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Working in Canada: how to obtain a work permit?

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You are a potential immigrant to Canada or a Canadian employer wishing to hire a qualified employee? Have you ever wondered about the procedures that must be followed to emigrate and work in Canada? Here is an in-depth look at the work permit and at how to obtain it.

Recruitment prospects in Canada are now really attractive but emigrating to a new country is very challenging. For newcomers who are seeking to set up in Canada, specific procedures apply as well as immigration-related programs. Let’s take a look.

Obtaining a work permit in Canada

Since you are not a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen yet, and you wish to enter the work market on a permanent basis, you must apply for a work permit in the first place. However, there are many different work permits as well as simplified procedures for some of them.

The different work permits

Closed work permit

In order to obtain this permit, you must have an employer in Canada. Canadian employers may need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a foreign worker. Indeed, the employers must prove to the Canadian government that no Canadian citizen is available for the position. They must place a job offer nationwide and find out if they need a Labour Market Impact Assessment before applying for an LMIA.

Open work permit

A work permit grants authorization to work for any employer throughout Canada. This is a useful clarification for a work permit is usually issued for a specific employer. Moreover, an open work permit is typically linked to an already submitted application and there is no requirement for employers to get a labour market opinion beforehand.

Intracompany transfer

This program helps employee transfers between a foreign company and its Canadian branch along. Only workers such as executives, directors or with specialised knowledge are entitled to LMIA exemption.

Work permit for recently graduated students

Those who are allowed to study in Canada and pursue advanced degrees can work on Canadian soil by obtaining a post-graduation work permit. This permit enables a foreign student to work for any employer and gain valuable experience on the Canadian labour market.

To avoid mistakes, we recommend you ask a professional regarding the appropriate work permits. Feel free to contact our experts at ASD Group so that they can assist you in the formalities and services of posting of workers.

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