Being a foreigner and having a job offer in Canada could open doors towards a permanent residency, however, the definition of a job offer can vary depending on which procedure you use.
Temporary foreign workers and international students who are entitled to work in Canada often wonder how to match their work permits with the social insurance number (“SIN”) in order to keep using it.
Studying in Canada is expensive and most international students use the benefit of working while studying in order to bear some of the living expenses of their stay in the country. Not all students can work while studying.
Recently the Canadian government implemented changes to the processing of the LMIA-exempt work permits. One of the more affected categories is the Free Trade Agreement stream that for many years had a very flexible process. In many cases the applicants only had to go to the closest border or port of entry to obtain a work permit.
The processing times for the different applications are constantly changing and clients stress out when their current immigration documents expire and they have not received a reply from the Canadian government. However, as long as the applicant submitted the application PRIOR to the expiry date of their document, the person will be covered under IMPLIED STATUS, this means that the person is legally allowed to remain in Canada until a decision has been made on their applications.
French-speaking candidates recruited for temporary employment in managerial, professional or technical occupations and skilled trades, included in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and who will be working in a province or territory other than Quebec, can benefit from streamlined and accelerated processing of their Work Permit applications.
In order to be successful during your immigration process it is important to consider that the wage offered by your employer plays an important role. During a Labour Market Opinion or even when applying under a different stream for a work permit or for permanent residence, the immigration officers rely on the statistics provided by working-in-canada.
On December 27, 2013, Ministerial Instructions were released respecting Labour Market Opinions and Temporary Work Permits. The Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada together with Citizenship and Immigration Canada will have the power to revoke the positive Labor Market Opinion and the granted work permit in order to address immediately the changes and demands of the Labor Market. This will certainly put the Canadian employers at risk of losing their workers without notice.
If you have a Canadian Visa or a permit that will be expiring soon, you may consider the possibility of extending your status in Canada.
Many people ask the same question when it comes to end of their Working Holiday Visa and wish to remain in Canada longer. The Working Holiday Visa cannot be extended and most of the time the only way to remain in Canada is as a visitor.