WORKING IN CANADA: UNLOCK YOUR WORKING PERMIT!
While Canada has welcomed an increasing number of temporary foreign workers every year for over 10 years, the Canadian government intends to reverse this trend. Since 2015, new rules governing access to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program have entered into force. Are you planning to find a job in Canada where you just got a job? You may need to apply for a work permit. A spotlight on a process that becomes more complex.
Are you sure you need a work permit?
A work permit is a document issued by agents of the Government of Canada. It authorizes a foreign person who does not hold permanent resident status in Canada to work in Canada. The work permit is generally valid for a specific job and for a fixed term. With some exceptions, a temporary resident cannot work for more than four years.
What documents must the Canadian employer provide?
To be able to apply for a work permit, you must be able to prove that you have actually landed a job and that your profile is adequate. Your future employer in Canada must provide you with a letter of employment or a contract that will include the job title, salary amount and a description of the working conditions.
The Canadian employer generally must obtain authorization from Employment and Social Development Canada (DCSD) before hiring a temporary foreign worker. This authorization is called the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The principle ? Canadian workers are a priority! The employer must prove that he / she has attempted to hire a Canadian before seeking a foreign applicant. The EIMT treatment fee is CAD 1,000 per worker. In the event that the EIMT is not required, the employer will still have to pay the employer’s compliance costs (CAD 230) and submit a Job Offer to a foreign national exempt from Labor market impact assessment.
How to apply for a work permit?
Have you just received your letter of employment and are looking forward to working in Canada? Discover the essential steps of applying for a work permit.
Gather all required documents:
If the list of parts required may vary depending on your situation, you must in any case provide:
- A valid passport (or copy of the identification pages as appropriate),
- 2 photos,
- The Job Offer to a foreign national exempt from a labor market impact assessment and proof of payment of the employer’s compliance costs, if applicable,
- A copy of the EIMT, if applicable, accompanied by your letter of employment or contract,
- Proof that you meet the requirements of the position,
- Payment of processing fees (CAD 155),
- Proof of available funds.
Several forms must be completed:
- Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada,
- Document Checklist,
- Information on family,
- Application for a temporary resident visa, in case you do not come from a country exempt from visa.
- Depending on your situation, additional forms may be required.
Send your application.
Your application for a work permit must be sent to a Canadian visa office or visa application center (CDRV).