Is there a link between foreign worker recruitment and Canada’s immigration law?
Yes. Before being allowed to work in Canada, your foreign employee must be legally admitted to Canada. The admission of foreigners to Canada is an immigration issue.
How long does it take to bring a temporary foreign worker into Canada?
From start to finish, the whole process takes from one to eight months.
What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application?
A positive LMIA decision grants permission from the federal government for a company to hire foreign workers. In order to obtain a positive LMIA a company must fulfil a number of requirements including showing that the hiring of a foreign worker will not have a negative effect on the Canadian labour market.
Does the worker require an LMIA or can they enter under an LMIA exempt program?
The answer to this question often depends on the nationality of the worker you are seeking to recruit and whether he or she qualifies under a program that does not require an LMIA.
Does the worker require a medical exam?
This depends on the type of work being performed and the worker’s nationality. Nationals of most countries in Europe do not require a medical exam.
Do workers require a travel visa?
Nationals of most European countries do not require a visa to travel to Canada. They can often apply for and be issued a work permit upon arriving at a Canadian Port of Entry such as an international airport.
Does the worker require any professional or trade certification to work in their occupation?
The answer to this question usually requires checking provincial laws and regulations including the requirements of membership created by the regulations of provincial professional associations.
If we are happy with a temporary worker, can we assist the worker to become a permanent resident in Canada?
Yes, there are several immigration programs both federal and provincial that enable temporary workers to apply for and become permanent residents. The support of the employer, if only with a job offer letter confirming future employment can be critical to a worker becoming a permanent resident.