Working In Canada
Canada’s growing and thriving economy presents enormous opportunities for those who want to contribute and share in its success. Successive governments have expressed interest and actively promoted foreign workforce and professionals who wish to help grow the country’s growing workforce. Qualified and responsible workers are a much wanted sector of the population. At given points in time, there are labor shortages that need to be filled by the right candidates.
There are excellent options for health-care professionals, IT and engineering professionals, tradespeople with skills in carpentry, electrical work, plumbing etc. Workers in all these sectors can find temporary or permanent employment, based on the need-skill match.
It’s up to the applicants to search for the right job and obtaining a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. This helps to fast-track the process of securing employment in the country.
Getting a Work Permit
Work permits are required to work and live in Canada in most cases. There may be some exceptions to this rule.
There are basically two types of work permits:
Open work permit which allows you to work for any employer in Canada. However, the employer should not be listed as ineligible or is listed as having failed to comply with conditions. The employer must not on a regular basis be one that offers erotic services, strip-teases, erotic massages, escort services etc
Employer specific work permit which allows you to work according to the specifications on the permit. These would include the name or employer, location and duration of work.
Whatever the type of work permit or job applied for, there are certain basic eligibility requirements to be fulfilled by the applicant.
- Proof that you will leave Canada when the work permit expires
- Proof of funds to live, work in Canada and return home.
- No criminal record.
- Pose no threat to the integrity and security of Canada.
- Have good health and provide medical certificates if required.
- Not work for ineligible employers
- Not work for employers offering erotic services
- Provide all documents to support the information given in your application.
The application process consists of first applying for Canadian jobs. You need to receive a valid job offer. You need to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment. The next step is to apply for the work permit, either on-line or on paper. If you’re applying on-line, you should have access to a scanner and camera and also a valid credit card. The application form seeks information about your nationality, age, education, language skills, work experience, income/net worth, family etc.
Certain types of applications are to be made only on-line.
You have to furnish documents from the prospective employer giving proof of meeting their requirements in terms of education and work experience.
You will get an application package that gives instructions on filling the forms and a list of documents to be furnished.
You also need an eta (electronic travel authorization) or visa to travel to Canada.
After paying the necessary fees, you can submit your application.
Benefits of Hiring An Immigration Lawyer
- Over 30% of applications are rejected for being incomplete
- Under the Express Entry program, nearly 50% of applications failed to meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
- If your visa application is invalid or rejected you lose the processing fees.
- The laws may change and you may have to face further delays.
Keeping these facts in mind, a skilled, reputed, knowledgeable, experienced, certified and licensed immigration lawyer can be of great assistance.
The immigration process can be long, expensive, time-consuming and challenging. If English or French are not your first languages, the paperwork can be intimidating and confusing.
As experienced, reputed immigration lawyers, we keep abreast of current regulations, developments and changes in policy regarding immigration and employment in Canada. We can provide reliable and comprehensive information on the options available to you. This allows you to understand the full scope of your circumstances and avenues available to you.
We can assist you with your application for a work permit and also with any issues you may face after you receive the permit. However, we cannot help you with job search or securing employment.
The onus is on the applicant to fulfill the eligibility criteria and submit a complete, accurate and clear application. A small mistake, inaccuracy, mismatch or omission could result in your application not being considered. No reasons may be given for refusal. Reapplications are generally viewed with greater scrutiny.
There is a great deal of emphasis placed on servicing current shortages in certain sectors of the job market and these may change from time to time.
Letters of employment have to be properly drafted. We help your employers with this.
Often, applicants omit or embellish certain facts. This can be counter-productive and ruin your chances of reapplication. You could be barred for a time from reapplying.
It’s our job to follow up on applications, contact the concerned visa office, communicate with the visa officer once your case has been filed. This ensures quicker processing times. Most applicants don’t have the time or the knowledge to be able to successfully follow up on their applications.
We can walk you through each part of the process step by step, to avoid glitches, mistakes and delays. Once your application is processed successfully, we can continue to advise you on permanently settling in Canada if you wish.