancing. As the name implies, an employer-specific work permit allows you to work for one particular employer.

You could also immigrate to Canada as a part of the Express Entry system. Permanent workers are those who plan to settle in Canada permanently. In order to qualify for this status, you must be a skilled professional or trades-person with a certain amount of work experience. You don’t have to have a job offer in order to apply to be a part of the Express Entry system. However, if that’s the case, you do have to register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s job bank so you can be connected to a Canadian employer.

What if you’re a young person who doesn’t have a great deal of work experience, but you believe there are many opportunities in Canada? The International Experience Canada gives people aged 18-35 from other countries the chance to work and travel in Canada. Some countries restrict participation to people under the age of 30. Participants can work in virtually any field they desire to gain valuable work experience. They don’t need a job offer in order to work in Canada.

When Do You Need a Job for a Work Permit?

There are a variety of jobs for which you need an offer of employment. Two common examples are, caregivers and agricultural workers.

Caregivers are employed to take care of children, the elderly and the disabled. There are two types of caregivers: those who live in their employer’s home and those who live outside of it.

Agricultural workers are employed on farms and in food processing factories. They need a job offer in order to receive a work permit.

Other Types of Visa Categories

There are other categories of foreign workers that don’t actually need visas.

A business person comes to Canada to do work under the framework of one of the free trade agreements Canada has signed. Business people need work permits.

A business visitor takes part in business activities without being part of the labour market. Business visitors don’t need work permits.

Can I Work as a Student?

You can work if you’re a full-time student at a post-secondary institution and you’ve found a part-time job on campus (like at a bookstore or in the library). For those types of jobs, you won’t need a work permit.

Even if you’ve found an off-campus job, you still might be able to work without a work permit. You can’t work more than 20 hours, though, and you have to maintain good academic standing.

What if you’re planning on participating in a co-op program or an internship? You can do that, though you’ll need a work permit as well as a study permit. The program has to be an integral part of your studies, and it can’t be more than 50% of your academic work.

Even your spouse or common-law partner can apply for an open work permit if you’re a student, meaning that he or she can work for almost any employer in Canada while you’re a full-time student.

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How to Get a Job Offer From a Canadian Employer

Updated for 2020


The biggest hurdle for most adults trying to immigrate to Canada is the «job offer from a Canadian employer» requirement. In our article on the top 7 cheapest and fastest ways to immigrate to Canada, there is one common theme: 4 of these methods require a job offer from an employer (the other’s require admission to a Canadian school, to be from a select few countries, or to marry a Canadian). So, how do you get a job offer from a Canadian employer?

Index

  1. Overseas:
    1. Networking
    2. Agencies
    3. Canvassing Employers
    4. Online Resources
  2. In Canada

Getting a Job Offer from Overseas

Most of us can’t afford to travel just to network or to discuss hiring practices and future career opportunities. And most of us cannot afford international student tuition — Canada’s universities can be expensive — or don’t qualify to study. The majority of people have to look for a job offer from a Canadian employer from where they are living right now. This is absolutely the hardest part of coming to Canada. And unfortunately there is no way of making it easier.

Do You Need a Job Offer to Immigrate to Canada?

Some people actually don’t need a job offer to work in Canada. Those people can be divided into groups:

However if you are not in one of these groups, you need a job offer to work in Canada, even if your occupation is LMIA-exempt. If you are even slightly unsure as to whether or not you need a job offer, work permit or LMIA, you should assume that you probably do require one or both of them, or consult a professional .

Getting the Job Offer

There are a number of ways of getting a job offer from a Canadian employer while you are overseas.

Networking

Frankly, the easiest way of getting a job offer from a Canadian employer is by networking: do you have relatives or friends in Canada? Does anyone you know well have relatives or friends in Canada? Can you make use of your fellow countrymen in Canada to get your foot in the door? Knowing the right people is unfortunately the easiest way of securing that job offer.

Whether or not that job offer is any good depends on whether or not your future employer can get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA, formerly LMO). An LMIA is permission from Canada’s Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada to hire a foreign worker for a job for which no Canadian citizen or permanent resident can be found. And that’s where knowing the right people will not help. LMIAs are issued based on the needs of the Canadian economy. So if your friend knows a guy who needs a new admin assistant, but there are tons of unemployed admin assistants in that area of Canada, you are likely out of luck.

Agencies

One of the best bets is to contact multiple recruiting agencies, particularly if you can find one or more focused on your profession. Employers are increasingly relying on external hiring companies, or «headhunters», to find talent. Usually these headhunters are paid by the employer so avoid companies that ask you to pay them for their services.

There are many agencies that are oriented towards foreign workers but there are many more that are not. Here is a list from 2008 of all the agencies in Canada. Immigroup does not endorse any particular hiring agencies or headhunters.

Canvassing Employers

You can always cold-call or cold-email employers who might be interested in hiring someone with your skills. Or you can look on employers’ websites for job postings as some employers see value in people who take initiative. If you are a great candidate the employer may not care that you are overseas.

Online Resources

The easiest way — but probably the least likely to succeed — is to consult job sites online, as any Canadian would who is looking for a job.

Job Bank

Job Bank has long been the way Canadians find jobs online, as it is free for both employers and candidates to use. It is probably as close to an authoritative list of available jobs in Canada as you will be able to find online, however plenty of employers do not list their job on Job Bank, particularly if they are using a headhunter or a different online resource.

LinkedIn

The social network geared towards professional networking also has job section. But even if you are not going to use LinkedIn to apply for a job, you should sign up and create a profile if you haven’t done so already. Many employers use LinkedIn as a way of vetting prospective clients so it would greatly help to any job application of yours if it is backed by a LinkedIn profile.

Indeed and other job sites

There are many other job sites in Canada; two of the most famous being Monster (be sure to use the Canadian site) and Workopolis. However, you might want to try Indeed instead (again, the Canadian site) as it compiles job listings from Monster, Workopolis and many other job sites, meaning that you only have to search in one place. There are many other online Canadian job sites, but if you use Indeed, you likely have all the major ones covered.

Can’t Find a Job?

What if you can’t find a job through any of these means? Well, unfortunately that is the surest way to get to Canada. If you cannot find a job offer, you can try to get accepted into a Canadian university, but that is extremely expensive even if you qualify. You can try to upgrade your education overseas, to see if you can later qualify for the skilled worker or skilled trades streams. Or you can save lots and lots of money, and try to come as a business immigrant in a few years or decades.

Getting a Job Offer in Canada

Obviously everyone looking to move to Canada does not already live in Canada. But sometimes getting to Canada first is the best way of getting a job. There are a few ways of doing this:

Looking for work on a temporary resident visa (TRV)

As a visitor to Canada, you are not allowed to work and if you did work you could make yourself inadmissible in the future. But you can plan a holiday to Canada and check out the work situation on the side. There is nothing to stop you from networking at parties or with family and friends, or from canvassing some businesses about their interest in hiring foreign workers, or even speaking to HR experts about resume standards, salaries, or other useful information. However, you need to travel to Canada for legitimate tourist reasons. If you show up at the border or customs and say you are here to inquire about jobs, you will likely be denied entry. (The exception to this is if you are making an «exploratory visit» as part of preparing to apply as a business immigrant for a provincial nominee program or through some other provincial nominee program which requires such a visit.) So you shouldn’t carry a resume or letters of introduction on you when you enter Canada. (If you want to have one with you, leave it in the cloud.)

Once you have made the right contacts, you can see about arranging a job offer once you are back overseas and even encourage your prospective employer to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) but you will have to leave Canada before you can apply for the work permit. And remember, you are absolutely not allowed to work in Canada without a work permit. It is illegal.

Working as a student

Once you have been accepted to study in Canada, and have applied for a study permit, it’s time to start thinking about working. As a student, you have three opportunities to get a job in Canada:

  • on campus
  • off campus
  • after graduation

You can work while a student without getting a work permit. This means you don’t need a job offer before you come! Study permit holders are automatically allowed to work off-campus. However, you will be subject to strict restrictions, particularly around working hours: students can only work 20 hours a week during the semester. During break periods — Christmas, summer, reading week — students can work up to 40 hours per week, provided you are not taking classes (in the summer). You can look for your job once you come to Canada either by canvassing local employers or through online resources. You don’t have to worry about the job offer.

Also, Canada allows most graduates of Canadian educational institutions to obtain «post-graduation» work permits, provided you studied in Canada for at least eight months. You can only obtain the post-graduation work permit if you are graduating from a Canadian educational institution. You can find a job for your post-graduation work permit the ways anyone else finds a job in Canada, unless you are able to keep working for the employer you had while a student.

Canada temporary work permits

Canada is a prime destination for many foreign nationals who are seeking employment opportunities. The country boasts a strong and diverse economy with a high-standard of workplace safety, competitive wages, and many opportunities for professional growth and development. In addition to this, working in Canada is an excellent first step for those seeking to immigrate to the country permanently .

In order to work in Canada, it is necessary to ensure that a person has the proper authorization, as engaging in work without the proper authorization can have serious consequences on future immigration applications. Read below to learn more about the various options for immigrating to Canada as a temporary or permanent worker!

How to find a job in Canada

It may feel daunting to begin the search for employment in Canada. Thankfully, there are many resources for those seeking an official job offer from a Canadian employer. When beginning the job hunt, we recommend making use of Canadim’s job hunt resources, listed below. Be sure to take the time to prepare your resume and tailor your social media presence before sending out any applications!

Certain positions in Canada may require a person to know their National Occupation Classification Code (NOC Code). This code is used to classify all types of employment by Canadian standards. Canadim has put together a tool to assist with finding your NOC Code as well.

Benefits of working in Canada

Working in Canada has many benefits. Canadian labour laws ensure that workplaces have a high-degree of safety and that all employers follow certain laws and regulations to ensure the well being of their employees. As well, Canadian wages are competitive and foreign nationals are required, by law, to be offered wages equivalent to their Canadian counterparts.

Finally, some Canadian work permits enable the spouse and children of workers to accompany them to Canada. Another significant benefit for those interested in immigrating to Canada permanently is that by gaining Canadian work experience, a foreign national may increase their eligibility for a number of Canadian permanent residency programs. The following programs award value, in varying degrees, for Canadian work experience:

Types of Canadian work permits

There are many different options for obtaining a Canadian work permit. Some work permits require a job offer from a Canadian employer, some require that the employer provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), while others require that a person has some sort of connection to Canada (previous education, spousal sponsorship, etc.). Please refer to the categories below to determine the work permit which best suits your qualifications: Requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

LMIA-Exempt but requiring a job offer or employment contract

Open Work Permits (no job offer or LMIA required)

Immigration Tip: Canadian permanent residents do not require a work permit to work in Canada. Permanent resident status gives a person the legal right to live and work anywhere in the country. Find out more about permanent immigration options for professional and skilled workers .

How to obtain a Canadian work permit

The process for obtaining a Canadian work permit varies greatly depending on which type of work permit a person is applying. For example, an international student studying in Canada will oftentimes be automatically issued authorization to work part-time as part of their study permit authorization.

Most closed work permit applications require that a foreign national has an official job offer from a Canadian employer which is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Even those who are LMIA-exempt or exempt from requiring a work permit should be aware of the unique documentation they need to prepare in order to ensure they are granted entry to Canada. There are two general pathways for obtaining a Canadian work permit: a closed work permit and an open work permit .

Closed work permits are tied to specific employers, this means that a foreign national issued a closed work permit must remain working with the same employer at the same location unless they change their work permit.

Work in Canada FAQ

If I have a Canadian job offer, am I eligible to apply for a work permit?

Not necessarily. A job offer, if required for certain work permit applications, must meet certain requirements in order to be considered valid. For most temporary work permits, in order to be eligible for a work permit, an applicant’s job offer must be either:

It should be noted that the province of Quebec has its own process for determining the validity of an offer of employment.

How do I apply for a work permit?

The application procedure is different depending on which type of work permit you need. The first step is determining which work permit is best for you. If you need help figuring out the application, simply contact us and a member of our team will assist you with scheduling a consultation.

How long will it take to process my work permit application?

The processing time for a work permit application depends on the type of work permit and the applicant’s country of residence at the time of application. Processing times range anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

How long will it take to process my LMIA application?

There are two types of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications: a regular LMIA and a simplified LMIA. The simplified LMIA is only available in the province of Quebec. The regular LMIA is processed on a case-by-case basis with processing times varying greatly from applicant to applicant. Generally, it takes a minimum of five months to receive a response on a regular LMIA application.

If an employer is eligible for Canada’s Global Talent Stream , they may qualify for expedited LMIA processing. The simplified LMIA completed for Quebec employment is usually processed in approximately two to three months.

What is the rate of success for work permit/LMIA applications?

It is impossible to give a rate of success for work permit/LMIA applications, as all applications are processed on a case-by-case basis. If an applicant meets the requirements of the LMIA, their application should be approved. However, applications are assessed by individual officers, each exercising their own discretion in choosing whether or not to approve a work permit application.

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Разница между job, work, profession, occupation и другими синонимами

В этой статье разберем понятия, относящиеся к работе и карьере. Узнаем, в чем заключается отличие work от job, есть ли разница между profession, career и occupation, а также какие устойчивые выражения существуют со словами post и position.

1. Job, work, labour и employment

Начнем с разницы между job и work.

Job — работа, труд. Это конкретная работа, которая приносит деньги.

Mike’s job hardly lets him make ends meet. — Работа Майка с трудом позволяет ему свести концы с концами.
I got a job in an advertising agency. — Я получила работу в рекламном агентстве.

Второе значение — задача. Это какое-то дело, которое нужно сделать.

The first job in planning a wedding is to make a list of guests. — Первая задача при планировании свадьбы — формирование списка гостей.
I can spend several hours doing various jobs around the house. — Я могу потратить несколько часов на выполнение разных дел по дому.

Следующее значение — обязанность. Синонимы — duty, responsibility.

My job is to book tickets for our managers in advance. — Моя обязанность — заблаговременно бронировать билеты для наших менеджеров.
I am your mother and my job is to take care of you. — Я твоя мама, и моя обязанность — заботиться о тебе.

Поговорим теперь про work. Его основное значение — работа, за которую платят деньги. Отличие work от job заключается в том, что слово job — исчисляемое, может употребляться во множественном числе, а work — неисчисляемое. Сравните:

A janitor has hard work indeed. — У уборщика действительно трудная работа.
Mike has a hard job as a janitor. — У Майка трудная работа уборщиком.

Другое значение — место, где вы обычно работаете.

Do you have to commute to work? — Тебе приходится ездить на работу в город?

Глагол to work обозначает «работать», «выполнять задачу».

My son wants to work in IT when he grows up. — Мой сын хочет работать в IT, когда вырастет.
Now I’m working on that challenging project. — Сейчас я работаю над этим многообещающим проектом.

Рассмотрим два других похожих слова — labour и employment. Существительное labour (труд) — неисчисляемое, обычно оно используется в отношении физической работы.

He has loved manual labour since he was a child. — Он любил физический труд с детства.

Еще одно значение labour — люди, персонал.

Lots of big companies look for cheap labour. — Многие большие компании ищут дешевую рабочую силу.

Employment — это постоянная занятость, работа, за которую вам регулярно платят.

My neighbour Bill found the employment with a law company. — Мой сосед Билл нашел работу в юридической компании.
Employment has decreased among teenagers recently. — В последнее время занятость среди подростков сократилась.

Еще одно значение слова employment — использование, применение.

The employment of capital punishment is prohibited in many countries. — Применение смертной казни запрещено во многих странах.

Давайте посмотрим на устойчивые выражения со словами labour, employment, job и work.

Слово/Словосочетание Перевод
a job seeker соискатель
a permanent job постоянная работа
a temporary job временная работа
a full-time job занятость на полный рабочий день
a part-time job частичная занятость
a well-paid job хорошо оплачиваемая работа
a low-paid job плохо оплачиваемая работа
an odd job подработка, разовая работа
jobs for the boys трудоустройство по блату
job losses сокращение числа рабочих мест
between jobs, jobless безработный
to apply for a job откликнуться на вакансию
to take a job, to accept a job принять предложение по работе
to be out of a job быть без работы
to create jobs создавать новые рабочие места
to shed jobs сокращать количество рабочих мест
to take on a job взяться за какую-то задачу
paperwork работа с документами
all work and no play сплошная работа без отдыха и развлечений
to work for smb сработать кому-то на руку
to work against smb сработать против кого-то
to be at work быть на работе
to get to work on smth, to go to work on smth, to set to work on smth начать работать над чем-то
to be in the works быть в работе, быть в процессе разработки
to have your work cut out for you выполнять сложную работу
to make short work of smth, to make light work of smth, to make quick work of smth быстро справиться с задачей
to work in smth, to work with smth работать с чем-то
to work for a company работать на компанию
to work your socks off много и упорно работать
to work things out разобраться в чем-то
a labour shortage нехватка рабочей силы
sweated labour тяжелая низкооплачиваемая работа
manual labour физический труд
skilled labour квалифицированный персонал
unskilled labour неквалифицированный персонал
casual labour временные сотрудники
organized labour рабочие, которые состоят в профсоюзах
fruits of your labour плоды трудов
labour law трудовое право
forced labour принудительный труд
labour-saving экономящий трудозатраты
labour-intensive трудоемкий
an employment office биржа труда
an employment agency агентство по подбору персонала
an employment agreement, an employment contract трудовой договор
employment rates, employment levels уровень занятости
unemployment безработица
employment conditions условия приема на работу
employment rights права наемного работника
smb’s place of employment чье-либо место занятости
casual employment временная занятость
permanent employment, continuous employment постоянная занятость
employment data, employment figures, employment records статистические данные о занятости
to look for employment, to seek employment искать работу
to take up employment, to gain employment, to secure employment найти работу
to provide employment, to create employment, to generate employment обеспечить занятость
to give smb employment, to offer smb employment предложить кому-то работу
to boost employment, to increase employment повысить уровень занятости

2. Profession, occupation, career, vocation и calling

Перейдем к разнице между profession и occupation. Profession — это профессия.

The medical profession is respected by plenty of people. — Профессию медика уважают многие люди.
People in his profession are committed to their jobs entirely. — В его профессии люди посвящают себя работе целиком.
My father is a vet by profession. — Мой отец ветеринар по профессии.

Второе значение слова — представители профессии.

The legal profession tells us we should know all the laws in order not to break them. — Юристы говорят нам, что мы должны знать все законы, чтобы их не нарушать.

Occupation — это род деятельности, занятость, работа. Это синоним слова job, который используется в формальном языке.

Fill in this form: state your full name, phone number, and occupation. — Заполните эту форму: укажите ваше полное имя, номер телефона и род деятельности.
According to the research, the majority of respondents are in manual occupations. — Согласно исследованию, большинство респондентов заняты физическим трудом.

Еще это существительное используют для обозначения регулярной деятельности или увлечения.

I have to admit that my favourite occupation is lying on the sofa. — Должна признаться, что мое любимое занятие — лежать на диване.
Playing board games is our usual weekend occupation. — Игра в настольные игры — наше обыкновенное занятие по выходным.

Есть слова, синонимичные profession и occupation. Career — это карьера, профессия, которой человек посвящает большую часть своей жизни.

Richard was 25 when he decided on his academic career. — Ричарду было 25, когда он решил строить научную карьеру.

Слова vocation и calling синонимичны и означают «призвание», «дело всей жизни».

Not so many people in the world are lucky enough to find their true vocation. — Не так многим людям в мире везет найти свое настоящее призвание.
I don’t think that management is my calling, I’d rather switch to science. — Не думаю, что менеджмент — мое призвание, я бы лучше переключилась на науку.

Если не удалось найти свое призвание, говорят to miss one’s vocation, а фраза to have a vocation for smth — иметь призвание к чему-либо.

To become an astronaut, you should really have a vocation for it. — Чтобы стать астронавтом, нужно иметь настоящее призвание к этому.

Если вы усвоили разницу между profession, career и occupation, обратите внимание на устойчивые выражения с этими словами.

Слово/Словосочетание Перевод
a member of a profession представитель профессии
the caring professions социальные работники; няни; медсестры
to go into a profession, to enter a profession, to join a profession, to enter a profession приобрести профессию
to leave a profession уйти из профессии
to reach the top of your profession, to be at the top of your profession достигнуть вершины в профессии
an occupational hazard риск, связанный с работой
the main occupation основной род занятий
current occupation текущая деятельность
previous occupation предыдущая деятельность
occupational health охрана труда
blue-collar occupations занятость в рабочих профессиях
white-collar occupations занятость умственным трудом
to take up an occupation, to enter an occupation заняться деятельностью
a chequered career карьера с чередой успехов и провалов
a distinguished career, a successful career, a glittering career выдающаяся карьера
the peak of smb’s career, the height of smb’s career пик чьей-либо карьеры
career-minded нацеленный на карьеру
smb’s career takes off чья-то карьера идет в гору
to pursue a career, to embark on a career, to follow a career выбрать карьеру
to launch a career начать карьеру
to end smb’s career, to ruin smb’s career погубить чью-либо карьеру

3. Post и position

Слова post и position переводятся как «пост», «должность» и зачастую взаимозаменяемы. Однако post чаще всего используется в значении, когда человек назначается на должность, которая связана с переездом в другой город или страну и носит временный характер, например a diplomatic post (дипломатический пост). Position же употребляется в отношении должности в какой-то конкретной компании, например the position of the head of human resources (должность начальника отдела кадров).

She was offered a good teaching post in Texas. — Ей предложили хорошую должность учителя в Техасе.
There are three vacant positions in the company. — В компании сейчас три вакантные должности.

Давайте запомним несколько устойчивых выражений со словами post и position:

Слово/Словосочетание Перевод
a senior post/position, a chief post/position, a key post/position руководящая должность
to take up a post/position, to accept a post/position вступить в должность
to hold the post/position, to remain in a post/position занимать должность
to fill a post/position нанять на должность
to advertise a post/position дать объявление о вакансии
to resign from a post/position, to leave a post/position покинуть должность
to be removed from a post/position, to be dismissed from a post/position быть снятым с должности
to appoint smb to a post назначить кого-либо на должность

Надеемся, вы разобрались в отличии work от job, разнице между profession, career и occupation, а также запомнили устойчивые выражения со словами post и position. Предлагаем пройти тест, чтобы закрепить изученное.

Do I Need a Job Offer to Get a Work Permit?

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, Immigration Lawyer and founder of VisaPlace.com. We were asked this common question, “Do I need a job offer in order to get a work permit?” Now, I’ve had discussions about this before online and I am going to try my best to clarify and outline the circumstances that are applicable in this case, because in some cases you don’t actually need a job offer to get a work permit. But let me just outline the situations, the most common situation where you in fact do need a job offer.

Applying for a Work Visa to Canada or United States

In most cases if you’re applying for a work visa to Canada or to United States, you need a job offer first. You need a company who is willing to commit to you, to sponsor you and offer you a job. And that’s the first step. Then after that if the company is willing, their forms have to be filled out and an application has to be submitted to the government to get you a work permit and usually it’s a two step process where the company first has to get approved for the job offer to the foreign national and then step two is that the applicant (the foreigner) has to then apply for the work permit.

Instances Where you Don’t Need a Job Offer to get a Work Permit

Now, there’re some exceptions to that, for example under NAFTA where you could apply at the port of entry without necessarily going through that two step process. But, in both cases a job offer is the first thing. However, having said that, there are certain circumstances where a job offer, at least a formal job offer, is not necessarily required. For example, if you’re a businessperson and you wish to start your own business you could potentially apply for a work visa on that basis. In the United States we call that an E-2 visa, in Canada it’s a different type of visa. But essentially there are circumstances where if you’re interested in investing in your own business and starting a new business you can actually get a work visa without having a job offer from a separate company.

Open Work Permits

In addition, if you are a spouse of a work permit holder you could potentially apply for what we call an open work permit, which means that you don’t need a job offer from a company. You could as a spouse get a work visa because your spouse has a former work visa. We call it an open work visa. Now, there are restrictions to that, not all visas are allowed for that. For example currently the H1B visa you can’t really get as a spouse a work visa although there’s talk to change that and I hope that comes through, but there’re other circumstances where you can.

Business Expansion

Thirdly, let’s say you wish to expand your business from your home country into United States or Canada, we call that an inter-company transfer. That’s a circumstance where you could not necessarily get a formal job offer, or you don’t need a formal job offer from a company, but rather you are expanding and growing your business into Canada and the United States and on that basis apply for a visa. So there are circumstances where you don’t need a job offer in order to get a work permit. But every case is different and in most cases you’re going to have to really explore what your options are and do your homework and preferably consult with an immigration professional before you make such an application. So this hopefully has cleared up some misconceptions that people have that, “Oh, if I don’t have a job offer I can’t get a work permit.” Yes, in many cases that is true, but not in all cases.

So hopefully this has given you some insight and if you liked the video I’d appreciate if you can click like and feel free to visit our website at www.VisaPlace.com.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

sir,
i have applied two time student visa but i got refusal for both attempts . Now a days i am doing a job .sir, i want to know that is their any chance that i can get visa on work permit .

Hello Harprit. A study visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your studies are complete. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face the same problem as you. You should seek professional assistance. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
Regards, Muga

My name is Taufik from Indonesia. I currently live with my wife (a permanent resident) here in Calgary on a visitor visa. My wife can not sponsor me because she does not work yet. My wife and I were wondering if I could apply for an open work permit in Canada.

Thank you for your inquiry Taufik. I am really glad that you contacted us.

In order to give you the most accurate answer I would need to familiarize myself with your situation in more detail. In order to do so please Taufik, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

Thank you for your inquiry. This appears as though it is a UK Immigration Matter, and we only specialize in Canadian and US Immigration. I would try to contact a UK Immigration Lawyer to assist you with this issue. MF

Thank you for your post. As the video and information on this page advise, the first step in trying to work in the US is to first find an employer. Once you have a job offer for full time work from a US employer, you can then apply for a Work Permit. There are various Visas that applicants can apply for, but it is all specific to the type of work you are looking to do. MF

I’m asking how I can work to California USA my Current residents here in Canada alberta as a TFW.please let me know if I have chance to work to USA California .thanks

A Pleasant Evening we just want to ask to your good office regarding the working permit . iam direct hire by one of the hotel in uk the wedgewood hotel here is the complete adress The Wedgewood Hotel 49-51 Leinster Square, Bayswater London, W2 4PU United Kingdom. they give the job order contract letter and visa application form to fillied up and the working permit documents to filled up also . its written to there email that as the employee, would be responsible to pay for the processing of your Residence Work Permit Papers, which is the right of any employee from outside the UK to be responsible of according to the Law of the United Kingdom. we just want to ask if this is the law of united kingdom interm of hiring the manpower outsides the uk .

Hoping for your sooner response.

Best Regards,
Belinda

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Canada Farm Worker Visa Requirements and Application Process.

What is Canada Farm Worker Visa?

This visa is issued to foreign workers for seasonal work in Canada. Generally, there is a serious need for workers to work in Agriculture field. This visa is known as Farm worker visa, Fruit Picker Visa or seasonal agriculture visa because these are season based visas to work in farms and fruit gardens. These are mostly Level C or D visas. You can find it in National Occupational Classification of Canada with Title of General Farm Worker, Harvesting Laborer, Aquaculture and marine harvest laborers , Pet Groomers and Animal Care workers. Now a days, this is very popular visa because developed countries need more farm workers to manage their crops, taking care of animals and fruit picker jobs. Visa applicants also like this visa because it doesn’t required higher qualification and experience.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Canada.

Generally, there is no restriction of nationality to apply work visa under temporary foreign worker program. It is not an immigrant or permanent visa rather it allows foreigners to live and work in Canada for a temporary period of time. TFWP visa duration depends on length Job contract.

It is an ordinary sponsored work visa. To apply for this visa, you have to have following major documents:

  • Job Offer from Canadian Employer.
  • Job Contract Canadian Employer.
  • LMIA (employer will obtain from Canadian labor department)

apart from above listed documents, you may need several documents depending on your job position, job nature and your country of nationality. Unlike Seasonal Agricultural work visa program, There is no specific requirement of nationality to apply for general work visa or temporary foreign work visa. [ Read Also : New Zealand Seasonal Work Visa]

Contrary to farm worker visa or seasonal agricultural visa, it is not a season based visa. This visa is obtainable throughout the year once there is a job.

Do You Need Ietls for temporary foreign worker program?

Ielts depends on your occupation level. First of all, you should check Canadian NOC (national occupational classification). If occupation related to your qualification is included in C & D level, it means there is a possibility that you can get Canada temporary foreign work visa without ielts.

If your occupation is listed 0, A, B level, it means ielts is mandatory for you to get work permit.

Regardless requirement of ielts, you should be able to speak and understand English depending on your job position and job nature, after all you are going to working in an English speaking country.

Seasonal Agricultural Work Program:

This is different from Temporary Foreign Workers Program. It is a season based visa. Canada Immigration offers plenty of work visa programs to foreigners to fulfill shortage of labor in Canada. Though it requires high educational qualification, skills, talent, experience and language skills to qualify for Canada work permit due to high competition from all over the world applications for Canada work visa yet there are still many visa categories where no special education, qualification, language skills or experience is required. These are labor class visas; as you can see in Canada NOC list (national occupation classifications) at Canadian immigration official website. Labor class visas are classified as C & D level occupations in NOC list. Labor visa class includes labour in various sectors like agriculture, construction, electrical field and welding field etc.

Farm worker visa or fruit picker visa, in other words seasonal agriculture visas are also some of those visas where you do not need high qualification and experience. if you get this visa through some visa consultant or some visa agent, they may charge heavy amount as visa fee and other expenses. Actually these visa comes free with minor expenses and mostly employers pay these small expenses but agents demand huge amount, hard to afford.

Canada Farm Worker Visa Requirements:

The main things you need to get Canada work permit is a Job offer or job contract and a LMIA (labour market Impact assessment) from Canada which looks very difficult to find and Finally, we try to find some agents who arrange these things for us. Agents have some connections in Canada, they have some middleman and with the help of middleman they contact to employer who actually needs a worker. In this way agent arrange job offer and LMIA and then apply work visa for you. According to Canadian Immigration, you need following documents from Canadian employer in order to apply Canadian Work Visa:

  • Job Offer Letter
  • Job Contract
  • LMIA
  • LMIA Number

Is IELTS compulsory for Canada Work Permit?

Normally, Canada Visas look difficult due to IELTS because many people hesitate to take IELTS test. IELTS is a requirement if you want to apply visa under Canada permanent residence programs like PNP (provincial nominee program) or Canada Express Entry Program but IELTS is not required to apply for Canada Work Visa if your want work visa in occupation listed under Skill Level D. however, you should be able to speak English or French to communicate well after all you are going to work in an English speaking country. IELTS is plus point for Canada work visa but it is not necessary in most cases for lower skilled workers.

Canada Farm Worker Visa Eligible Countries :

Canada farm worker visa category is normally C or D level class according to NOC (national occupation classification). It does not require any education or extraordinary experience. People under farm worker category are hired to work for various purposes like harvester machine operator, fruit picking, vegetables, grain, dairy farming, hatchery, poultry farm, farm machinery operator, general farm worker, beef cattle farming etc. This type of fields does not need any education and it is clearly mentioned at Canada immigration official website. There is special work permit program which is called “Seasonal Agriculture workers program (SAWP). This is seasonal work permit and normally wages are offered 12 Canadian dollars per hour under this program. This program is available only for some countries specified by Canadian immigration. only Nationals of the following countries can apply under this program:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Montserrat
  • Kitts-Nevis
  • Lucia
  • Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trin >Rest of countries citizens like Pakistan, India etc. cannot apply under Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program but they are still eligible to apply for Canadian work permit in other fields by obtaining job offer/job contract and a positive LMIA. You can apply for labor work visa not only in farm worker field but also in other fields. But keep in mind, you have to arrange documents according to job position and field you are going to apply for. If you are apply applying for a welder work permit, you have to prove that you are qualified in welding field. You can show some diploma for this purpose. In this way, you can apply for any work visa you want.

How to get Job offer in Canada from outside?

As I explained above that the first and foremost requirement for employment visa is job offer from a Canadian employer. It is actually totally free if you do some work but if you rush and go to agents, you will be charged huge amount. It would be far better if you spend some time and work to get job offer by yourself first. First of all, you should create a CV/resume. If you don’t know how to create a CV, you can request your friend and you can go to some professionals as they can make a cv for you. CV actually, is summary of your biodata, your experience, your target and qualification etc. it doesn’t mean that you must have high education for CV; whatever qualification you have, you should create cv or get it created by someone else for you.

Once you have your CV in your computer, all you need to visit official website of Canadian Immigration https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home which is actually a job portal but it is different from ordinary job portal websites which you see every day. Canadian employer from all provinces of Canada post their demands for workers at this website. This website works under Department of Employment and Social Development of Canada and It is highly responsive. [Recommended: How to Write an Experience Certificate]

This website is Called Canada job bank. It is works for applicants both inside Canada as well as outside Canada. If you already have created Canada express entry profile, it is good as you can create an account at Canada job bank website. But if you haven’t created any express entry account, you cannot create account at job bank website but no worries, you don’t need to create account at job bank. All you have to make a search for job what you are looking for at job bank. When you make search, like welder, farm worker, fruit picker etc. you will see a list of job posted by different employers. You can open each of them one by one and see the job description and their demand. Read the description carefully before you go advance because many employers want only people who are already living in Canada but many want from outside Canada. So you need to find those who are looking from outside Canada. Once you find it, you should find a contact email or website of employer and then simply send you CV to employer. You can an introductory subject and paragraph too while sending email to employer. Tell them that “my name is …. And I want to apply for the post of ….”etc. That’s all. This Job bank website is highly responsive to candidates. Please keep in mind that if you want to create an account on job bank website, you have to create an express entry profile first at http://cic.gc.ca . however, if you follow the method I have told you, you don’t need to create any account either at job bank or CIC.

Another fast responding recruitment website is https://www.indeed.com/ which is already very popular. First you need to create an account at indeed then upload a CV or you can create a CV at indeed too. After you can download indeed app on your smartphone. Now you can see latest jobs matching to your profile on your android phone while walking. You simply need to click apply now and your CV will be forwarded to employer. You don’t need to send email to employer personally.

Job offer can be obtained through friends or relatives who are already living in Canada. They can arrange job offer for you. If you are able to get Canada visit visa, you should go to Canada on visit visa and find job offer for you as it is most trustable and faster way to get job offer and work visa.

How to Apply for LMIA?

By applying for jobs through above method, Canadian employers will contact you and talk to you either through email or skype etc. for further discussion and agreement. If employer is satisfied and want you for working, he needs to send to you a job offers with contract for you. He have to apply LMIA too. You don’t need to apply for LMIA; it is employer’s headache, so he will obtain a LMIA from Canadian government relevant department and LMIA must be positive. Once Employer sends to you job offer and LMIA, you can proceed to apply for Canadian work visa.

Canada Farm worker visa application process:

To start Canada farm worker visa application, you need to arrange several documents and fill some forms which can be found at Canadian immigration website and can also be seen here too.

    Val >Details for farm worker visa/fruit picker visa requirements and application process are available at Canadian immigration official website too. Normally work visa fee is 155 Canadian dollars along with biometric fee 85$. After completing documents, you have to make an appointment at visa application center to submit documents. Visa application centers can assist in form filling but they charge money for this service too. Canadian embassy takes too long to process visa applications and it depends on country where are you applying from.

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Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Visas

Information about Canada work visa types.

Canada is a highly developed country with many opportunities for work and a good salary. Because of this, it attracts many foreign workers who want to go there and find good jobs. The Government of Canada has anticipated this and that is why they have designed the work visas.

If you want to work in Canada, you must have a Canadian work permit which allows you to find an employer or to sign a contract for work. A work permit is a document for which you must apply when you apply for the visa to go to Canada. The application is done at the same time and the Consular Office will treat your visa application as a work permit application.

There are two ways through which you can get a Canada work permit:

  • Through Temporary Work Visas
  • Through Permanent or Immigrant Work Visas

The first group of visas allows you to work in Canada for six months or less as a temporary worker. The second group of visas is given to those who are immigrating in Canada because they have found a suitable job. This article will focus on the Temporary Work Visa overview.

What Are the Canada Temporary Work Visas?

A Temporary Work Visa for Canada is a combination of a Temporary Resident Visa and a Work Permit. With a TRV, you are allowed to stay in Canada for 6 months or less, while the Work Permit for Canada allows you to also work in the job that you have already found or to look for a job.

This work visa for Canada is not permanent and will expire after a few months or years depending on the type you have. This means that after the Canadian work visa expires, then you can either apply to have it renewed or return to your home country. The maximum amount of time you can work temporarily in Canada with all extensions is 4 years. However, that is not applicable for each case and may depend on the country you are from and which type of visa you have.

You cannot stay and work in Canada after your visa expires because you will put yourself at risk for deportation. This means you will not be able to get a Canada visa again.

Who Needs a Temporary Work Visa for Canada?

Anyone who intends to enter Canada with the reasons to work and earn a salary must get a Temporary Work Visa, or Work Permit. You must be involved in these activities to need the work permit:

  • Your intention is to become employed in Canada with a salary.
  • You will get your salary from a company that is registered in Canada as a business.
  • Your primary location of work will be Canada.
  • Your salary will be paid to you and deposited in a Canadian bank account.

However, if your place of work is outside Canada and you are in the country for a short period of time for work purposes, then you do not need a work permit.

Those who may not need a Canadian work permit are the following groups of visitors:

  • Foreign Government Workers.
  • Foreign Government Representatives and their family members.
  • Military personnel.
  • Business visitors.
  • Performing artists.
  • Athletes and their team members.
  • Judges, referees, or similar workers.
  • Media crews and news reporters.
  • Public speakers and convention organizers.
  • Evaluators and examiners.
  • Clergy.
  • Health care students.
  • Students who are working on campus.
  • Civil aviation inspectors.
  • Aviation accident inspectors.
  • Emergency service providers.
  • Expert witnesses and investigators.
  • Researchers who have to work in Canada for 120 days only.

If you do not belong to any of these groups, then you will need a Temporary Work Visa and Permit.

Am I Eligible to Apply for a Canadian Work Visa and Permit?

In order to qualify, any applicant who wants to work in Canada temporarily must be eligible and fulfill the Canada work visa eligibility criteria as follows:

  • Prove you are willing to leave Canada and return to your home country when your work permit expires.
  • Respect the conditions of your work permit, depending on whether it is open and you can work for any employer or if it is specific and you are only allowed to work for one employer;
  • Prove you will not work for an employer who is engaged in a work type that is prohibited such as striptease services, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages;

If you are applying for the work permit and visa from outside of Canada, so from your home country, you must also fulfill the Temporary Visa requirements.

On the other hand, if you are applying from inside Canada, then you must also fulfill these Canada work permit requirements:

  • You are currently in Canada with a study permit or you have a work permit that will expire soon.
  • Graduated from a Canadian educational institution.
  • Gave a temporary res >

What are the types of Temporary Work Visas for Canada?

To address all the needs of foreign workers, the Government of Canada issues different types of Temporary Work Visas depending on the needs of the applicant. There are 4 types of work permits or work visas that you can get:

Temporary Foreign Workers Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the standard temporary worker visa. It is issued to foreign workers who already have a job offer from a Canadian company and for which the company has already obtained a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Government of Canada.

Open Work Permit

The Open Work Permit is given to foreign workers who are going to Canada with a job offer but the permit allows them to switch employers. This is different from the other work permits/visas because it is not employer specific. The other work permits/visas do not allow you to change employers while in Canada.

Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday Visa is given to young people from 30 countries, so they can work in Canada and travel. It is a random selection visa which means that applicants will submit their applications and wait to be randomly selected to apply for the work permit.

Post Graduate Work Permit

The Post Graduate Work Permit is given to students who have completed a degree from a Canadian educational institution and want to stay in Canada longer through working.

How to Apply for a Temporary Work Visa for Canada?

An overview of the steps on how to apply for a work visa for Canada are as follows:

Get a temporary job offer from a Canadian Company

Depending on the type of work permit that you are applying for, you will most likely need a job offer from an employer in Canada.

  • If you are getting an Open Work Permit, you will have the chance to switch employers and find a different one once you are in Canada. But if you want an employer specific permit, then you will need to find the job before you apply for it.
  • To get the Foreign Temporary Workers Visa, you must find a job in Canada from your home country.
  • If you are only planning to go to Canada and look for the job, then you must skip this step.
  • If you are applying for a working holiday visa, your chances of getting the visa will be higher if you already know where you will work.

There are many resources online which will help you with your job search in Canada. You can visit different websites, or you can contact head hunting services in Canada and pay them to find you a job. Whichever way you choose, you will need the employer to agree to send you a job offer for temporary work before you apply for the work visa.

The company you will work for must have a LMIA

After you find the job, the company that has agreed to hire you must apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Government of Canada. A LMIA is a document which the government issues and serves as an authorization for the company to hire foreign temporary workers.

The company you want to work for must apply for it and demonstrate that by giving you this job, they are not taking jobs away from Canadian citizens of permanent residents. They must prove that there are no willing, available, or qualified people within Canada for that job position, and therefore they must hire foreign workers. After they get the LMIA, you must have the document and then apply for work permit in Canada.

Submit the application for Canada Work Visa and Permit

After the Canadian Government issues the LMIA to the company that has hired you, then it is time to apply for the Temporary Work Visa. You can do this online through the Government of Canada website or in person at any Canadian Consulate Office.

You must submit the application forms and the supporting documents which will be evaluated from the Consular officers. The officers might also ask you to have a medical examination as well as an interview to determine your eligibility and whether you would return from Canada after your work permit expires.

To apply for a Canadian work visa, you must submit the following application forms and supporting documents:

  • Application forms which include:
    • IMM 1295 – Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada.
    • Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa.
    • Family Information Form IMM 5645.
    • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union IMM 5409 (if applicable).
    • IMM 5476 – Use of Representative Form (if applicable).
    • IMM 5475 – Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (if applicable).
  • Your passport which must be valid for more than 6 months after your planned date of entry into Canada.
  • A photocopy of your passport and all its pages.
  • Two photos as per the Photo Requirements.
  • Proof of current immigration status (if your country of residence is different from your country of citizenship).
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • Copy of children’s birth certificates (if applicable).
  • Police record certificates. You must prove you have no criminal record in the past and that you have been a law-abiding citizen
  • Proof of having enough funds in your bank account to finance yours and your family’s stay in Canada as well as enough to return to your home country.
  • Your resume or CV.
  • Your education diplomas and certificates.
  • Valid job offer from your employer.
  • The LMIA document.
  • If you will be working in Quebec, you need a Certificate d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ).
  • Complete the medical examination. The officials of the Canadian Consulate may ask you to go through a medical exam to prove that you are in good health and able to work. You must follow their instructions and require a licensed doctor to sign your documents.

Complete the Canada Work visa interview.

The officials might also ask for an interview to determine that you have submitted the right document and that you are being truthful. Most often, they will try to determine whether you will return back to your home country after your work permit expires. You must show up at the scheduled time for your interview and answer the questions honestly.

Wait for processing

When you submit the Canadian work visa application, the consular officers will have to process it and make a decision. Depending on the country you are from, the work permit processing time is between 3 to 27 weeks. After this, the officers will issue a decision on whether you can work in Canada or not.

Travel to Canada

If the Government of Canada decided that you can work in the country, then you can start making travel and accommodation arrangements. When you get to the Port of Entry (PoE) in Canada you must show them all your documents and your approved work permit.

The PoE officers have the authority to decide whether they want to let you into the country and for how long. Even if the Consular Office issues a visa for 6 months, the PoE officers can issue it for only 3 months and you will only have that time to work in Canada. After that, you will have to apply for an extension or return to your home country.

How Long is the Canada Work Visa Valid?

The temporary Canada work visa is valid for 6 months or less. After that, you have the option of applying for an extension to the Consulate or return to your home country. The amount of time that you are allowed to stay in Canada with all extensions is no more than 4 years. The length of the extensions though depends on the Canadian Consulate decisions.

What are the Fees for the Canada Work Visa?

When you apply for the work permit and visa, you will have to pay the application fees. The fee for the work permit is CAD$155. Every time you submit an application for an extension, you will have to pay this fee again. If you are applying for an Open Work Permit, the fee is CAD$100.

Can I Bring my Dependents With me With a Canada Work Visa?

The Canadian Government allows the person who has the work permit to add his close family to the application. The people who are allowed to accompany you to Canada are your spouse or common-law partner and minor children. When you apply, you must add their documents to the application too so as to be considered a family application.

Can I Apply for Permanent Residence with a Canada Work Visa?

You cannot apply for permanent residence with a Canada temporary work visa; however, while you are in Canada, you can apply for Permanent Visas such as:

You must meet the eligibility criteria for these visas. It is not guaranteed that you will be approved for them, but the application procedures will be easier if you are already working in Canada.

Canada Work Visa Extension

Since the Work Visa is not permanent (six months or less) once it is about to expire, you can either apply to extend it or return to your home country after expiry. If you want to extend your work visa, you have to apply for a visa extension at least 30 days before expiry.

You can only apply for a work visa extension if:

  • You sign a new work contract with your employer AND
  • Your employer gets a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); OR
  • Your employer pays for the employer compliance fee and submits a new employment offer

You can apply for the work permit extension in one of two ways: online and on paper.

To apply online you will need to create an account on IRCC’s website. There, you can find document checklists, application forms, and guidelines on how to apply. To apply on paper, you need to download the application package, fill out all the application forms, print and sign them, get all the necessary documents, pay the fees, and mail them to the address given on the application package.

The necessary documents and forms for a work permit extension

Forms

  • Application to Change Conditions, Extend my stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker (IMM 5710)
  • Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)
  • Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475)
  • If applicable: Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409)

Documents

You will need the same documents as for a Visitor Record (see above). However, you will also need additional documents such as:

  • If you have one: Copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and a copy of your job offer letter from your prospective employer.
  • If your employer has not obtained a LMIA, include a copy of the Offer of Employment number your employer gives you.
  • For a live-in caregiver: Photocopy of signed employment contract.
  • If working in Quebec: A Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI)
  • If participating in the International Experience Canada (IEC) program: Proof of health insurance for the duration of your stay.
  • For students: Academic standing – photocopies of transcripts from your last two study periods or letter from the institutional registrar.
  • For provincial nominees:
    • Proof of nomination.
    • Offer of employment from someone in your province.
    • Statement from your province identifying your job and employer along with the details of your job (payment, working conditions, the nature of the job). The statement must also reveal that your employer needs you on the job and that the job offer will provide economic benefits.

Documents required for work permit extension for spouses/common law partners

Spouse/common-law partners of open permit workers

  • Employment contract/job offer of the primary foreign worker’s current employer which confirms his/her employment.
  • Copy of the primary foreign worker’s last three payslips
  • Copy of the primary foreign worker’s work permit

Spouse/common-law partners of full-time students

  • A valid enrollment letter of the student as a Canadian educational institution.
  • Copy of the student’s study permit.

Documents required for work permit extension for refugee claimants

  • Proof you are unable to support yourself without social welfare.
  • Proof you referred your refugee claim to the Immigration and Refugee board (IRB)
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