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If it is your goal to work in Canada, you will need the proper authorization to do so, namely: a Work Permit. Every year, millions of people come to Canada to enjoy the benefits that Canada has to offer. If you are able to secure employment in Canada, you can be one of the many who gain worthwhile experience in the Canadian Labour Market. As well, this may open the doors to future permanent residence in Canada depending on the nature and duration of your occupation in Canada.
If you wish to work in Canada and enter the Canadian labour market, you will require a Work Permit. In order to obtain a Work Permit, you will additionally and firstly require a Labour Market Opinion.
A Labour Market Opinion is typically required prior to obtaining any Work Permit and is a validation of the position being offered. Your prospective employer will obtain this through an application submitted to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and will receive either a positive or negative Labour Market Opinion.
You will then need to apply for a Work Permit and submit a positive Labour Market Opinion obtained through this process. The labour market opinion must be completed prior to your application for a work permit.
You will then receive an authorization letter when the Work Permit has been approved.
Prior to obtaining a Work Permit, your employer may be required to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) before they can hire you as a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW).
An application for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is submitted to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada/Service Canada. The Labour Market Opinion (LMO) confirms that there is no Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident who can do the job for which you are seeking employment.
The opinion also assesses any impact hiring a foreign worker may have on the Canadian Labour market. The Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is essentially an authorization to hire a Foreign Worker in Canada and assess the validity of the job being offered including the wages, hours of employment and the duration of the permit.
If you are an Employer seeking to hire a foreign worker, the first step you will need to take is applying for a Labour Market Opinion. A Labour Marked Opinion is an assessment of the position being offered as well as your compliance with current work standards.
As the Employer, you will be making the application to the Temporary Foreign Worker Unit who will be making a decision on your Labour Market Opinion. The Unit will be assessing your application on:
An essential part to receiving a positive labour market opinion relies on your employer’s recruitment efforts. These recruitment efforts allows employers to find qualified and enthusiastic candidates for vacant job opportunities All employers are encouraged to conduct ongoing recruitment efforts, including updating job postings.
A job posting is an announcement of an employment opportunity through a specific resource such as a newspaper, website or notice board. It is advantageous that we live in a digital world; therefore advertisements can be posting on the internet.
The employer must meet the minimum advertising requirements:
A Work Permit allows a Foreign Worker to work in Canada for a designated employer; this is called a closed Work Permit. This means you will only be able to work for the employer that has been indicated on the Labour Market Opinion at the time of application.
In order to come to Canada as a worker, you will also need to satisfy an officer that you are a bona fide temporary resident, meaning:
Further, simply because you have received a positive labour market opinion does not necessarily mean that you will automatically obtain your work permit. You will also need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills, education and experience to fulfill your intended duties in Canada.
Obtaining a work permit in Canada and the ability to earn a living in this great country is the goal of many hopeful. However, obtaining a work permit in Canada means that you have first found an employer in Canada who is willing to hire you and obtain a Labour Market Opinion first. This means that you will first need to find a prospective job before you can even attempt to apply for a work permit. Once you have found possible employment, your employer will need to apply for a Labour Market Opinion and you will need to apply for your work permit. As such, obtaining a work permit in Canada is a two stage process. We will help you with both.
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