**Update on Coronavirus and Canadian Work Permit: Canada is still accepting work permit applications, however, delays should be expected.
Regardless of the legal ability to do so, work permit holders should consider the public health crisis in Canada. If it is at all possible to delay travel to Canada, it is advisable to do so.
Keep in mind, this depends on the type of work permit you’ve received and your date of issue. According to official guidelines published by IRCC on March 26, temporary workers who hold a valid work permit or who are approved for a work permit but have not yet been issued the work permit (holding a Letter of Introduction) may still enter Canada.
For more updates on the Coronavirus, visit our page on the impact the Coronavirus has had on Canadian immigration.**
A question we are often asked at our immigration law firm is, can an American work in Canada? The answer is, yes!
Americans Working in Canada
If you are an American citizen, you may be eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit or apply to work in Canada under the Skilled Worker Program, which could lead to permanent residency.
Obtaining a Canadian Work Permit for Americans
Thanks to the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), it is much easier for a United States citizen to obtain a work permit in Canada. However, there are still requirements that must be met. These requirements include:
- You must have a job offer from a Canadian employer
- The job offer must be listed in the USMCA agreement
- You must be able to prove you are a United States citizen
- You must be able to demonstrate that you have work experience and education that make you qualified for the job you’ve been offered.
You may also be required to obtain a positive LMO. This is also called a Labour Market Opinion, and your employer will obtain this on your behalf while giving you a copy for your work permit application. This assures the Canadian government that there are no Canadians available to fill the job you’ve been offered.
Americans Applying Under the Skilled Worker Program
If you would like to work in Canada but would like to use your work experience as a pathway to permanent residency, you could also consider the Skilled Worker Program. To be eligible for the Skilled Worker Program, you will need to have at least one year of full-time work experience in a management occupation, a professional and related occupation, a technical occupation, skilled trade or paraprofessional occupation. You will also need to determine your eligibility based on the program’s point system, which measures certain criteria such as your language proficiency, work experience and age.
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