How Does a US Citizen Obtain Work In Vancouver?

Plenty of US Citizens come to work in Vancouver each and every year. In order to work in Vancouver, you need to apply for a Canadian work permit. Luckily, under NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), US Citizens can obtain a Canada work visa if they have a qualifying job offer.  Work in Vancouver

Do I need a Canada Work visa?

Not everyone needs a Canada work visa. While there are some exceptions to this, there are several types of people who are exempt from requiring a Canada work visa including: foreign diplomats, military personnel, clergy, performing artists, athletes, artists, ship or truck personnel and designated foreign buyers or sellers.

What do I need in order to work in Vancouver as a US Citizen?

In order to work in Canada as a US Citizen, you will need a job offer that is on the NAFTA list (available here and a positive LMO.

The NAFTA list is a list of professional occupations including scientists, engineers, doctors, dentists and others. Note that if your occupation is not on the NAFTA list, we still may be able to help you work in Canada.

After you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you will need a positive LMO or Labour Market Opinion. An LMO is applied for on your behalf by your employer, who must prove that they have done everything they could to recruit willing and able Canadians into your job but could not find any and had to bring in a foreign worker.

You will need a copy of this LMO for your Canada Work Visa application.

Do you need help obtaining a work visa to work in Vancouver as a US Citizen? Are you an employer looking to recruit a foreign worker and need a positive LMO? We have years of experience obtaining positive LMOS and bringing foreign workers including US Citizens to Vancouver and the rest of Canada. Contact us using the form on the right and let us help you!

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