Canadian Immigration and foreign worker programs

Canadian Immigration and foreign worker programs

Foreign worker programs are for those who wish to hire workers on a temporary or permanent basis, and individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada, may be eligible for one or more of the following immigration and/or foreign worker programs.

Workers hired on a temporary basis can apply for permanent residency once they are in Canada, and foreigners awaiting a decision on a permanent residency application (including under provincial nominee programs) may apply for a temporary work permit while their application is being processed.
 
Temporary, Skilled Workers

Skilled workers, including tradespeople . Generally 2-3 year duration

Temporary, General Labour

General labour, including construction
Maximum 24 month duration

High Demand Occupations in Information Technology

There is an expedited process for
Senior animation effects editors, embedded systems software designers, MIS software designers, multimedia software developers, software developers – services, software products developers, and telecommunications software designers

Regional Occupations under Pressure

There is an expedited process for it.
Occupations under pressure, varying per region
Temporary work opportunities

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

Seasonal agriculture work during peak harvesting and planting periods
Available in certain regions

Other Foreign Worker Programs

Please contact our Canadian office for more information about special criteria for hiring foreign academics, workers in film and entertainment and live-in caregivers.

Permanent Residency Applications – Federal Program

Skilled workers in all industries
Point system assessing whether a job offer has been made, among other factors
Permanent work opportunities

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: (Permanent Residency Applications)

There is an expedited process
Skilled workers
Immigrants with demonstrated intention to remain in Manitoba
Permanent work opportunities

Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (Permanent Residency Applications)

There is an expedited process
Skilled workers in occupations deemed critical to the Alberta economy
Permanent work opportunities

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program : (Permanent Residency Applications)

There is an expedited process
Skilled workers, public sector health professionals and international graduates
Permanent work opportunities
Please contact our Canadian office for more information regarding eligibility and program requirements for business immigration under the BC PNP.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program: (Permanent Residency Applications)

There is an expedited process
Skilled workers, family members, long haul truck drivers, health professionals, entrepreneurs, foreign students and farmers
Permanent work opportunities

Other Provincial Nominee Programs

More information about provincial nominee programs for other provinces can be obtained by contacting our Canadian office.

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