Employment Procedures In Canada For An Expat

Immigration fraud is a serious offence in most countries and in Canada no less! For employees and employers alike, it is essential to go through some legal procedures before employment.

Canada is a teeming hub of ever expanding companies with an employment rate of 85%, which is good news for Canadian job seekers as well as employers. Here is some up to date information on employment permits in Canada.

In most cases, you will need a work permit for employment in Canada. However, there are certain situations where a job seeker can work without a permit. In some situations, you can even skip the traditional application process including post graduate permits and permits granted under international agreements.

Types of Canadian Work Permits Granted On The Basis of Employment And Education

The following are the different types of work permits granted in accordance with the situation of the employment seeker.

  1. LMIA Based Work Permits

This permit is to be acquired by the employer. The application for the Labor Market Impact Assessment is mandatory for any employer to hire employees.

  1. LMIA Exemptions

Some people can get employed in Canada without acquiring an LMIA permit, like when the employment falls under international trade agreements.

  1. NAFTA Work Permits

The North American Free Trade Agreement is one such situation, wherein the trade falls under international agreements and the employment can take place without an LMIA permit.

  1. Intra Company Transfers

This clause allows company to bring in their employees working at other offices internationally to Canada without an LMIA.

  1. Business Visitors

As long as business men do not enter the Canadian Labor Market, they are allowed to work in Canada without a permit.

  1. Post-Graduation Work Permits

Foreign student post graduates from a recognized and legally admissible Canadian educational institution are allowed to work in Canada for a period of three years without applying for a traditional work permit.

Applying for a work permit can be just as confusing for an employer as it is for the employee. These are some of the common work permits available in Canada. They differ not only according to the employment situation, but also in terms of their application processes, some of which may take up to a few weeks. To speed things up, one can always consult an immigration lawyer for the nooks of the application procedure.