Foreign employees may apply for permanent residency in Canada via Express Entry, although it is restricted to “skilled” jobs only. A “skilled” profession, “legitimate employment offer,” and how to assist your new workers become permanent residents are some of the topics covered in this article.

The NOC code and NOC skill level of the position you are looking for should be known before you hire immigrants. A, B, C, and D are the current competence levels for the NOC.

The amount of education, experience, and job-specific training needed by a worker to perform the job’s essential functions is used to classify a profession’s skill level. Your employees’ immigration possibilities will be more clearer when you know this.

A, B, and 0 are the only three skill levels recognized by Express Entry: executive positions, technical employment and skilled crafts that may need college or apprenticeship training, and A, B and 0 are the only three skill levels recognized by Express Entry. The immigration program you’ll need to employ depends on whether you’re filling a position with a NOC C or D worker.

In late 2022, NOC skill level classifications will change. Official information has not yet been made public on the new Express Entry professions that will be eligible and those that will be disqualified. The employment procedure for immigrants will not be affected by the changes.

An LMIA is required by most employers

Immigrants often begin their careers by convincing the federal government there’s no Canadian candidate available to take the job.

To achieve this, you’ll need an Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (ESDC). A job posting in the Government of Canada’s Job Bank and advertisements in two other venues are normally prerequisites for the LMIA.

You may apply for the LMIA after you’ve fulfilled the advertising criteria. An LMIA is issued if ESDC confirms that you need to engage a foreign worker because no Canadians are available.

In order to assist your employee in obtaining Express Entry points, you should do so.

Your employee may use the positive LMIA to boost their Express Entry score. While the LMIA might assist your employees to get points for their job opportunity, it is not a necessity. The more points they have, the more probable it is that they will be asked to submit an application for permanent resident status here in Canada. Employees are free to apply on their own, regardless of whether or not their company supports them.

There are three types of immigration programs for your employee to check into if they are not currently Express Entry candidates: the Canadian Expertise Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Those who meet the requirements may set up an Express Entry profile and apply to the immigration system. Their qualifications, age, and other things will be taken into account while calculating their score. After that, they may be eligible for an Express Entry lottery to apply for permanent residency.

There is no need for them to have a job offer in order to apply for an Express Entry profile, although having a legitimate job offer might give them an advantage. A job offer in a NOC 0, A, or B profession is worth 50 points. They may gain 200 points if their NOC code begins with 00, which is very unusual.

A genuine work offer needs to be full-time at 30 hours per week, and good for at least one year after the employee has their permanent resident visa.

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