Canada Work Permit, or a Work Visa, is issued to eligible overseas individuals to work in that country for a specific time period. People need to apply for a Work Visa only after getting a job offer or an employment contract from a Canadian employer.
If you are working with a Canadian employer on a temporary work permit and the employer has made you an offer for permanent employment, you may be eligible to apply for your permanent residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Such an offer is referred to as arranged employment. The temporary worker will have to meet the necessary points required under the Foreign Skilled Worker Program. Points are awarded based on factors such as the applicant’s education, age, adaptability, language skills and the job offer. This process can take up to 12-18 months.
Temporary Workers in skilled positions can use their work experience in Canada to apply under the Canadian Exeprience Class program. This is a popular options for those temporary workers who do not meet the points required the federal skilled worker program.
Applicants under the CEC are required to at least 2 years of work experience in Canada or have completed post-secondary studies in Canada and have 1 year of work experience. Applicants who qualify under the CEC must meet one of the requirements above before applying for their Canadian permanent residency.
Almost every province has their own provincial nominee program that allows provinces to nominate foreign nationals to apply for their Canadian permanent residency. Applicants who apply under a provincial program must intend to reside in the province under which they are applying for. The different streams and options available in each province can vary greatly however programs often resemble those programs at the federal level. Applications for permanent residency under a PNP can take up to 12-18 months. Contact us for more information.
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