Canada Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in Canada. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Canada work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The Canadian work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Canada is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 

Canada Work Permits

What is a Canadian Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in Canada “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in Canada a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in Canada with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Canada Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Canada work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Canada infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Canadian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Canadian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Canada. It depends on your specific Canada visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Canada.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with Canada Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the Canadian tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in Canada are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in Canada

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in Canada and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to Canada. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about Canadian visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about

Question and Answers about Work Permits in Canada;

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Canada?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to get a Canada Work Permit?
A: Between 4-6 weeks, unless the candidate is a US or Mexican passport holder and in that case it’s 2-3 days for the US national and 7 days for Mexican nationals.

Q: What is the visa process?
A: For non-Mexican and US nationals; The company sponsoring the candidate on the Canadian Work Permit needs to run an Resident Labor Market Test for 10 days, once completed the application for the candidate can be lodged locally and on approval is sent to the candidate in their home country. The candidate then enters Canada and their permit is ratified on entry.
For Mexican and US nationals the visa is a TN and the sponsoring organization needs a job description, CV, passport copy and education certificates. Once collated the sponsor assigns the candidate to a TN Category and the candidate can have the visa ratified at the port of entry.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?
A: Copies of; personal page of the candidates passport, education certificates, 2 passport photos, police certificate (country dependent), completed application form, CV.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Between $4,500 - $6,000 CAD. TN visas cost up to $1,000 USD (depending on whether an attorney is used).

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Canada
A: No

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Canada

Q: Can you organise business visas for Canada?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: Country dependent 5-7 days

Q: How much does a business visa in Canada cost?
A: $450 USD. Although citizens of a large number of coutries don’t require Business Visas, they can receive a visa on entry.

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Canada without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: Yes as above.