Individuals who are neither Canadian Permanent Residents, nor Canadian Citizens, and who desire to temporarily reside in Canada for employment purposes will likely have to apply for a Work Visa.
Every year over 130,000 foreign workers come to Canada to work. A Work Visa has not issued for a person who wants to come to Canada to look for work. It is only issued once an offer of employment has been made. Many of these workers fill skill shortage in many Canadian companies, while others work as live-in caregivers.
It should be noted that a Work Visa is not an employment contract. It is strictly for the purposes of allowing a foreign national to work in Canada to fill a labor shortage and to support economic growth in Canada.
There are divergent or provisions by which a foreign worker can seek a Work Visa in Canada. However, these usually fall within one of several general classifications
that can be used to better understand the procedures. These are:
Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
What is LMIA?
The Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) establishes a need to hire a foreign employee because there are no Canadian workers available to perform the duties required by the job.
The LMIA can apply to an individual worker or job position, as well as to multiple workers for a given occupation.