The Canadian Government considers a variety of factors when evaluating your application to come to Canada, either as a permanent resident or as a foreign worker. Despite your best efforts, your application may be denied. When this happens, there are some next steps you can take to challenge the decision and try to achieve a positive decision.
As a professional worker looking to enter Canada, it is important to understand how criminal convictions that have been acquired in other countries will affect you. Citizenship and Immigration Canada looks at each applicant’s criminal record to assess the risk of whether that individual is likely to be involved in criminal activity after they enter Canada.
As an individual who wants to immigrate to Canada, understanding our immigration laws can be challenging. It can be tricky to find the right information if you do not know where to look. There is complex legal language that is difficult to understand if you are not familiar with it. And, frustratingly, immigration law tends to change frequently.
As a potential applicant for Express Entry, submitting an application means entering into an online pool of potential candidates with other applicants. Individuals in the pool are ordered by a Comprehensive Ranking System which assigns points to each applicant based on a number of different criteria according to the relevant program stream. Those with the most points have the highest scores and are among the top of those ranked in the pool.
Regardless of a company’s industry, in the global economy, it is increasingly common for American companies to send their employees to perform temporary work in Canada. It is important for American organizations to know what is required of them, and their workers, before they send professionals across the Canadian border for work, even for short durations.
Though bringing in foreign workers, particularly those with a high skill level and who are only seeking to enter for a short amount of time, has become easier lately, the rules can be modified at any time. You might be eligible for an exemption which would allow you to enter Canada without going through the normal work permit process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment
Bringing a foreign worker into Canada is no small task. It needs to be done properly, well in advance of the professional’s expected start date, and in compliance with all regulations and laws surrounding working in Canada.
Too often, we see companies attempt to navigate this important, and complex, process on their own. They have Human Resource departments file the paperwork, or think that it will be easy since they have hired a foreign worker in the past.
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.