Canada Work Permits

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits: 

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Canada. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Canadian work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The Canadian work permit, issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 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.

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in : 

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Canadian Work Visa 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 visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Canada.

Work Permit Processing Time: 

4 – 6 weeks

Can Work Permit be Processed in Country?: 

Cannot be processed in-country (host country).

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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.

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