Employers who would like to offer a permanent job to a foreign worker wanting to immigrate to Canada can facilitate this with an offer of arranged employment under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. CIC places priority on new Federal Skilled Worker applications with a qualifying job offer.
- Processing times: Most cases are finalized within 11 months.
- Employers need to:
- Provide a qualifying job offer.
- If recruiting from overseas, obtain a positive labour market opinion (LMO) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
- Most foreign workers can be recruited as Temporary Foreign Workers while their application for permanent residence is being processed.
- There is no requirement for the employer to first offer the position to a Canadian or a permanent resident.
- be permanent, non-seasonal and full time;
- be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list; and
- have wages and working conditions comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation.
If recruiting from overseas
Employers must submit an application to ESDC for an LMO. The employment must be permanent, non-seasonal and full time, and wages and working conditions offered for the job must be comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation. ESDC must assess the the LMO application. If a positive LMO is issued, the employer would then provide this, along with a job offer letter, to the foreign worker to include in his immigration application.
If recruiting someone already working in Canada
With some exceptions (e.g., when the job offer is issued by a different employer than on the applicant's existing work permit), most people who are already in Canada can submit their Federal Skilled Worker application (with a qualifying job offer) directly to CIC for consideration. In such cases, a separate application does not need to be made to ESDC for a Labour Market Opinion.
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