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Canada Introduces New Recognized Employer Pilot
January 2024 Update: Phase 2 of this program has started. See below for more details on phase 2 of this program. Canada has unveiled a fresh initiative designed to tackle labor shortages and streamline the hiring process for repeat users of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This new pilot project, set to launch in […]
Temporary Foreign Worker Program for Low Wage Earners
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is intended to be used when you are facing short-term skills and labour shortages, and only when no Canadians and permanent residents are available. Under the TFWP, employers may hire temporary foreign workers through multiple different kinds of streams. Here, we will describe what the low-wage stream for temporary foreign […]
Work Options for International Graduates in Canada
On January 8th, 2021, a new policy took effect in Canada that will allow prior international students who have an expired or expiring Post-Graduate Work Permit to apply for a new open work permit which will be valid for 18 months. International students partake in such a vital part of Canada’s economy, to which they […]
What is An Owner/Operator LMIA in Canada?
Immigrating to Canada through a work permit is very common and as many already know, there are many different work permits available. The real challenge is figuring out what worker visa works best for you and your unique situation. There are a few pathways an individual can choose to immigrate to Canada as a business […]
Temporary Foreign Worker Program for High Wage Earners
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is intended to be used when you are facing short-term skills and labour shortages, and only when no Canadians and permanent residents are available. Under the TFWP, employers may hire temporary foreign workers through multiple different kinds of streams. Here, we will describe what the high wage stream for temporary […]
How to Hire Foreign Workers With An LMIA
In most cases, employers are required to get government approval before hiring foreign workers now called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). An LMIA is issued in cases where a Canadian employer is unable to fill the position with a local Canadian worker. The main means of […]
What Are the LMIA Application Fees and Wait Times?
If you’re planning on hiring foreign workers under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), you most likely need a labour market impact assessment (LMIA). And if you’ve never applied for one before, you most likely have a number of questions about the LMIA requirements as well as the process. How much does it cost? How […]
How to Qualify for an LMIA Work Permit
I’d like to talk to you about some recent important changes that have been made to the work permit application process. Specifically, Labor Market Impact Assessment or LMIA. The LMIA has commonly replaced the LMO, Labor Market Opinion, and this is one of the first steps in the work permit approval process. In order to […]
5 Things Every Employer Should Know Before Applying for LMIA
With over 330,000 temporary foreign workers currently in Canada, it’s safe to say that Canadian employers rely on the experience and skills of internationally trained workers. In most cases, temporary foreign workers enter the country tied to a specific job and employer. If you’re an employer looking to hire foreign workers, chances are you may […]
New Rules for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
The Post Graduate Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience in NOC skill type 0 or skill level A or B that is gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in […]
Immigration Appeal Pilot Project Underway in Toronto
The Federal government has launched a pilot project at the Federal Court in Toronto to see if there is a way to quickly expedite the appeals of time-sensitive work permit, visitor visa and student visa application denials. Currently, it can take as many as 200 days to fully process an appeal for someone who has […]
Changes to the Job List for the Federal Skilled Worker Program
As you may have read, a significant backlog of immigration applications has caused the Canadian government to put a temporary stop on the acceptance of applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. However, the government is going to start accepting applications for the new applications as soon as May 4th, 2013! When the time comes, only […]
LMO and Work Permit Application Updates: New LMIA’s
Below is an interesting guest post about Work Permit Applications, written by my colleague Jeff Jiehui Li who actually used to work for me a few years back. Jeff now has is own practice where he assists clients in family, tax, litigation and immigration law. Thank you Jeff for your contribution! __________________ I have recently encountered a […]
How to Hire Foreign Workers in Canada in 4 Steps
Let’s have a closer look at the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. This program is a Government instrument through which Canadian employers can bring Foreign Workers to Canada or hire those already in Canada in order to fill a temporary labour shortage. This program can be sought by a Canadian Employer for up to 4 […]
I am on an LMO but was terminated from Work. What happens to my Work Permit?
Hello. I was laid off from a construction firm early this year and I am on an LMO. Instead of going back home I stayed in Canada to find some work. Now my work permit is expired. I applied for a 90-days restoration of status to stay in Canada while waiting for a new job […]