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Your Complete List of Truck Driver Visa Requirements in Canada

Truck Driver Visa Requirements in Canada

What if there was a job that enabled you to travel all over the country with a good salary? You might say, “That sounds great, but I bet it’s a scam.” It’s not. The Canadian trucking industry needs drivers as the workforce ages or seeks employment opportunities closer to home. Newcomers to Canada with clean driving records are in demand. Learn what you need to know about truck driver visa requirements in Canada so you can find a steady, well-paying job in this field.

What Should You Know about Truck Driver Visa Requirements?

At this point in time, truck driving is still considered an unskilled occupation. There isn’t a particular visa for truck drivers. As such, if you’re interested in obtaining a job as a trucker in Canada, you’ll need to apply through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The TFWP allows Canadian employers to hire people from outside of Canada to fill temporary jobs and skills shortages when Canadian citizens aren’t available to do so.

Are You Eligible for the TFWP?

While you might be interested in becoming a truck driver in Canada, it doesn’t matter if you’re not eligible for the TFWP.

It’s important to remember that a critical part of the TFWP is that workers stay in Canada temporarily. Even if you intend to stay in Canada in the long term, you must be able to prove to immigration officials that you’re ready, willing, and able to leave the country once the period of your authorized stay ends. You’ll have to show that you have strong ties to your home country and that you’re not simply enrolling in the TFWP to come to Canada through a “back door.”

Another criteria of eligibility for the TFWP is that you can support yourself or that someone else can support you while in Canada. If you can’t show that you have means of support and it seems likely to immigration officials that you’ll wind up on social assistance, your application will most likely be denied.

Furthermore, your health plays a role in whether you’re approved to participate in the TFWP. People with serious health problems have trouble working full time, and they tend to be a drain on the public health system.

Do you have a criminal record? Depending on the type of offense you’ve committed, you might be ineligible to come to Canada through the TFWP (or any other immigration program, for that matter). In addition, if you’ve ever been denied entry to Canada or removed from Canada or another country, that could prevent you from being hired under the TFWP.

Employer Requirements under TFWP

Potential employees aren’t the only ones who have to meet strict criteria under the TFWP. Employers must also fulfil certain obligations in order to bring over foreign workers on a temporary basis.

Here’s a little background about the TFWP that will help you understand what employers’ obligations are under this program. The TFWP is managed by two government agencies: Human  Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). HRSDC requires a labour market opinion (LMO) for Canadian companies to hire foreign truck drivers. An LMO shows that the firm has made good faith efforts to fill the job with a Canadian employee, but hasn’t succeeded. Furthermore, the job offer must be genuine, and the business must prove that it has fulfilled its obligations to temporary foreign workers in the past. The employer pays the cost of the LMO.

Once the employer has obtained an LMO that says that a foreign worker is absolutely necessary for this job, the employee applies for a work permit through the CIC. The employer must include the LMO in the permit application.

When the employee has the work permit, it’s the employer’s responsibility to arrange Worker’s Compensation benefits and medical coverage. The employer is also responsible for ensuring the employee has a Social Insurance Number and that the work permit’s conditions are respected.

Turn to a Trusted Source for Immigration and Employment Questions

Whether you run a trucking company and you’re looking to hire foreign workers or you’re looking for a job driving a truck in Canada, you need to talk to an immigration law expert who specializes in employment issues. Bringing over a temporary foreign worker requires a great deal of paperwork, and it’s easy to make a mistake that could prevent an application from being approved. An experienced immigration lawyer who’s familiar with employment law can help you whether you’re an employer or an employee.

Are you interested in immigrating to the U.S. or moving to Canada? Contact VisaPlace today.

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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

19 thoughts on “Your Complete List of Truck Driver Visa Requirements in Canada

  1. Michael

    Hi there.
    Im from Zimbabwe and im working as a truck driver in South Africa. I hold a South African heavy haulage driving licence and boast of vast experience. Im a bit hung up on the technicalities on eligibility and visa processing. Please advice. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We have helped many truck drivers obtain visas to work in Canada, and we would love to help you! First, we need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Harman Singh

    Hello Maam,
    I wanted to know that how much work experience is minimum required as a truck driver to be eligible for TWFP and i have scored 7 bands in ielts. is it enough?

    Than You

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Harman,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to answer your questions about immigrating to Canada. First, we need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Harry maan

    Hlo mam I want to know that the experiance is important for trucking in canada or the licence is important

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Harry,
      The first step for you is to please visit the link to Start Your Free Immigration Assessment.
      It will only take 5-7 minutes. We will then get back to you within 1 business day to let you know if you are eligible for a visa.

      If you have any further questions, please let us know. Thanks!

      http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  4. Amar jeet singh riar

    I have got truck /bus/light vehicle license from India last 10 years
    Please tell me paper. Work come to Canada

    Thanks. Regard
    Amar jeet singh. Contact. No 09425261334

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Amar,
      With your extended work experience, you may qualify for a Canadian work visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. BRINDER SINGH SAINI

    Hello sir i am brinder singh saini from indore i am truck drive last 8 years in India. Can I eligible for Canadian visa

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Brinder,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your experience as a truck driver, you may be eligible for a Canadian visa. We have helped thousands of clients with your similar work experience, and we may be able to help you. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  6. Aman

    Hlo sir, madam i have 2 years experience in uae as a truck driver..can i eligible for canada..

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Aman,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your work experience as a truck driver, you may be eligible for a visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  7. Aman

    Hlo sir, madam i have 2 year experience in uae as a truck driver..can i eligible for Canada

    Reply
  8. Jarmanjit singh

    Hello sir
    I am from dubai and doing my job from last 8years as heavy truck driver.i want to is it compulsory to do ielts for lodging application in this process and how much scores we needed for it..plz let me know

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Jarmanjit,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Unfortunately, we cannot give legal advice over the internet, but we may be able to help you on the application and guide you throughout the process. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  9. Harjit Singh

    I have got truck licence from dubai. Will it valid too in canada for driving a truck.?
    Whats the formaltis of visa process?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Harjit,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I can understand how the laws and regulations can be quite confusing when it comes to truck driver licenses between countries. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  10. arun kumar

    heloo dear sir or madam
    my name is Arun kumar . i m from india punjab. an now i work in doha qatar as a driver . i have 4 year exp.. as a driver in arab countrys. 2 years i work in soudi arabia and 2 years in here doha qatar as a driver . i have 2 countrys HV license saudi and qatar . i like to work in canada becose i like to driveing in canada. dear sir or madam. i really thankyou . you need any exp.. driver then plzz cont… me

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Arun,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! With your experience in driving, you may qualify for a Canadian work visa. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply

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