Every year, over 150,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or to work as live-in caregivers.
A foreign individual who intends to work in Canada is required to possess sufficient authorization to legally do so. This authorization may be obtained in different ways, and often requires advanced approval from Service Canada prior to entering Canada for work. Such a process is complex and CARO Global Immigration Services will provide you with answers about Canadian immigration policy and supply the expertise necessary to efficiently obtain a Work Permit or Business Visitor Visa. CARO Global Immigration Services will guide you to find out if you need a work permit or if you are in a special category where a work permit may not be necessary or is approved differently.
There are many categories by which a foreign worker can seek a work permit in Canada. However, these usually fall within one of several general classifications that can be used to better understand the procedures. These are:
More than 90,000 students come to study in Canada every year. Foreign students bring a rich culture to our classrooms. Your knowledge and skills are welcome in our schools.
Student Authorization is a resident temporary visa issued by an immigration officer that allows, after admittance, to remain in Canada to take an academic, professional or vocational training course at an approved university, college or institution.
Most foreign students will need a Study Permit to study in Canada. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
To be eligible to study in Canada
It is possible to work in Canada while you are here as a student, and there are opportunities for jobs on and off campus. You will need to apply.
Students can work at the institution where they study without a work permit if: you are a full-time student at a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec; a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees and you have a valid study permit.
Foreign students studying in Canada can now apply for off-campus work permits. On April 27, 2006, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that foreign students in Canada can work off campus if they meet certain eligibility requirements. CIC is now accepting applications for work permits under the Off-Campus Work Permit Program.
For some academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. Foreign students who wish to participate in a co-op or internship program must apply for a work permit as well as a study permit. To be eligible for a work permit, you must meet the following conditions: You must have a valid study permit. Your intended employment must be an essential part of your program of study in Canada. Your employment must be part of your academic program, certified by a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution. Your co-op or internship employment cannot form more than 50 percent of the total program of study.
Your spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if you are a full-time student at: a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university or collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec, a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees ,you have a valid study permit or, you have a valid work permit.
Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada. As a visitor with a Resident Temporary Visa, you will enjoy the many opportunities Canada has to offer.
To visit Canada you:
Many people do not require a visa to visit Canada. These include:
Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Make sure you have health insurance to pay your medical costs before you leave for Canada.
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have a new option for visiting Canada. As of December 1, 2011, you may be eligible to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa and enjoy visiting your family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew your status.
To apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, you must:
NOTE: You cannot include dependants in this application. Only your spouse or common-law partner is eligible to accompany you under this provision.
Visa officers consider several factors before deciding if a person is admissible. The person must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of the visit. Among the things that could be considered are:
In addition to being found admissible to Canada, the parent or grandparent must also:
The Live-in Caregiver Program brings qualified caregivers to Canada in situations where there are no Canadians or permanent residents to fill available positions. Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to work without supervision in a private household providing care for children, the elderly or people with disabilities. The live-in caregiver must live in the employer’s home.
Both the employer and the employee must follow several steps to meet the requirements of the Live-In Caregiver Program.
In order to qualify under the Live-in Caregiver Program, candidates must meet four main requirements:
They must have successfully completed a course of study that is equivalent to a Canadian secondary school diploma.
They must have completed 6 months of full-time training in a classroom setting or 12 months of full-time paid employment (including at least 6 months of continuous employment with one employer) in a field or occupation related to the job they are seeking as a live-in caregiver. This experience must have been obtained within the three years immediately prior to the day on which they submit an application for a work permit.
They must have the ability to speak, read and understand either English or French at a level sufficient to communicate independently.
They must have a written employment contract with their future employer.
A foreign national who wishes to work in Canada as a live-in caregiver must apply for a Work Permit before seeking entry to Canada.
If you intend to work in the province of Quebec, you must obtain a certificat de acceptation du Quebec before a work permit can be issued.
Temporary foreign workers are extremely important to Québec. For Québec employers, these workers represent an added value since, more often than not, their skills are acknowledged to be in short supply.