THE STEPS INVOLVED IN OBTAINING A CANADIAN WORK PERMIT ARE GENERALLY AS FOLLOWS:
The Advantages of a Canadian Work Permit:
The main advantage of a Canadian Work Permit is that it gets you here fast and in some cases, you can bring your spouse (and dependent children) and they may be eligible for an open work permit so they can seek employment in any occupation they wish.
The Downside of a Canadian Work Permit:
The downside to a Canadian Work Permit is that it is typically offered for a specific position and if you wish to change your title or employer, a new work permit will need to be applied for, and it will need to be approved. One other important thing to note about a Canadian Work Permit is that by definition, it is temporary, and will have an end date attached to it.
General Overview of the Types of Work Permits Available:
It is important to note that the majority of Canadian Work Permits require what is called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). A LMIA is a petition from the Canadian employer (or prepared on their behalf by a legal representative) to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada to bring a foreign worker to Canada. Ultimately, it is up to HRSDC/Service Canada to determine if bringing in a foreign worker would have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian Labour Market.
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