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Employers and Foreign workers

Canada needs foreign workers to fill the high labour shortage levels that persist in some regions and certain occupations. Employers and Foreign workers must obtain specific permits that are issued by the Canadian Government after very rigorous and complex processes.

In a few and exceptional cases, it is possible to work in Canada with facilitated processes without having a work permit. 

To know more about the processes and how to apply for the authorization required, click on one of these options:

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FAQ

An LMIA can only be applied for by an employer with a demonstrable labour shortage. An employee cannot apply by themselves. It needs to be the employer applying.

The program fees have to be covered by the employer. That includes application fees, plane tickets and health insurance for the employee (if applicable and depending on the province).

It depends on the stream, the province and the job position. There is no specific processing time. It can take from a few weeks up to 6 months.

It depends on the stream, the province and the job position. There is no specific processing time. It can take from a few weeks up to 6 months.

It is not mandatory; however, it is recommended to have a lawyer who can help the employer gather the required documents proving the business’ legitimacy.

The LMIA is valid for up to six months after being issued; the employer and the temporary foreign worker (TFW) have that amount of time to apply for the respective work permit. If the TFW does not apply for the work permit before the LMIA expiry date, it is necessary to apply for a new LMIA.

Not always. To apply without an LMIA, you have these two options:

1) Apply for an open work permit if you are the spouse of a TFW in a high-skilled position, the spouse of a foreign student, if you have a permanent residence application in process, or if you have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

2) Apply for a work permit with a job offer classified as LMIA exempt through one of these programs: entrepreneurs & self-employed, intra-company transferees, French-speaking skilled workers, international trade agreements, international youth exchange programs.

You continue with the same legal status as the one that just expired while you wait for the outcome of the application you already submitted. This is called implied status. For example, you can still work in Canada if your work permit expires, and you applied for an extension before the expiry date. If you apply for the new permit after the expiry date, you do not have implied status.

Restoration of status means that you basically pay a fine to restore the legal status that you had. For example, if you had a work permit that has already expired, you will need to apply to restore your situation (this can be done within 90 days of the expiry date) along with applying for the new document. However, if your status is still valid, you just apply for an extension. Restoration is only applicable when the status that you had expired.

Applying at the border always represents more risk, so we typically advise our clients to apply online.

As part of our service, we will walk you through this process and send you the proper instructions on how to obtain the police certificates.

As part of our service, we will walk you through this process and send you the proper instructions on how to pay these fees. We give you the option to pay them yourself or include the costs in our service payments so that we can pay this on your behalf.

The sponsoree can work in Canada only if the spousal application is processed as an inside Canada application rather than outside Canada. When applying for the PR, the sponsoree can also apply for an open work permit, but not before the spouse sponsorship application is submitted.

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