How foreigners work in Canada: Introduction to Canadian work visas

Canada’s immigration policy is strict, and it is not easy for a foreigner to work in Canada, because Canadian laws have strict restrictions on this.

Generally speaking, foreign nationals intending to work in Canada must hold a work permit issued by the Canadian government. A work permit allows foreign citizens to work in Canada for 3 years, it is limited to a specific job position and a specific time, and must be obtained before entering Canada. A few special industries do not need to apply for a work permit, such as diplomats, foreign journalists, and art workers under certain circumstances.

If you want to apply for a work permit in Canada, you must first obtain a letter of employment from a Canadian company, and the job must be approved by the Canadian Employment Commission. The Canadian company that issues the letter of employment to the applicant should also report various conditions related to the employment of the parties, such as appointment qualifications, salary and working environment. The company hiring the applicant will further explain to the Employment Board what steps it has taken to recruit workers in Canada. If there are no such professionals in Canada or no one accepts the job locally, the Canadian Employment Commission will approve the employment of foreigners.

Applicants need to go to the Canadian embassy in their own country to apply for a visa. When applying for a visa, they must bring the letter of employment from the Canadian company and the certificate that the party is suitable for this job. The embassy and consulate will contact the Canadian Employment Commission to determine whether the applicant is suitable for the position in the employment letter. If you pass the examination, the embassy or consulate will issue an entry visa.

After the applicant arrives in Canada, he must engage in the work permitted on the work permit. If he loses his job or changes to another job for some reason, he must re-apply for a work permit to the Immigration Bureau and submit a report on various activities to the Immigration Bureau. If the party fails to comply with the regulations on the work visa issued by the Immigration Bureau, he may be prohibited from working in Canada within one year. After obtaining a temporary work permit, you can apply for permanent residence after the expiration of 3 years. During the temporary work stay, you can purchase medical insurance and enjoy unemployment insurance. Every year there are many people who are granted permanent residence with temporary work status.

Foreign companies or joint ventures established in Canada usually have to send their own personnel to participate in all or part of the operation and management. However, the “Canadian Immigration Act” and related laws have strict regulations on this. Only those who meet the regulations and obtain a work permit can go to Canada to engage in various business activities of the company.

A work permit must be obtained before entering Canada. The basic procedure for obtaining a work permit is: the company submits an application, and after being reviewed and approved by the Canadian Immigration Service, it is issued by the Canadian embassy abroad. However, according to the business needs of some companies at that time, especially when the company has been officially registered in Canada and urgently needs to send people to participate in related work, it may also adopt the method of entering the country with a visit visa first, and temporarily do some company establishment. Initial work, but you must obtain a work permit visa outside Canada (such as the United States) as soon as possible, otherwise, the visit visa expires and you must leave the country and return.

The validity period of the work permit visa is usually 1 year, and in some cases, the immigration office may also issue a work permit for more than 1 year to 3 years. Before the visa expires, you can directly apply for an extension to the immigration office in Canada. The work permit visa is generally allowed to be extended twice, each time for one year. If the job requires the person to stay in the post, he must go out of the country and go through the relevant procedures again. It is easier for foreign citizens who hold senior management positions to obtain work permit visas.

Applicants should hold senior administrative and manager positions in the head office or related enterprises for at least one year. For certain special jobs, the Canadian government also allows the issuance of work permits. The advantage of applying to enter Canada as an international company personnel is that you can avoid the occupational employment approval process of the Canadian Employment Center. The disadvantage is that most of the visas can not stay for more than 3 years.