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…

What kind of activities can I do without a work permit? I get quite a few questions from people who are coming to Canada (or who are already in Canada) and wish to perform some kind of activity while they are here. I’m asked whether they can volunteer for a commercial enterprise, a charitable agency,…

Work Visas / Permits I blog a lot about the details of the different immigration categories. ¬†This time, I’m going to take a higher level view on how an individual can obtain a work permit for Canada. I’ll address business visitors and other workers in another post. In most circumstances, obtaining a work permit usually…

I am often asked about open work permit for Canada and how a person can go about getting one. Generally, there are three main situations where an open work permit can be granted. First, an open work permit may be granted to a spouse of a worker who has been granted a work permit under…

Generally, an individual must have a Canadian employer with a positive HRSDC opinion before applying for a work permit. In essence, this step confirms that it is difficult or impossible to find a Canadian to fill the position for the employer. However, there are many individuals who are not required to apply for a work…

If you wish to immigrate to Canada and apply for permanent residence and your occupation does not fall within the current restricted list of qualifying occupations, you’ll need work experience in Canada first before applying for permanent residence. In order to get work experience, you’ll need a work permit. For most people, the big hurdle…

As many of you know, Canada has a “Canadians first” policy for the labour market. This means that if a Canadian can be hired for the job, a work permit for a foreign worker will not generally be issued. However, it is recognized that certain occupations are in demand througout the country, and employers and…