Work Permits / LMIA / BC SKILLED AND SEMI-SKILLED PNP
For anyone who wishes to immigrate to Canada and seek employment, whether temporarily or permanently, a work permit is required. The Canadian economy is healthy and strong, and while the work force is growing, many more qualified workers are needed. However, without a work permit, sometimes known as a working visa, you will not be allowed to work in Canada.
Canada is expecting tens of thousands more job vacancies over the next few years and there simply aren’t enough people here to fill them. Canada needs more people to choose this country as a destination to live and work. Even with this great need for newcomers, you must remember that there are no shortcuts to immigrating to Canada. Whether your plans are short term or long term, you must obtain a Work Permit if you wish to work in Canada. The application process can be complex and confusing, but Mansouri Firm is here to assist you.
The immigration experts at Mansouri Firm have assisted many people with their Canadian Work Permit applications and we can help you too. Applications are detailed, and they must be completed completely and precisely. Enlisting the services of our team will grant you the peace of mind of knowing that your application has received thorough attention, and it has the best chance for a successful result. While there is a great need for foreign nationals to come to Canada to help fill open jobs, there are still eligibility requirements that need to be met. We can help you ensure that these requirements are understood, and we will help you determine whether or not there is a program for you.
Obtaining a work permit is required for any foreign national seeking work in Canada, but beyond this, it may also be a valuable item to obtain for person with a goal of applying for permanent residency in the future. Many permanent residence application streams require work experience, and Canadian work experience in particular is highly valued. Ask us about how this could work for you toward a permanent residence application in the future.
Due to specific needs in Canada’s labor market, in-demand industries are often involved in specialized immigration programs spearheaded by the federal and provincial governments. These can be short term initiatives or long term programs, and our team aims to be up to date with this constantly changing landscape. There are Work Permits available to foreign nationals with varying educational and work experience backgrounds that range from entry level jobs up to professional occupations. We can tell you all about the requirements to obtain a work permit and the many different programs available for skilled and unskilled workers, students, working holidays, and more. There are many opportunities available to consider, and Mansouri Firm is here to help you pinpoint the right one for you.
BC Skilled AND SEMI-SKILLED PNP
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) grant Canadian provinces and territories the ability to nominate eligible individuals to become Permanent Residents of Canada. The British Columbia Skilled and Semi-Skilled PNP immigration programs were designed as a potential pathway for workers and international graduates who possess the skills, education and/or experience needed by employers in B.C. Generally speaking, the PNP programs exist with a goal of attracting individuals who are committed to live and work in a specific province, and ultimately become permanent residents of Canada. As Mansouri Firm’s offices are located in beautiful British Columbia, we have a lot of experience with the BC PNP in particular.
Canada’s PNPs are growing in importance, and the number of invitations to apply for permanent residence that stem from the PNPs is increasing exponentially. The provincial programs started in 1996, with just over 200 people arriving in Canada as a result of this initiative. In 2019, the PNPs are expected to combine to welcome more than 60,000 new Canadians, with the number continuing to rise each year. British Columbia’s allotment of applicants through its PNP program is typically among the highest of any province; but this does not guarantee that your application will be successful! Let the experts at Mansouri Firm help you prepare and submit your application.
PNPs can be excellent options, but the application process can be complex. There are many steps to take, multiple streams to understand, and specific program requirements that must be met throughout the process including at the registration, application, and nomination stages. Let us help you! Our team will make sure that we understand your situation, and we can then make sure that you understand the options available to you, and the process involved.
British Columbia is one of the most attractive and popular destination provinces in Canada, so there is incredible interest in the BC PNP. There are also yearly limits on the number of nominations extended in each province, and British Columbia is no exception. This combination of factors means that the competition over nominations for the BC PNP is particularly high. However, if you are an eligible candidate for this program, you would not want to delay or diminish your chances of coming to Canada’s westernmost province because of things like errors in your application forms or missed deadlines. Mansouri Firm has the experience with the BC PNP to ensure that these will not be issues in YOUR case.
To be eligible for the BC PNP, you must:
- have accepted a full-time, permanent job in B.C. employer
- have been working full-time for your employer for at least nine consecutive months (with proper authorization) before applying
- meet minimum language and education requirements
- meet the qualifications of your job
- prove that you can support yourself, as well as any dependents should you be travelling with your family
- have legal immigration status in Canada
The BC PNP is connected to the federal Express Entry system, just like most other province’s PNPs. This opens things up for faster processing of applications for eligible skilled workers. To be eligible, you must meet the requirements listed above, and you need to be accepted into the IRCC Express Entry system.
An offer of employment or a degree completed in British Columbia are baseline requirements for applying to the British Columbia Nominee Program, but there are many additional requirements too. We can answer your questions, and if this program could be an option for you, our team will help you navigate the application process. You may have questions like:
- Will my employment history will meet the qualifications?
- Does the educational program I completed qualify under the graduate stream?
- Is this program suitable for my family?
You may have any number of questions. Mansouri Firm are the experts and we can answer all of these for you, and more.
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an important process to understand if you are an employer planning to hire workers from outside Canada. In most cases (though there are exceptions), a Canadian employer will need to demonstrate that hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) or a Foreign Skilled Worker (FSW) will not negatively impact a qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident’s chances of obtaining the position in question. How does this work? Mansouri Frim can work with you to make sense of the whole process.
You as the employer initiate the LMIA. The assessment process begins once you decide to offer a position to the TFW or a FSW. You will submit an application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. If it is determined by ESDC/Service Canada that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to fill your job, you will receive a “positive opinion” (the LMIA was formally known as an LMO – Labour market Opinion). From here though, there is much more work to do. You, as the employer, will need to follow a number of conditions imposed by ESDC/Service Canada, and the TFW or FSW will still need to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for their work permit, a process which is related to, but separate from the LMIA. Without the positive LMIA, the next steps will not proceed.
ESDC will want to know about your recruitment process, and they have some rules regarding recruitment that must be complied with. You will need to demonstrate that the job offer is genuine and that the applicant is actually qualified. Similarly, TFWs and FSWs should be prepared to show IRCC that they are qualified for the position being offered.
Just as the immigration pathways for temporary work permits and permanent residence through Express Entry differ, so too do the requirements and evidence sought to support the respective LMIA applications. You, as an employer, may not even be sure if or when an LMIA is required. Canada’s immigration system is demanding and complex, but our team of immigration experts understand what needs to be done. We can assist you with the precise and timely assistance you need to work through the LMIA process, and you can focus on your business. Mansouri Firm can assist you in obtaining the authorization needed to hire the employee that fits the position you need to fill when that employee is not a Canadian citizen of permanent resident.
Why Work with Us?
The experts at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) are here for you. We are dedicated and attentive. Our aim is to help you understand your options, and to guide you along the complex application process ahead. Every case is unique, so we make sure that we understand your personal situation. We have experience with a great number of immigration programs for Canada, and we will do our best to find the right pathway for you.
The details of your application are critical. The timelines involved in this process are also very important. The assistance of the experienced immigration professionals at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) will give you the peace of mind on two fronts: First, we will ensure that you understand the best immigration program options available to you. Second, you can feel certain that your application has been completed accurately, and meets every deadline. The consequences of even minor errors and/or inattention to detail can lead to results ranging from delays to having your application rejected permanently, so let Mansouri Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) assist you toward achieving your specific immigration goals.