Sometimes the laws for U.S. citizens crossing into Canada can be more complicated than people think or anticipate. Anything you say at the border to the customs officer can have serious consequences. What also makes things difficult is that the rules and regulations are always changing. Even people who frequently cross may get caught out and not realize they are or have at some point in time, broken some of the rules.
While companies are not restricted from hiring talented employees outside of Canada, it is important for employees and employers to understand immigration laws as they relate to foreign workers accepting work assignments in Canada. After the hiring process is complete and the temporary worker’s application for a work permit is approved, employers have responsibilities and conditions that they must meet.
Professionals need to understand what is required of them and their employer before they arrive in Canada. This process takes time, and getting a valid work permit relies on having the right documentation in place in advance. To help you navigate the process, it is always best to consult with a licensed immigration lawyer when preparing to come to Canada for work.
There are many reasons foreign professionals need to enter Canada for work. However, it’s important to remember that crossing the border as a worker is different than crossing as a visitor. There are different requirements for entrance and you’ll be expected to provide different documentation to the border agent than if you were traveling to Canada on holidays or for a visit.