Canadian work permits allow foreign workers to gain access to employment opportunities in Canada. It’s a legal document that guarantees your pass through Canadian customs and immigration borders. Every year, the Canadian government issues 500,000+ work permits to temporary foreign nationals from various continents. These work permits help foreign nationals from developing countries secure a spot to live and work freely in Canada.
Canada has been the prime destination for foreign workers, students, and experts for decades now. People that seek high-paying employment opportunities from other countries can now apply for work permits today. Working in Canada guarantees you the job security needed to live a comfortable life abroad. With your work permit, you’d get a headstart to apply for your permanent residency status in no time.
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As a foreign national, you need a work permit to gain access to any job in Canada. This is often the case except your employment meets the criteria of very few exemptions.
To start your work permit application process, you must have a Canadian job offer that meets the criteria of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Only foreign nationals that are recent graduates of a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) are exempted from getting job offers.
Also, applicants with spouses or partners that also work, live, or do school in Canada with work or study permits are exempted.
In the case that you don’t fall in either of the above-mentioned categories, you are required to meet the following eligibility requirements:
Foreign nationals looking to secure their job offers in Canada must apply for either of these two work permit programs.
LMIA helps to manage Canada’s existing marketplace by restricting Canadian employers from overpopulating it. Employing foreign nationals for jobs and positions that Canadians qualify for shouldn’t be encouraged. The federal department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) monitors the employment of foreign nationals. Making it impossible for employers to displace existing Canadian residents from their jobs.
Most employers prefer to hire foreign nationals because of the difference in their hiring rates. The ESDC fights this and thoroughly reviews all job offers to ensure they pass LMIA criteria. This prevents Canadian employers from placing downward pressure on the wages of their existing Canadian staff. All foreign nationals that need an LMIA for their job offers are categorized under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
The LMIA process might be a compulsory requirement for securing job offers in Canada but there are other LMIA-exempted work permits. These work permits are issued as a result of the free trade agreements between Canada and other nations. One of the common examples of these agreements is the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). CUSMA was formerly known as the North American Free Trade Agreement and it is a free trade agreement between the United States and Canada.
With these free trade agreements, foreign nationals can send in their applications for work permits without an LMIA. Your employer does not have to obtain an LMIA for your job offer to be accepted. Aside from the sponsored work permits, foreign nationals under the free trade agreements can access post-graduate work permits and work holidays. You are to apply under the International Mobility Program (IMP) if you do not need an LMIA.
Open work permits come with added benefits to a foreign worker migrating to Canada for work purposes.
Most work permits assigned to foreign nationals are tied to their employers. They are called job-specific work permits which restrict the employee from taking other job offers while in Canada.
Open work permits, on the other hand, offer the liberty to work for another employer. This allows you to gain more work experience, hence making you eligible for a PR card.
Closed work permits allow you to migrate to Canada temporarily before processing your permanent residency. Unlike the open work permit, you’re restricted to working with a single employer.
However, this restriction may be lifted if the immigrant works in Canada for at least one year. This only works while you’re applying for permanent residency meeting all the criteria of the process. Working for at least one year for your Canadian employer qualifies you to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Closed work permits issued to foreign nationals have the following limitation information as their requirements:
Foreign workers currently living in Canada could also be eligible for Canadian closed work permits.
Yes, you can. Foreign nationals can reapply for an extension on their temporary work permits. Ensure you reapply within 90 days after expiration.
Yes, there’s a process for you to switch employers if you’re already a Canadian resident with a closed work permit.
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