Immigration for workers – Employment-Based Immigration to Canada

Immigration for workersThe Canadian economy is constantly in need of new workers. Local candidates do not fill all vacancies in the Canadian labour market. That is why Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) constantly issues work permits for foreigners who have found work in Canada. In addition, Canada is actively looking for people who already have experience in Canada, so immigration for workers is a great way to get permanent residence in Canada.

There are several ways a foreigner can get a work permit in Canada. Immigration through work in Canada is possible in two main ways – with the support of the employer and obtaining work permits based on the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) as part of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

The main goal of this immigration pathway is to gain enough Canadian work experience to qualify for immigration through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class, which are served by Express Entry or through or some streams of the Provincial Nominee Program.

Immigration for workers with the support of employers through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA):

Stage 1: Search for an employer

Immigration through work is only possible with the support of Canadian employers. Many Canadian employers cooperate with our company and inform us of vacancies that they cannot fill. In such cases, we publish job advertisements on our social media. You can also find your employer yourself through various job sites or social media.

Stage 2: Obtaining a positive LMIA

To get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), your employer will need to prepare all financial documents and comply with all the requirements of the authorities. We submit the LMIA application to Employment and Social Development Canada, proving that the employer did not find a specialist in Canada. We help your employer prove that your hiring will have a positive effect on the Canadian economy.

Stage 3: Applying for a Work Permit and other documents

To work in Canada you will need proper documents from the Canadian government. During this stage, you also receive the instructions regarding the documents we will need to apply for a Work Permit and if you are not from the visa-exempt country, you will also need a Temporary Resident Visa (if required). If your spouse and/or children are coming with you, we will also need to apply for a Work Permit for your spouse and a Study Permit for your children. If your occupation is a regulated trade, you may also need to obtain a respective provincial licence and certification to practice your trade in Canada.

Stage 4: Work Permit and Work in Canada

Once your application for the Work Permit and other documents has been approved, you can come to Canada. Your Work Permit will be issued by the border officer when you land in Canada. Now your task is to gain Canadian Work Experience. You will become eligible for several immigration programs as soon as you gain at least one year of work in Canada.

Stage 5: Choosing an immigration path

Once you become eligible for any immigration program we will prepare and submit your Permanent Resident application. Depending on your situation we will advise the proper immigration path. Immigration for workers at this point is possible via Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class or relevant provincial streams. In the case of the provincial immigration strategy, we will first apply for a provincial nomination and then apply for permanent residence

Stage 6: Application processing

This stage is the longest in the whole process. The Federal government will check your application for completeness and make sure that you satisfy all the requirements of your immigration program. During this stage, you will have to pass the medical exam and background check. The background check consists of criminality and security assessments. In some cases, the IRCC may request additional documents to make a final decision.

Stage 7: Becoming a Permanent Resident

Once all checks are cleared, you will receive a Ready for Visa email with the request to send your passports or passport copies to the Visa office. 3-4 weeks after that you will get a Confirmation of the Permanent Residency. With this document, you will be able to come to Canada and do the landing. After the landing, you will be officially a Permanent Resident of Canada.

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