How do I hire a foreign worker under TFWP?

Well, there are a few steps and the first is to complete the LMIA requirements for the work permit that you wish to apply for. There are quite a several specialized application processes, some of which have facilities LMIA process. A good example of a work permit program that allows employers to skip the advertising requirement is the global talent stream, it allows eligible tech workers to get their documents processed in as little as just two weeks.

Remember that the LMIA application process also depends on what type of program you are hiring through. These programs fall into four categories:

  • high-wage workers,
  • low-wage workers,
  • seasonal agriculture worker program,
  • agriculture stream.

Once you get the LMIA, then you can proceed to give a copy to your foreign employee, and then they have to apply to RCC. Alongside the LMIA, they will also need to submit a contact and a job after letter, which should include information about their salary, their job duties as well conditions of employment such as working hours, etc.

If and when the foreign worker is approved, they will receive a letter of introduction. When they arrive in Canada they can then receive their work permit from a border services office. If they are already In Canada then IRCC will mail their work permit to them.

How do I hire a foreign worker under the IMP?

the Canadian employee must first check the LMIA exemption codes and work permit exemption codes for the list of situations where hiring a foreign worker does not require on LMIA.

Some of the common IMP work permit programs include

  • CUSMA: Citizens of the U.S. and Mexico may be eligible for facilitated processing when applying to work in Canada.
  • Intra-Company Transfers: Allows employers to transfer certain workers to their offices in Canada.
  • Television and Film: Canada welcomes entertainment industry workers to support its booming TV and film industry.
  • Business Visitors: Foreign workers who will be in Canada for less than six months and who will not be entering the labor market, can be eligible to work in Canada without needing a work permit.
  • International Experience Canada: Canada has bilateral agreements with more than 30 countries that allow international youth to gain work experience in Canada.
  • Bridging Open Work Permit: Eligible skilled worker candidates living in Canada can apply for a BOWP while their permanent residence application is being processed. Eligible spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can get a BOWP if they are living in Canada.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit: The PGWP is the most common work permit under the IMP. Eligible international graduates of Canadian designated learning institutions (e.g., colleges and universities) can get this open work permit for up to three years. To hire through the IMP, employers need to pay an employer compliance fee and submit an offer of employment form through IRCC’s Employer Portal. This must be done before the foreign worker can apply for a work permit.

Hiring foreign workers benefits both Canada and foreign workers!

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