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Canada welcomes thousands of skilled workers every year in all types of occupations. There are many access points for skilled workers, who wish to come to Canada and stay permanently. It is possible to apply direct from overseas if you have the skills that are in demand; or alternatively you may arrive as a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) or as a Student that gains his/her work experience after graduation.
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Quebec is very unique when it comes to immigration in that it has certain exemptions and allowances that other provinces do not have when it comes to selecting the people that they wish to have settle in their province. It is with this in mind that the Quebec Skilled worker program was born as an alternative to the Federal Skilled worker. The program seeks to bring in workers with skills that are needed in the province, who will settle in and fill much needed skill shortages.
To apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program the authorities will look at a number of different aspects, both for the principle applicant and the spouse. Some of these factors are:
- Your schooling (both your education level and the type of training that you have received);
- Your knowledge of French and English;
- Your age and work experience;
- The time that you have spent in the province and any family relationships you have with a citizen of Canada or a Quebec resident;
- If you have a valid Job offer;
- This applies only if you have received a job offer from a Quebec Employer that meets certain specifications
- The characteristics of an accompanying spouse or common-law partner if applicable.
- Must include the number of children under the age of 10 who will be accompanying you to Quebec.
On top of these requirements, there will need to be financial means shown and also the ability to live and adapt in the province. Once everything has been approved at the Quebec level the Federal government will initiate some processes to check security and medical requirements under Federal mandate.
Qualifying under this program will make you a Permanent Resident (PR) of Canada. As this is a Quebec based program and you need to show reasonable intention to settle in Quebec. As a permanent resident you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally this will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and P.R.’s. After you satisfy the residency requirements as a PR you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.
This program is relatively new in relation to other Canadian Immigration Programs. It is based on the well-reasoned premise that if you are already in school or working in Canada, you are going to be able to settle easily and successfully into Canadian Society. The program seeks to provide a pathway for people who are already working in Canada as a Temporary Worker or a Student, to offer them the option of making Canada a long-term permanent home. This program has seen a lot of success in recent years and is a great option for people who are already in Canada to become a New Canadian.
To be eligible under this program, you will need to be either a Temporary worker, who has a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience (or equal amount in part-time) 3 years before you can apply; or a student, who has graduated from a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution and has worked for at least 1 year full-time in Canada.
You will also need to have gained your experience on proper work or study permits in Canada and under the allotted time limit to qualify under this program. Additionally, you must be sure to apply within one (1) year of finishing your job in Canada.
All applicants under this program will need to have worked in a Managerial; Skilled; or a Technical job and will be required to meet all of the requisite language benchmarks under this program in English or French.
It is important to point out that in addition to the requirements listed above; this program is only for people who are planning to live anywhere in Canada except Quebec. Quebec has its own version of this program called the Quebec Experience Class.
Qualifying under this program will make you a Permanent Resident (PR) of Canada. As a permanent resident, you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally, this will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and P.R.’s. After you satisfy the requirements as a PR, you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Quebec is very unique when it comes to immigration in that it has certain exemptions and allowances that other provinces do not have when it comes to selecting the people that they wish to have settle in their province.
It is with this in mind the that Quebec Experience Class program was born as an alternative to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program; especially since it is not possible to apply under the CEC program should you wish to immigrate to Quebec.
The program seeks to retain workers in the province who have already been working and are settled in the province while at the same time it aims to also retain students who have studied in the province and gained the much needed educational training that will allow them to integrate successfully into the workforce.
To apply under the Quebec Experience Class Program, the authorities will look at a number of different aspects for both students and workers, which are as follows:
Quebec Graduate/Future Graduate:
- Be at least 18 years old and intend to settle in Québec to hold a job;
- Have conformed to the conditions on your stay as a foreign student;
- Hold an eligible Quebec Diploma or expect to complete your study program within six months of the date on which you submit your application;
- Have an intermediate level of oral French;
- Able to provide for your needs and, where applicable, those of your spouse and dependent children included in your application.
Quebec Temporary Worker:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be present in Québec as a temporary worker or in the framework of a youth exchange program and hold legal status as a temporary resident;
- Hold an eligible job and have held one or more jobs of the same nature for at least 12 of the past 24 months;
- Have conformed to the conditions of applicable stays as temporary worker;
- Have an intermediate level knowledge of oral French;
- Able to provide for your needs and, where applicable, those of your spouse and dependent children included in your application.
Once everything has been approved at the Quebec level, the Federal government will initiate some processes to check security and medical requirements under the Federal mandate.
Qualifying under this program will make you a Permanent Resident (PR) of Canada. As this is a Quebec based program where you need to show reasonable intention to settle in Quebec. As a permanent resident, you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally, this will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and P.R.’s. After you satisfy the requirements as a PR, you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship
Although the federal government is in charge of Immigration for Canada (with certain exceptions in relation to Quebec) the government allows the provinces the ability to “nominate” people they wish to come to settle in their province. These programs are called PNP or “Provincial Nominee Programs”.
There are different streams in these programs with most provinces having a Skilled Worker stream where they allow workers to apply to immigrate to Canada for occupations that have labor shortages or are in demand. These programs are open to people who are working in different jobs already in the province or for people who are going to immigrate to the province.
Although going through the PNP route adds an extra step in terms of the government application, it can have better success rates for certain categories of immigration.
These programs are constantly changing and are different for each province. As such, we have chosen not to list the requirements here as they are very specific and the information is quite dynamic, in that it changes regularly.
Being part of the PNP program is an excellent pathway to Canada and allows for people who would in some circumstances not qualify for Permanent Residency to apply and be successful with their application. In becoming a permanent resident you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally this will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and P.R.’s. Additionally, after you satisfy the residency requirements as a PR (stay in Canada for 3 out of 4 years) you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship
Each year Canada welcomes to its shores many people who are granted the opportunity to work as temporary workers where they will fill much needed job vacancies. These positions vary greatly across skill levels and cover a wide range of professions.
It is noteworthy that the population is aging and these vacancies will become more acute in the coming years. The Canadian government is looking to retain talent that is already working here in Canada; whereas, in other areas of the world, people work for many years only to find that they must ultimately leave what is in effect their home.
Coming to Canada on a Work Permit can be the first step to staying permanently by qualifying under the Canadian Experience Class Program, which is a path to Permanent Residency.
To work in Canada, there is a 2-step process in most cases. The first step generally is for an employer to get a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). This is basically a ruling from the government that gives your employer permission to hire a foreign worker. In some cases, an LMIA will not be required and certain exemptions can be made, but this is generally not the rule.
After a positive LMIA is obtained and the employer has been approved, the worker will need to apply for a Work Permit which will then give them the right to come to Canada to work legally. This will then be the final stage in the process and this stage is quite straightforward, but for some nationalities or job categories, it can be processed quicker than others.
A note about Spouses and Family:
If your spouse/common-law partner and or your dependent children wish to work or study in Canada while you are working here this may be possible but it depends on the skill level of job you are engaged in.
If your spouse wants to work in Canada they must apply for their own Work Permit; they must meet the same requirements as you do; this includes getting an LMIA if needed. However your spouse or common-law partner can apply for an Open Work Permit if you are:
• Approved to work in Canada for six months or longer; and
• Doing a job at a high skill level
You do not have to submit any documents from an employer if you are applying for an Open Work permit
The Work Permit allows you to work in Canada and gain valuable Canadian experience that will build your skills and open up pathways to Permanent Residence should you wish to settle in Canada permanently. Ultimately, this may be the first step to being able to qualify for Permanent Residence under the very popular Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program.
As there are a record number of students who are choosing to study in Canada, many wish to be able to take that new diploma/degree and use it in the Canadian Work force. As the Canadian government is looking to retain talent that has already been trained locally, there is a Post Graduate work permit available which is a first step to the Canadian Experience Class path to Permanent Residency. The Permit itself can be offered up to the length of the program but with a maximum duration of three (3) years.
The following are the requirements for the Post Graduation Work Permit:
- Must be currently holding a valid study permit;
- Must have graduated from an approved educational institution where you have studied full-time for at least 8 months prior to the application;
- You must apply for the work permit within 90 days of receiving (written) confirmation that you have met the requirements and are qualified to graduate the program.
It is important to note that you will not be eligible as per the Canadian Government regulations if you:
- Study in a program that is less than eight months long;
- Participate in a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT);
- Participate in a Government of Canada Awards Program funded by DFAIT;
- Receive funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
- Participate in the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile;
- Participate in the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program;
- Participate in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program;
- Participate in a distance learning program from abroad or from within Canada; or
- Have previously been issued a Post-Graduation Work Permit following any other program of study.
This visa allows you to work in Canada and gain valuable Canadian experience that will build on what you have studied in school. Ultimately this is the first step to being able to qualify for Permanent Residence under the very popular Canadian Experience Class (CEC) designation and as such qualifying for all of the rights and benefits this entails.
As Canada sees the need to ensure that families are together, this visa has been created to allow spouses/partners of people working/studying in Canada to have their spouse or partner with them in Canada and gives them the ability to work.
This is an Open Work Permit and is generally granted for up to 2 years to the spouse where the holder of the permit can work for any employer or in any profession (unless it is regulated) without having to go through the process of getting approvals for a particular job.
This is an excellent opportunity for the person who is accompanying their spouse or partner in Canada to gain valuable Canadian work experience which could qualify them for Permanent Residency, while helping with the household finances. Most importantly this allows families to stay together.
The requirements for the Spousal Work Permit are quite straightforward and similar for people who are working or studying here in Canada.
If the Applicant wishes to accompany someone who is studying in Canada:
- Their spouse/partner must be on a valid study permit;
- Be enrolled and attending school as a full-time student;
- Be studying at an eligible Post-Secondary Institution;
- Be medically admissible and have a clean criminal record.
If the Applicant wishes to accompany someone who is working in Canada:
- Their spouse/partner must be on a valid work permit;
- Their spouse/partner must be working in a high level skilled job as per Canadian Government Regulations;
- Their spouse/partner must have a valid work permit of at least 6 months;
** Please note that this program is also available to holders of Post Graduate Student Work Permits but there are additional requirements.
This visa allows you to work in Canada and gain valuable Canadian work experience while working to support the person who is either working or studying. The biggest advantage to this is that the person who has this Work Permit can work anywhere and do any type of job without the cumbersome approval processes that are needed for a work specific employment visa. Additionally, it is possible that this may qualify and aid the person that is obtaining Permanent Residency should they wish to settle in Canada at a later date.
This program has been around for a number of years, but was discontinued on November 30th 2014 and replaced with the In Home Caregiver Program. Please see the New Program should you wish to come to Canada as a Caregiver or Nanny.
The program has been popular as it provides a direct pathway to Permanent Residency after the caregiver has met the work requirements under the program, while at the same time there is a great demand for caregiver services now and in the future. This allows the applicant and his/her family access to Canada permanently after completing the program requirements while providing an avenue for Citizenship. People who work under this program are competent to provide care for the elderly, children, and people with disabilities.
To be eligible under this program, the prospective caregiver must already have been offered a job from an employer that has a positive LMIA, (granted prior to November 30th 2014) which is basically the approval from the government allowing the employer to hire them as a caregiver from overseas. In addition to having a good command of either English or French, the caregiver must also have at least 6 months of training or a minimum of one (1) year full-time paid work experience as a caregiver, or in a related field or occupation within the past 3 years.
After you complete the required working term as outlined under this program, you can apply for your Permanent Residency (PR). . As a permanent resident, you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally, this will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and P.R.’s. After you satisfy the requirements as a PR, you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Please note should you wish to get some more information about applying for your Permanent Residency, under the Live-In Caregiver Program please click here.
The Canadian government seeks to develop immigration programs that will address both the economic needs of the country and reduce stress on industries that are in need of workers. One such industry is for Skilled Trades People, and it is with this purpose that the government has identified workers from different trades categories to work in Canada.
The trades that qualify are as follows:
If you are part of one of these trades then you certainly have an excellent opportunity to not only immigrate to Canada permanently with your family, but also find an excellent job as well.
The requirements for the program are as follows:
- Plan to live outside the province of Quebec;
- Meet the required English or French levels as determined through a recognized test;
- Have at least two (2) years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the five (5) years before you apply;
- Meet all job requirements as set out in the National Occupational Classification; &
- Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year OR a Certificate of Qualification in that skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body.
In addition to the above, the person and all sponsored individuals must be able to pass all applicable medical and security checks to be eligible for the program while proving that he/she has enough initial settlement funds to support themselves and any individuals that they are wishing to sponsor.
If you are a skilled trades person this is an excellent program and not only will it allow you to work in Canada but it will give you your Permanent Residence (PR) and all of the rights and privileges that are attached with it. In becoming a PR you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. This will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and PR’s. Additionally, after you satisfy the residency requirements as a PR you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.
This program has been one of the more popular Immigration Programs to date and has been known as one of the quickest, cheapest, and easiest routes to settle into Canada. The program has undergone many revisions and restrictions, over the years and is now part of the Express Entry system. This program has been popular and will continue in popularity with good reason, while being the main route for someone to come into the country as a skilled worker.
It is important to satisfy all of the requirements under the program and noteworthy that they can be changed/updated somewhat frequently with new streams being introduced or old streams being taken away.
Currently, to be eligible you must have skilled work experience and your work experience must be:
• at least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time,
• paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count),
• in the same job,
• within the last 10 years, and
• at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).
If you meet all the conditions set out in the minimum requirements, your application will be assessed based on the selection factors in the federal skilled worker point’s grid. The selection factors are:
• your skills in English and/or French (Canada’s two official languages),
• your education,
• your work experience,
• your age,
• whether you have a valid job offer, and
• your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here).
Qualifying under this program will make you a Permanent Resident (PR). As a Permanent Resident, you can do anything that a Canadian Citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally, this will entitle you to all of the other benefits extended to all Canadians and PR’s. Lastly, after you satisfy the residency requirements as a PR, you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.