US Workers in Canada on Work Visas

More US Workers applying for Temporary Work Visas

We recently blogged about how in a complete reversal of historical trends, more and more workers from the United States are looking for jobs in Canada. The unemployment rate in the United States is high, and an uncertain economy has more Americans looking for temporary work visas in Canada than ever before. Here in Canada, many employers are complaining about not having enough workers.

Obtaining a Temporary Work Visa

An immigration lawyer is your best place to start when thinking of applying for a temporary work visa to live and work in Canada. A temporary work visa is also a key step to temporary residency in Canada, and can also lead to permanent residence in Canada if you qualify.

First, you need a job offer from a Canadian company or business in your professional field.

Job hunters will generally need to get an LMO, or Labour Market Opinion from Service Canada. This ensures that there are not enough Canadian workers with the appropriate skills to fill jobs, and that temporary foreign workers are needed. Some jobs are exempt from having to get an LMO, so speak to an immigration lawyer before applying.

After the offer of employment is approved through Service Canada, the worker applies for a Canadian work visa and must be approved by a visa officer – even if you have an approved LMO, the visa officer can deny your temporary work visa application. This is why it’s so important to choose an immigration lawyer to assist you and give you the best chances for success.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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