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.
Moving to a new country for work is simultaneously exciting and intimidating. There are a lot of things that you need to do before you start working in Canada, and ensuring your family has the necessary visas or work permits is essential.
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.
Crossing into Canada for work is different than crossing for tourism. While many people take it for granted that they can work internationally, the truth is that foreign workers have responsibilities when entering Canada to work, regardless of how long they intend to be in the country.
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.
Whatever the reason, there are times when the Canadian domestic labour market simply does not have the specific skills or experience you need. As the economy grows, the demand for these skilled workers exceeds the supply. That raises the question: Is there a “right time” to bring workers to Canada?
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.