Bridge Work Permit

The bridging open work permit (BOWP) is a way to keep a worker in Canada working while his or her application for permanent residence is being processed. In-Canada applicants who have made an application to immigrate to Canada under either the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Class, the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Class, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Read More…

Agriculture Stream

The Agricultural Stream allows employers to hire Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) for a maximum period of 24 months when Canadians and permanent residents are not available. You can only hire a temporary foreign agricultural worker in occupations and activities related to primary agriculture. Primary agriculture is defined as work duties that must: be performed within the boundaries of Read More…

Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent Stream is part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. It establishes a two-week standard for processing of work permit applications for highly skilled talent.   It is one of the pillars of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, which aims to help innovative companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly. There arRead More…

Owner Operator

For many businesspersons around the world, Canada is the logical choice to embark upon a new business venture or for expanding an existing business.  Generally, to obtain a work permit, a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) must first be conducted and approved. As part of the LMIA process, Canadian employers must demonstrate that employing a foreign worker will have a positivRead More…

Significant Benefit of Canada

Scenarios often arise where there is no specific LMIA exemption that applies, typically implying that the LMIA will need to be submitted and approved prior to applying for the work permit. This usually involves processing time as well as the need on the part of the Canadian employer to prove that they were unable to find a Canadian for the job. Sometimes however, an exception can be made on thRead More…

International Reciprocal

Reciprocal employment allows a foreign national to work in Canada with a work permit, but is Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt provided that there is evidence that a Canadian is provided a similar ‘reciprocal’ work opportunity abroad. International Experience Canada (IEC) program Citizens of countries with a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada who are Read More…

Charity and Religion

Foreign nationals who are coming to work for a Canadian charitable or religious organization could be eligible for a facilitated work authorization process. This process could consist of the work permit being exempt from the LMIA, or in certain cases the foreign national could be exempt from the work permit altogether. Factors must be assessed to determine whether an LMIA exemption is appropriRead More…

Provincial Nominee

The government of Quebec has implemented provisions to simplify the hiring of temporary foreign workers who hold a valid Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). These provisions include an exemption from the requirement to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if they are hiring a foreign worker who: possesses a valid work permit;holds a skilled worker Certificate Read More…

Spousal Work Permit

The spouse of Work permit holders or international students or applicant of inland sponsorship may apply for Open Work Permit, which allows them to work for any employer in any legal position in Canada. Spousal Work Permit Criteria: The spouse of the applicants is studying in Canadian designated learning institution and has a valid study permit.The spouse of the applicants is working in NOCRead More…