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If you are planning to work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker, you typically need an employer who is willing to hire you.  That employer must also be willing to apply to the government to show that it is difficult (or impossible) to find a Canadian who is able to do the job you wish to…

The Government of Canada just announced that there is an immediate moratorium on foreign worker applications in the fast food sector for all provinces. Why did this happen? There will be a full review of the program after several media stories of a few employers who allegedly abused the program by hiring foreign workers when…

In the last few years, there’s been a shift in the immigration system towards favoring those individuals with either work experience or a job offer when granting permanent residence. In this post, I’ll discuss how a job offer in Canada can offer you a few routes to obtaining permanent residence. Any kind of job offer…

Recently, an individual contacted me who was quite upset.  She and her husband and her nineteen year old son are in Alberta.  They are from a foreign country and the husband is working in Alberta on a work permit as a construction worker. They had heard that spouses and dependent children were entitled to open…

As I’ve mentioned in the past, if you want to immigrate to Canada and you qualify, you should begin the process immediately, as rules seem to change often these days, and it seems increasingly more difficult to qualify. Following the public outcry after the Royal Bank hired foreign workers from India to replace Canadians.  Some…

I’ve received a lot of questions about bridging open work permits so I thought I’d take the opportunity  to address them here. As I’ve written in this blog previously, Canada is moving towards having Canadian work experience prior to applying for permanent residence. This is all fine and good, however, in the past, individuals working…

In this post, I’ll discuss Citizenship and Immigration Canada rules on how long you can work in Canada as a temporary worker. Four year limit In general, a worker is limited to four years of cumulative work in Canada under a temporary work permit. This regulation was introduced in 2011, so any workers admitted in…

There are big changes coming to the immigration system that will offer Canada as destination to individuals who until now have not had the oportunity to immigrate to Canada. New Trades Stream The Minister responsible for immigration announced that he intends to introduce a new trades stream in the next few months. As many of…

In this post I’m going to discuss international experience Canada visas (also known as “working holiday visas”) and why you should consider them in your plans to move to Canada, either temporarily or permanently. What are International Experience Canada Visas? International Experience Canada Visas are unique in our immigration. They are designed to allow young…

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced a waiver of application fees for temporary resident permits. Just to put things in context, a temporary resident permit is required for individuals who are not admissible to Canada due to a criminal charge or conviction if they wish to enter Canada for a temporary period. Note that criminal…