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Frequently asked questions
Our FAQ section is a valuable resource for those seeking information about Canadian immigration services. With clear and concise answers, our FAQ section is designed to help you better understand the Canadian immigration system and make informed decisions about your immigration needs.
What immigration options are available to employers wanting to bring foreign workers to Canada?
Canadian employers who wish to bring foreign workers to Canada have several immigration options, including the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), International Mobility Program (IMP), and the Global Talent Stream (GTS).
The TFWP allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers temporarily for jobs that they can’t fill with Canadian workers. The IMP is for foreign workers who don’t require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), such as international students and intra-company transferees. The GTS provides a streamlined process for Canadian employers to hire highly-skilled foreign workers who are exempt from the LMIA requirement.
In addition, employers can also sponsor foreign workers for permanent residency through programs such as the Express Entry system or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?
A Labour Market Impact Assessment is a document that an employer in Canada may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker. The document demonstrates that there is a job shortage for the specific skill requirements of the intended occupation. This ensures that hiring a foreign worker will not take a job opportunity away from a Canadian who is readily available. Note that not all jobs in Canada require an LMIA.
What is the employer's responsibility regarding work permits for temporary workers?
As an employer hiring foreign workers, it is your responsibility to ensure that the temporary workers have their work permit and that they follow the conditions and time limits outlined on their work permit.
What are the commitments that an employer must meet regarding wages, working conditions, and occupation for temporary workers?
As an employer hiring foreign workers, it is your responsibility to meet your commitments to the temporary workers regarding their wages, working conditions, and occupation as listed in the offer of employment or labour market impact assessment (LMIA).
What laws must employers comply with when hiring foreign workers in Canada?
Employers must comply with provincial, territorial, or federal employment laws when hiring foreign workers in Canada.
What is the employer's responsibility regarding the validity period of the work permit?
As an employer hiring foreign workers, it is your responsibility to make sure that your business remains active during the validity period of the work permit.
What information should be provided to temporary workers before their first day of work in Canada?
As an employer hiring foreign workers, it is your responsibility to provide the most recent information about their rights in their chosen official language of Canada. This information should be provided on or before their first day of work.
What documents should be provided to temporary workers when they are hired?
It is important to provide temporary workers with a copy of the signed employment agreement that includes information on their wages, working conditions, and occupation as listed in the offer of employment or labour market impact assessment (LMIA).
Can recruitment fees be charged to temporary workers by their employers?
No, as an employer hiring foreign workers, you are responsible for making sure that temporary workers aren’t charged any recruitment fees.
What is the employer's responsibility regarding the workplace environment and health care services for temporary workers?
As an employer hiring foreign workers, it is your responsibility to make reasonable efforts to provide a workplace free of abuse and access to health care services when injured or ill in the workplace.
FOR INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES
How can I immigrate to Canada?
You can immigrate to Canada temporarily through work, study, or visit. For permanent residency, you can apply through Express Entry, Family Sponsorship, or Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds.
How can I settle in Canada?
To settle in Canada, you need to obtain a job, have all necessary documentation during the immigration process, and meet residency requirements. You should also familiarize yourself with government laws, banks and financing, healthcare, transportation, education, grocery stores and restaurants, and housing.
How can I work in Canada?
You can work in Canada temporarily by obtaining a work permit after receiving a job offer. To work and live in Canada permanently, you can apply under the Express Entry Program as a skilled worker.
How can I get temporary residency in Canada?
You can get temporary residency in Canada through a work visa, study permit, or visitor visa.
What is Express Entry in Canada?
Express Entry is a program for skilled workers who want to work and live in Canada as permanent residents. The program has four programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
How long does it take to immigrate to Canada?
The processing time varies based on the type of application and the number of applications being processed by Canadian immigration. Processing time can range from 6-12 months.
Do I need a job offer to immigrate to Canada?
Having a Canadian job offer helps but is not necessary. You can immigrate to Canada through Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Business Immigration, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
How much money do I need to immigrate to Canada?
The cost of immigrating to Canada depends on various factors such as the type of immigration and the number of people immigrating. You need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members who will accompany you.
What documents are needed to work in Canada?
The documents required to work in Canada depend on the job you intend to fill and the program or category you will apply under. Generally, you will need a valid job offer, certification or proof of qualifications for the occupation, a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment, and a work permit. If you are from a non-visa exempt country, you will also need a visa to travel to Canada.
How can I find a job in Canada?
The Canadian Government does not assist with job searches and neither do we. You will need to find your own employment before obtaining a work permit. However, Canada offers a variety of resources for Canadians and foreigners to help locate employers willing to hire foreign workers. Resources like the Job Bank have regular postings for available positions in Canada.
How do I apply for Canada PR?
You can apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada through family sponsorship or Express Entry. You may also be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) or a Bridging Work Permit if you are already working in Canada or if you are in Canada under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
How do you become a citizen of Canada?
To become a citizen of Canada, you must provide proof that you know how to speak and write in English and/or French, be a permanent resident, have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,095 days out of the 5 years prior to applying, and meet all other eligibility requirements.