How to Work in Canada as a Skilled Worker

Temporary work visas are available for Mexican and American citizens under the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Under NAFTA, an LMO (labour market opinion) is not needed for citizens of these two countries. Canada work visa

How Mexicans and Americans can work in Canada

To work in Canada as a Mexican or American citizen, you must have a job offer from a Canadian employer that is on the NAFTA list of acceptable professional job occupations.

You must also be able to prove that you are qualified for the job you’ve been offered with information about your work experience and education. In addition, you will have to prove to Canadian immigration officials that you will not overstay your visa and have sufficient ties to your home country that would motivate you to return (like family or a home).

How other foreign nationals can work in Canada

If you are not a Mexican or American citizen, you can still work in Canada under the foreign skilled worker program. To do so, there is a two step process:

1. Your employer must obtain a positive LMO on your behalf. An LMO is a labour market opinion, which is a type of approval from the government that proves the company could not find any Canadians who were willing or able to do the job they have an opening for. When your employer obtains a positive LMO, you will need it for your application to work in Canada.

2. You must make an application to immigrate to Canada under as a skilled worker.

Depending on your job classification and language proficiency, you may be able to become a permanent resident in Canada after working in Canada for two years as a temporary worker under the Canadian Experience Class.

We have handled many skilled worker applications. Are you someone who wants to immigrate to and work in Canada? Or an employer who needs to obtain a positive LMO to bring workers to Canada? Contact us using the form on the right and we will be happy to help you.

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