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Moving to Canada to Work

If you’re looking to come to Canada to work you can fully immigrate if you are careful in your application process. By doing so you will be able to live and work in Canada on a more-or-less permanent basis. As long as you follow the immigration regulations you could even change jobs after a while and still be able to stay in Canada.

Filing for immigration benefits can prove to be a serious drag and will end up taking up a significant portion of your time. However, you can make the process much easier for yourself by reading up about the process as much as you can. Here, we have compiled a list of hints and tips that might help you in your efforts towards a work permit. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the official voice in immigration matters and is an excellent reference for these matters.

Labor Market Opinions Work permit holder

Sometimes, in order for an employer to sponsor your immigration to Canada, they must first ask for a Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Labour Market Opinion is effectively a document that says that there is a need for a foreign worker to come to Canada.

Some jobs do not require a Labour Market Opinion. You should talk to your employer to find out whether or not they will need to file for one.

Needed Documents

When you apply with the Canadian government for immigration you will need to provide two documents. You will need a letter stating that a Canadian company is offering you a job and the Labour Market Opinion form Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

What’s the difference between a Work Permit and a Work Visa

Work Visas are the full-immigration form of a Work Permit. A Work Visa is just another way of saying that you immigrated to Canada through a job and now you are living permanently within its borders.

Work Permits are much more temporary. A Work Permit will allow you to work within Canada for a while, but eventually you will either have to leave or change your status to something a little more permanent.

Processing Times

Processing times of any application can be hard to estimate. Generally, the CIC releases processing time schedules on their website. However, these times are highly variable depending on the load that the office may be handling, the complexity of your particular application and any difficulties that may arise during the examination process.

As of June 14, 2013 a strike at the CIC offices is currently delaying the process of immigration applications.


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