Professional mobility 2017-08-29T14:42:45+00:00

PROFESSIONAL MOBILITY

In the era of globalization, businesses here and abroad must now rely on foreign nationals to fill some specific market needs. However, with Canadian work permit policies in place to protect the local labour market, hiring a foreign worker is becoming more complex than ever before. In these circumstances, it is crucial to obtain competent advice if you want to make sure your resources will be here on time.

An entrepreneur who wishes to start a business in Canada will also face a hefty task as he will need to demonstrate his contribution to Canada. That being said, for many entrepreneurs, this will indeed be possible and a work permit will be within reach. The application will need to be carefully drafted and it is a process we would be pleased to assist you with.

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GETTING THE AUTHORISATIONS FOR A WORKER

If your need for the foreign worker’s particular skills is justified or if your business plan is solid, there is almost certainly a solution adapted to your needs.

This solution will depend on the nationality of the foreign worker, on your needs, on labour shortages in Canada, on the credentials of the foreign national and many others.

Many work permits can be obtained in just a few days, while others can take weeks. In any case, choosing the proper process is key in order to avoid unnecessary delays, or worse, a refusal.

THE FAMILY OF THE FOREIGN WORKER

Specialised foreign workers can come to Canada with their spouse and their dependent children. The procedure to follow in order to obtain the necessary documents to work or study for accompanying family members will depend on the nationality as well as the age of the dependent children.

FROM TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER TO PERMANENT RESIDENT

Through various programs, Canada encourages foreign workers to transition to permanent residence. Depending on your circumstances, requirements will vary. In any case, it is always best to plan ahead since the process can be long and it is imperative that the foreign worker maintain a valid temporary status throughout the process. Mishandling during the course of this process may lead to status loss, meaning the foreign worker would need to stop working. These headaches can and should be avoided.

OBLIGATIONS OF THE EMPLOYER

Once the employer obtains the work authorisations for the foreign worker, employer compliance with the foreign worker program becomes the next consideration. The employer needs to make sure that it is offering the exact same position to the foreign worker that the employer represented to program officials. The employer sometimes even needs to conduct further activities to transition to a Canadian workforce.

More and more, authorities will conduct compliance audits and investigations. Considerable penalties can be imposed if authorities find the employer non-compliant.