Canada is arguably known to be one of the best economies in the world as well as it is the most sought-after destination for immigration. The country offers the best standard of life, education and employment standards.
As Canada celebrated it’s 153rd birthday, aka Canada Day, on July 1st, Dream Destination Canada team has compiled below some facts that one should know before planning to move to Canada as a Permanent Resident or a business Immigrant.
Business immigration to Canada
Most of the times, immigrants who are not the citizens of Canada or permanent residents, need a work permit to engage in work-related activities in Canada. Canadian companies willing to hire foreign nationals and multinational companies wanting to transfer foreign nationals to their Canadian operations must follow with the federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada.
The exact method of acquiring a work permit is a bi-step process. Initially, the respective employer applies in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). Secondly, the employee applies in Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a work permit that is based on the LMO.
As an outcome of international agreements, legislation and government policies, some occupations and activities do not need LMOs and/or work permits. Where an exemption is available, the time required to obtain a work permit can be significantly shortened, or the need for a work permit may be eliminated. Three common exemptions are identified below.
- Business visitor: A business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to get involved in international business activities without directly entering the Canadian labour market. A business visitor is not required to acquire an LMO or a work permit. Permissible activities include attending meetings or conferences, making sales calls, and receiving or giving training within a Canadian affiliate of the foreign national’s employer outside Canada.
- Intra-company transferees: Executives, senior managers and workers with specialized knowledge may be eligible to obtain a work permit as intra-company transferees from business operations outside Canada. No LMO is required. This exemption is useful for multinational companies that need oversight of Canadian operations or as a medium to allow foreign talent to contribute to building business operations in Canada.
- NAFTA: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) enables temporary entry into Canada for American and Mexican citizens involved in the trade of goods or services or investment activities. NAFTA rendersexclusions for business visitors, intra-company transferees, professionals, traders and investors. In the case of business visitors, a work permit is not required. In this case, no LMO is needed.
The process for Canadian Permanent Residency is different from the one that is required to work temporarily. However, employment in Canada may assist in obtaining permanent residency in specific economic immigrant categories. Each economic immigrant category has a unique benchmark and application process. Four common types are identified below:
- The first group consists of self-employed applicants. To qualify for the same, the candidate must be willing as well as able to establish a business that will make a significant contribution to specified economic activities. The individual is also entitled to an assessment based on education, experience, age, ability in English and/or French and adaptability.
- Entrepreneurs comprise the second category. The entrepreneurial must have the ability to establish or purchase a business that will significantly contribute to the economy. The business should also employ one or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents, other than the immigrant and his or her dependents. Finally, the applicant ought to be able to actively participate in the management of the business on an on-going basis.
- The last category comprises of skilled worker and Canadian Experience Class worker. A skilled worker is someone who can become economically established in Canada and has the skills and experience in a designated profession to meet the qualifying criteria. A skilled worker must have an offer of employment in Canada. The federal skilled worker program caps the number of applications it revives each LLP year. The Canadian Experience Class is reserved for workers who have at least one year of work experience in Canada and have the skills and expertise in a designated profession.
For a better understanding in this matter, kindly visit the DDC website, and get enlightened under the guidance of our RCIC, Mr. Paul Abraham as well as our business immigration consultant Mr. Collin knoll.