Work Permits and Visas for Canada

Countless individuals apply for the Canada Work Permits each year, but not all the applicants have the right tools for success. First and foremost, applications must be filled out properly.  If any details are missing or incorrect, the case could be denied. Wasting any previous efforts of the applicant and landing them right back at square one.

Niren & Associates has more than 30 years combined experience in assisting foreign workers to come to Canada.  With our extensive knowledge in all Canadian immigration matters, we know exactly what is needed for an application to be approved.

Understanding the Canada Work Visa

A Canada Work Visa or Canada Work Permit is a document issued by the Canadian government that allows a foreigner to legally work in Canada for a temporary period of time. However, not all foreigners require a Canada Work Visa:

  • Foreign Diplomats
  • Military Personnel
  • Clergy
  • Performing Artists (under certain circumstances)
  • Athletes
  • Artists

Are all examples of persons who may be exempt from the process (subject to certain conditions).

Obtaining a Work Visa or Work Permit

In most cases, the procedure of acquiring a Work Visa or Work Permit can be broken into two steps:

Step 1.

Get a A Labour Market Opinion (LMO) letter from Service Canada

The prospective Canadian employer applies for approval of the Canadian job offer to the foreign worker. Service Canada will issue the LMO approval or confirmation if they are satisfied that there are no Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents who are qualified for and willing to fill the position offered by a foreign worker OR that the foreign worker will train Canadians during his or her employment in Canada. Typically, the prospective employer must demonstrate to Service Canada that it has made efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident for the position but had not been successful in finding a suitable Canadian candidate. The Canadian employer will often be required to advertise for the position offered to the foreign worker.

If Service Canada is satisfied that the prospective employer has made best efforts to hire a local worker, they will “Confirm” the offer of employment to the foreign worker and issue and LMO letter.

Step 2.

Application for Canadian Work Visa

Once the LMO has been issued by Service Canada, the foreign worker will be invited to apply for a Canadian Work Visa or Canadian Work Permit at a Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission outside of Canada. In some cases, the foreign worker will be required to attend at an interview with a visa officer. If the visa officer is satisfied that the foreign worker’s employment will not adversely effect employment in Canada for Canadians, and that the foreign worker qualifies for the position, then a Canada Work Permit will be issued.

Note: In some cases, applicants from certain countries will be required to undergo medical examinations.

Not Everyone requires an LMO to get a Canada Work Visa. There are certain occupations which do not require an LMO from Service Canada such as:

  • Certain computer professionals who qualify under the Software Development Workers Pilot Project (SDWPP)
  • Foreign Students holding a Canadian Study Permit
  • Citizens of the United States whose occupations fall under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This category is for US Citizens and Mexican Citizens
  • Spouses of Highly Skilled Workers who qualify under the Spousal Pilot Project Pursuing Permanent Resident Status After Working in Canada

If you work in Canada for two years under a valid Work Permit you may be eligible for Permanent Resident status under the Canadian Experience Class depending on your job classification and your language proficiency.

NOTE: Canada NAFTA Work Visas are now valid for  3 Years

We Have Helped Thousands

Obtaining a Canadian Work Visa may facilitate the beginning of a better life. So it would seem pointless to have something a obvious as “attention to detail” stand in the way of you and your dreams. At Niren and Associates we have helped to process thousands of successful visas. Contact us and let us see how we may assist you.

Niren and Associates were very professional and I had no doubt that they would work diligently for me. I loved the fact that they were extremely organized. The attorneys were very professional and eased a stressful situation.Roland N.

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