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Canada – Visas and Work Permits

Canada – Visas and Work Permits
 
Are you wanting to work or re-locate to the Canada? Do you need to check if you need a work permit or do you want to apply now? Do you want to find out if you need a visa to be in the Canada? Here, Hineni have provided you with some information on working in Canada and have teamed up with its membersite  who can offer you further advice and assistance with any questions and queries you may have.
 
 What are Visas and Work Permits?
Firstly, here is an explanation of what a visa, a work permit and immigration actually is.
A visa is an official authorization appended to a passport, permitting entry into and travel within a particular country or region.
– A work permit is a generic term for a legal authorization, which allows a person to take employment. It is most often used in reference to instances where a person is given permission to work in a country where one does not hold citizenship,
– Immigration is the act of immigrating; the passing or coming into a country for the purpose of permanent residence.
It will depend on how long you want to go for, why you want to go and certain other factors as to which of the visas you must apply for.
 
 
Types of Visas
Canada offers a range of immigration opportunities and probably does more than most other countries to encourage skilled workers to move to Canada. There are four main categories for visas and there is also an option for a work permit:
Skilled Worker Class – The Skilled Worker Visa for Canada is the most popular way of applying for migration to Canada. This allows you to enter Canada with the right to work without first needing to find a job. Find out if you qualify by using a Canada Skilled Worker Points Calculator.
Business Class – Canadian Business Immigration offers three different Canada Business Visa categories for business immigration to Canada for potential migrants wishing to Invest or start a business in Canada.
Family Class – Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Canada, 18 years of age or older, may sponsor close relatives or family members who want to become permanent residents of Canada.
Citizenship – Although you can’t apply for Canadian citizenship until you have lived in Canada for at least three years, you can be thinking about what it means from the moment you arrive.
Work Permits – A work permit for Canada can only be obtained if you have an offer of employment before applying for your Canadian work visa. Canada seeks to attract temporary skilled workers to fill positions that Canadian employers are currently having difficulty to fill by a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen.
Canada Visit Visa – Visit Canada with a Canadian Tourist Visa. A Canadian Visitor Visa will allow you to visit Canada for up to 6 months.
 
Visa Exemptions
 
Visas are required by everyone visiting Canada except the following for stays of up to six month:
1. nationals of countries; Britain, Australia,  USA, Other EU members and Japan.
2. nationals of EU countries (except Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovak Republic, who do require a visa);
3. nationals of Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, French Overseas Possessions and Territories, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Israel (National passport holders only), Jersey, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Switzerland and the Vatican City.
4. those visiting Canada who, during that visit, also visit the USA or St Pierre & Miquelon (a French Overseas Territory) and return directly to Canada as visitors.
 
 Types of Visa and Cost
Visitor: C$75 (single-entry); C$150 (multiple-entry). Family: C$400 (for families of six or more persons). Transit: gratis. Transit visas are necessary for all nationals who require a visitor visa. Employment: C$150 (individual); C$450 (group of three or more). Student: C$125. Prices are subject to frequent change.
  
Validity
Up to six months depending on circumstances of individual applicant.
 
Further Information
Please contact your local Embassy or Consulate or High Commission to find out further information about visas.  
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   working visas and Canada employment trends.

How to find work in the Canada | Newcomers Guide to Canada

Canada

Canada’s a natural beauty, vast open spaces and outdoor lifestyle make the country an ideal place to visit on holiday, work or live. Canada is consistently rated as one of the world’s most desirable places to settle and raise a family.

Canada is currently seeking a large number of skilled migrants, with many industries desperately in need of workers. In terms of visas there are companies , such as Hineni Media , that will guide you throught the process for a fee.  Canadian employment visas are only issued to those fulfilling a specific role or skilled professionals.

Basics

Any person who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada needs employment authorization ( work permit) to work in Canada. Working in North America has the added obstable of obtaining a visa. In Canada you can only apply for employment authorization  or work permit once you have secured an offer of employment. Your employer will then apply for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO). Once this is aproved you can then apply for a work permit through citizenship and inmigration canada (CIC). This may appear daunting, but around 90,000 foreign workers enter canada every year to help address shortages.

Three succesful tips and resources

The first best possible angle to become a gainfully employed and future Canadian citizen, and  get a foot in the door with Canadian employers is to  play the wise card.

 

 

Marisol Diaz is a 12-year veteran of that strange, fulfilling, and maddening world called the publishing industry. She’s packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. She’s authored, compiled, and ghost written ebooks that have help international migrants. Now serving as a publisher and consultant, her blogs and her various projects provide one glimpse into the world of Canada inmigration, settlement, cross cultural, foreign worker books.

Where to find job opportunities In Canada?

What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It’s not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search.

Job opportunities can be found anywhere from a Help Wanted ad placed in a store window, to ads online or in Canada’s major newspaper, to major employers who hire “head-hunters” to find a new company official. Job fairs Increasingly, employers are working with Canada wide or Provincial Labour and Immigration and some employment service providers to hold “job fairs.” Immigrants are invited to meet employers. To know what job fairs are happening, regularly check the newspaper section Events.

Monster or Workpolis are free website that shows you what jobs are available daily in Canadian Provinces by Industry. It also gives detailed information including qualification and language requirements. Workopolis.com is the job website most Canada wide employers use to advertise job openings not all but is something.

Recruiters Some companies – particularly those with IT, office or accounting needs – hire a staffing, or placement, agency to find employees. These agencies advertise positions or seek out people whose skills meet the needs of employers. You should contact these employment agencies and have them add your name and work experience to their database. They CANNOT charge you any fee.

‘Hidden’ job market

It is said that most Canadian employers do not advertise when they have job openings. That is why we refer to the “hidden” job market.

To find opportunities you must “network.” That means doing things such as talking to people you know to find out who is hiring, contacting employers directly, attending job fairs, contacting groups involved in your field of work. ‘

Networking’

Networking means making social contacts. This way you can hear about unadvertised jobs, and employers can hear about you. Here are some methods: Get to know people in your neighbourhood and in your industry or profession. Talk to employment and professional counsellors, employers, and colleagues. By talking to people you will also come to understand your industry and what businesses look for in new employees. Join professional associations. Subscribe to their newsletters. Attend professional events and meetings. Attend public meetings and community events. Give and collect business cards. Contact Canadian employers directly, use HM Major Employment Companies Directory is a content website that lists all employers in the province,what they do and their contact informacion.

The Job Interview

Employers place a lot of importance on meeting a prospective employee. An interview could be an informal conversation or it could be a structured format with pre-determined questions in front of a panel of interviewers. The employer reviews paper applications. The next step is to call some candidates in for an interview. This could happen quickly or it make take a company weeks to decide who to interview. Be prepared to listen, answer and ask — in English. Have a positive attitude about yourself. Know that your skills and personal qualities would be an asset to the employer. The best way to learn about interviews is by taking advantage of advice offered by immigrant employment service agencies.

Regional resource for job seekers

Ontario, Manitoba, Vancouver , Calgary and Montreal , etc all Canada have many employment offices across the province. Free services include career counselling, information about job openings and the use of computers for resumé writing and Internet job search. Also, they can give information about government employment assistance programs. If you are an immigrant who lives in rural area you are advised to go to Employment of that Province.

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Being Hired as a Foreign Worker by a Canadian Employer

Being Hired as a Foreign Worker by a Canadian Employer

As with most countries’ approach to the employment of foreign workers, Canadian regulations establish certain restrictions regarding the employment of foreigners in order to give preference to Canadian workers. In order for a Canadian company to hire a foreign worker, two basic requirements must be fulfilled. Firstly, the work contract to be held between the Canadian company and the foreign worker must be approved by the Canadian Ministry of Labor ( known as Human Resources Development Canada -HRDC-). Secondly, this contract only becomes valid once the foreign worker obtains his or her visa from  Immigration Canada (hereinafter referred to as “work permit”). All work contracts held between Canadian companies and foreign workers must be authorized by the Ministry of Labor, unless the foreigner is married to a Canadian citizen, has parents, children or siblings who are Canadian citizens or possesses an Investors Visa. Foreign employees who belong in one or more of the latter three categories shall be referred to as a sort of  “Exonerated Workers”. *

Exonerated Workers* are exempt from certain restrictions that apply to non-exonerated foreign employees, for example, that the total number of foreign workers in a Canadian company must not exceed 20% of its payroll and the wages of foreign workers must not amount to more than 30% of the total wages paid out by the company. Exemptions are always permitted, for instance, for highly skilled workers and those to be employed in managerial positions. Degree certificates must be available, as well as evidence of previous work experience, if applicable. These documents must be legalized by the corresponding Canadian Consulate abroad and approved by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If the documents are not in English or French official languages of Canada, they must be translated by a certified translator. Work contracts must comply with several strict regulations. They cannot exceed 2 years, but may be renewed. The employer must undertake to train Canadian employees in the foreign worker’s field and guarantee that the foreign worker and his or her family will return to their home country.  Work authorization will take a while. Once the contract is authorized the worker must apply for his or her one year working visa . Please note that this process may take at least six and a 12  months. Finally, note that if the foreign worker entered Canada with a tourist visa, he or she must gain permission to sign contracts before signing the work contract.

Through company sponsorship or Work Permit it is relatively easy to immigrate to Canada,  because to work in the country, foreigners can travel on a temporary visa and apply for a work permit (an Employment Authorization [EA] in Canada), or become a permanent resident of Canada. To obtain an EA, a Canadian job offer validated by the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) is required. This means that the employer has to prove that the position could not be filled by a Canadian citizen or resident. The validation process is complicated unless you are a software or IT professional, a member of the Youth Exchange Program, or the Spouse of Highly Skilled Temporary Worker. To enter the country, you should have the following:

  • a valid passport, travel document, or other identity document;
  • proof of sufficient funds while in Canada and enough to cover the costs of departure;
  • lack of a criminal record, and, in some cases, a recent medical examination.

Non-Canadians interested in emigrating to the country can check out http://hinenimedia.memberlodge.org, which provides information about obtaining work visas for Canada. Online assessment of eligibility to live and work in Canada can be made. In addition there is information on gaining permanent and temporary work status in Canada.

*Business inmigration category ( investor/Entrepreneur)

How to search, and where to get a job in Canada

It is each person’s responsibility to find a job.

The way of looking for work may be quite different than in your home country.  It’s not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping it organized, focused, and on the fast track will help you find a job faster than if you don’t have a plan in place.

There are government and community agencies that will help you learn job search skills and help you find opportunities.

STEPS in your job search Job search skills:

Your first step is to have a plan. By knowing where to go and what to do you will achieve your goal.

Resumé, cover letter, application forms:  These are your basic “tools” to tell employers the skills and experience that you can offer.

Where to find jobs openings: Now that you’re ready with all the tools mention above you need to find an employer who’s ready to hire you. Read the ways that Canada companies advertise employment opportunities in this greatcompany directory.

Job interview: Meeting your potential employer for the first time is the crucial moment.

Work experience, language and culture all play a part in this one-on-one meeting. Have yours polished.

Job search skills :  for newcomers already hear the best place to learn job search skills including resumé writing and how to conduct yourself in an interview by participating in one of the free workshops or longer programs offered by the organizations that Canada funds to provide employment services to newcomers. These free services have extended programs as well as one-day “workshops.” Participating in these services is also an excellent way to find out about job opportunities and career fairs. These programs cover topics such as: job search skills learning or upgrading skills such as using computers the rules and customs of the Canadian workplace improving your English for work Some programs provide job placements or introduce participants to employers. For newcomers above we offer interview coaching services by phone or web. Contact us for details or check our parent site.

 Resumé, cover letter, application forms :

To get a job you must convince employers that it would be to their advantage to hire you. You need to “market” yourself with a well-written resumé that explains your education and experience. Before you write, you need to know what Canadian employers expect; resumés here are often very different than in other countries.

 A cover letter is the letter of introduction that you send or present with your resumé. Canadian employers expect to read certain things in a letter. You should always include a cover letter. It tells the employer the purpose of the letter, who should receive it, the position being applied for.

Application forms are provided by employers. The form asks specific questions and you answer them by filling in the blanks. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with job applications before you go see an employer. Canadian employers expect to see references. This usually means people you have worked for in the past who can speak for you. If you have no Canadian work experience this can be difficult. This is why it is important to network — get to know people — so that an employer has someone to phone and ask about your experience and character. Immigrant employment services are an excellent source of information. You can also find samples of “Canadian style” resumés and cover letters on site such as workopolis and others Job Banks.

 

Marisol Diaz
Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
Immigration through Employment Advisement
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Permisos de residencia para Canada

Permisos de residencia para Canada:   Proceso de normalización o regularización.

1. En el plazo de tres meses desde la entrada en vigor del Reglamento de la Ley inmigratoria de 2009, sobre derechos y libertades de los extranjeros en Canada y su integración social, los empresarios o empleadores que pretendan contratar a un extranjero, podrán solicitar que se le otorgue una autorización inicial de residencia y trabajo por cuenta ajena, siempre y cuando se cumplan las siguientes condiciones:

a) Que el trabajador figure listado (empadronado) en un municipio o condado canadiense al menos con seis meses de anterioridad a la entrada en vigor del Reglamento de la Ley de febrero 2008, sobre derechos y libertades de los extranjeros en Canada y su integración social y se encuentre en Canada en el momento de realizar la solicitud.
b) Que el empresario o empleador haya firmado con el trabajador un contrato de trabajo cuyos efectos estarán condicionados a la entrada en vigor de la autorización de residencia y trabajo solicitada. En el contrato de trabajo, el empresario se comprometerá, con independencia de la modalidad contractual y el tipo de contrato utilizado, al mantenimiento de la prestación laboral por un período mínimo de seis meses, salvo en el sector agrario, en el que el período mínimo será de tres meses. En los sectores de la construcción y la hostelería, el cumplimiento del compromiso de mantenimiento de la prestación laboral de seis meses podrá llevarse a cabo dentro de un período máximo de doce meses. Cuando los contratos de trabajo sean a tiempo parcial, el período de prestación laboral se incrementará proporcionalmente a la reducción sobre la jornada ordinaria pactada en dicho contrato, en los términos que establezca el Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales Canadiense mejor conocido como  Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSD).

c) Que se cumplan los requisitos contemplados en los artículo de las leyes modificadas en tal materia 2009, sobre derechos y libertades de los extranjeros en Canada y su integración social, para el otorgamiento de una autorización para trabajar en Canada.

¿Cómo obtener una visa de residente permanente en Canadá?

El primer paso para iniciar el proceso para la obtención de la residencia permanente en Canadá es ubicar el Consulado, Embajada u Oficina de la Alta Comisión Diplomática Canadiense correspondiente a su país de origen. Los requerimientos básicos incluyen:

  • Un certificado médico expedido por un servicio médico elegido por la oficina consular
  • Un exhaustivo análisis de la posible existencia de antecedentes criminales.
  • Rellenar las formas correspondientes a la solicitud de residencia permanente en Canadá
  • Pagar el costo de la aplicación
  • Atender en persona a todas las entrevistas que solicite el consulado correspondiente.
  • Adicionalmente y dependiendo de la naturaleza de tu solicitud, puede que los siguientes requisitos sean también necesarios:

Los originales, copias y traducciones oficiales en inglés o francés realizadas por un traductor oficial licenciado por el consulado de un país de lengua francesa o inglesa que incluya todos los certificados y diplomas de estudios, títulos universitarios, documentos de identificación tales como partidas de nacimiento y/o las cartas de patrocinantes tales como familiares canadienses y/o una firma canadiense que le ofrezca trabajo.
Probar la tenencia de los fondos necesarios para vivir en Canadá por un período de un año
Exámenes que prueben sus calificaciones y/o idiomas hablados por el solicitante
Documentos que prueben el estatus como refugiado político o de guerra
Otros documentos que será necesario estudiar en cada caso particular.

Los costos de tramitación relacionados con la solicitud de la residencia permanente en Canadá deben pagarse al Receiver General of Canada.

Marisol Diaz, de la universidad Nacional Pedro Enriquez Ureña, RD, y luego en la UASD, Lenguas y  estudios en en Politicas de Migraciones Internacionales (1998) Adquirio su experiencia en Recursos Humanos, Educación y Migraciones en Inglaterra y en USA, ocupando puestos de Dirección y Supervisión tanto en el area de Reclutamiento y Selección de Recursos Humanos, como en el area Educativa en la YMCA. Actualmente es directora de Hineni Media @ http://www.hinenimemberlodge.org

Succed finding work in Canada!

It’s brutal out there. But the people getting hired aren’t necessarily the most connected – they’re the most creative.

Here are some basic tips to help you with your job search:

1. Evaluate your skills and the local job market.
List your talents, skills, and interests, and then list jobs that you would enjoy.

2.  Try to prepare a professional résumé or CV.
Your résumé is your most important tool for marketing your skills and accomplishments to a prospective employer.

3. Make sure you have a valid and legal social insurance card.
    No employer will hire you or make job offer without a social insurance card or work validation.

4. Spread the word to family and friends.
Tell your family and friends that you are looking for a job. Be specific about the kind of job you want. .

5.  Call companies and organizations you would like to work for and ask for an information meeting.

6. Attend or go to a job event.

7.  Fast Track your immigration with a Canadian Co-op work permit

Studying in Canada and attendance at a reputable Canadian education institution can provide a fast track to immigration.  Processing time under a program of study in Canada is short and visa issuance and be considered under the favoured Regional Migration.

Additional points of assessment are awarded for an application for permanent residence and it can be made to a visa office in North America where overall processing delays are generally very reasonable. Also time spent under a program of study in Canada will count towards the qualification period to acquire Canadian citizenship. Each year of study in Canada will be credited by six months towards the three residency period needed to qualify for Canadian citizenship through naturalization.

An applicant can secure a study visa and once issued the applicant can then submit an application for permanent residence under any suitable category. We provide service assistance to prospective applicants wishing to seek admission to a reputable Canadian educational institution.

Benefits to student (conditions apply):Off Campus Employment

 The student can apply for an off-campus work permit if on a full-time degree program and has completed six months of full-time studies out of the past 12 months. The Work Permit authorizes up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (e.g., winter or summer holidays and reading week).

Spousal Employment

Your spouse/partner is eligible to obtain a valid Work Permit to work in Canada. No job offer letter from an employer or job validation is not required.

Post-Graduate Employment

The Post-Graduate Work Permit allows graduating students to work in Canada for up to 3 years after graduation (conditions apply).

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