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Immigration to Canada — How do I make it happen?
Unless you were born in Canada, have a Canadian parent, or are married to a Canadian, you will need to do some research to allow you to immigrate to Canada and ultimately work in Canada. This section is aimed at helping you understand all the crucial information you should know to plan your immigration to Canada. For general information on how to get a visa to visit Canada, see the Canada International website.
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If you intend to work in Canada, then you will need to gain a work permit to do so. There are several categories of immigrants, which correspond to the economic and social aims of the various immigration programs. Below are the most popular methods of gaining a visa (work permit) to work in Canada.
Work permit via IEC working holiday visa
Many countries allow people to obtain working holiday visas for Canada for up to two years if they come through the International Experience Canada (IEC) process. This can make immigration to Canada straightforward, at least on a temporary basis, to those who are young and keen to work in Canada. Arriving on a working holiday visa is recommended, where possible, as it allows you the chance to come to Canada, find suitable employment and from there assess your options to stay in Canada. Consult the Working Holiday Visa in Canada section for more information. We have also prepared a IEC visa FAQ section to help you.
Work permit via Labour Market Opinion (LMO)
An LMO can be obtained from outside Canada if a Canadian employer can demonstrate that employing you will benefit the labour market. Immigration to Canada is becoming easier as Canada seeks to attract more foreign workers to support its strong economic growth. LMO is a fast, cheap process that was designed to allow Canadian employers fill positions in their companies with foreign workers if they are unable to find a Canadian to do the job. This work permit generally needs to be renewed annually but is sometimes available up to three years. It allows you to work in Canada for a specified employer.
Apply for residency via Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows one of Canada’s provinces or territories to nominate you to settle and work in Canada. This process is conducted through your employer and specific to each province.
Apply for residency via Canada Experience Class (CEC)
For those of you who have done your time in Canada and have, or will have, twelve months of professional experience or study in your field, the Canadian Experience Class is probably the best route towards residency. You apply directly and not through your employer.
Apply for residency via Family Class
Immigration to Canada is possible through a family relationship. If you are a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency, you can sponsor your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, dependent child (including adopted child) or other eligible relative to become a permanent resident under the Family Class.
Apply for residency via Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) — Professionals
Skilled workers are those who are selected as permanent residents based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. Federal skilled worker applications are assessed for eligibility according to a points-based system.
Apply for residency via Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) — Tradespeople
Tradespeople can apply as permanent residents based on their trade, work experience and either a job offer or trade certification in Canada. Federal skilled trades applications are assessed for eligibility according to a pass / fail system.
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Information on how to apply for a work permit via the Family Class in Canada.
For those with pending residency applications, the bridging open work permit allows you to extend your status in Canada while awaiting processing.
Gain permanent residency in Canada through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, designed to attract workers with much needed trade qualifications to Canada.
Detailed overview of the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process of gaining a work permit for Canada. Get an insight into the LMO process.
Outline of IEC Canada visa FAQs. Solutions on a wide range of commonly encountered issues experienced by other applicants.
Information on how to apply for a work permit via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), including a detailed FAQ section.
Gain permanent residency in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) once you have completed 12 months of skilled work experience.
The Federal Skilled Worker program is a points-based system that will allows workers of certain occupations to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Information on "implied status", how to apply to change your status in Canada and bridging visas for those with pending residency applications.