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Hi, this is Paula Holmes with VisaPlace.com. There are now new rules in place for work visas for post-graduate students. In the past, Canada’s immigration system allowed students in Canada to work after their studies are complete in most cases. This program was called the post-graduate work permit program. Up until recently, Canada has allowed people completing their studies as post-grads to apply for a work visa without going through the laborious Labor Market Impact Assessment, or LMIA process, formerly known as the Labor Market Option.
The LMIA requires that an employer demonstrate that there are no Canadians who can fill the position and therefore the company is entitled to hire a foreign worker. The exemption to the LMIA process was a great benefit for recent graduates and employers alike. However, the Canadian government has taken away this exemption and now post-grad students and employers are required to go through the LMIA process, just like other candidates.
This means that the employer must recruit for four weeks and show that it could not find a qualified worker in Canada before it hires a post-graduate student. This is a very unfortunate development and requires that employers start the process early if they intend to hire post-grad workers. Both student and employer should be getting their paperwork together as early as possible. Thank you for listening and for more information, please visit us at www.VisaPlace.com.
If you have immigration questions regaring the new rules for post graduate work permits, VisaPlace is here to guide you through the immigration process. We work with qualified immigration lawyers who can help you with your work permit application. Contact us to book a consultation.
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