Archive for March 20th, 2014

How to get immigrant visa or work visa to Canada

How to get get immigrant visa or work visa to Canada? It’s so simple plus you’ll get approved easily than getting a job in the USA and other wealthy countries. The steps, procedures and requirements are discussed in this page so read on…Work in Canada this 2014!

Canada has been one of the best countries where foreign nationals love to seek greener pasture plus citizens of Canada love foreign nationals too. Many find it easier to get working visas in Canada than getting one from other countries like the US, Australia, UK, Japan and other rich countries. Why is that? Simply because in Canada,  Canada is a well disciplined country. It loves its immigrant workers as much as it loves its citizens.

OFW Jobs Hiring in Canada 2014

Usual jobs for foreign nationals in Canada are in the following area:

Nursing – Foreign nationals nurses are everywhere in Canada, if you’re RN you’d definitely get a job here
Caregiver jobs – lots of foreign nationals find caregiving jobs via direct hiring too as long as they have their credentials validate for Hotel and restaurant jobs or else, check here, others – such as housekeeping staff, bartenders, waiter or waitresses, fast food crew, restaurant managers, cashiers and the like not mandatory.

  • Teaching
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Accounting – CPAs, auditors
  • Information Technology
  • Architecture

How to get a job in Canada easily and successfully?

One of the great tips to get a job in Canada for foreign nationals via direct hiring is to choose the jobs classified under the skilled and low-skilled jobs. Why? Because these jobs are usually hiring and have the most available vacancies. Canada hires foreign workers if and only if they find no citizens in Canada to fill those jobs. If you heard of LMO (Labor Market Opinion) – that’s one of the requirements before an employer can hire foreign workers there. No wonder why many professional workers in the Philippines such as doctors and others leave their jobs here and apply for positions related to their career and experience. Anyway, higher salaries and compensation awaits anyone who will work abroad like Canada. There are also professional positions hiring like CPA, teachers etc although majority of Filipinos apply for the skilled and Canada jobs with LMO.
Online employer

First thing you would do is find an employer in Canada. Some employers post their jobs vacancies online. Remember to apply only to trusted job websites like the following listed below.

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca
http://www.workopolis.com
http://www.monster.ca

Employer agents/ Job fairs in your country for Direct Hiring

If you have a friend or relative in Canada, they could refer you for employers provided you are qualified for the position they are hiring. The more you find employers, the more chance you got of getting hired.

You can also apply to some people who conduct direct hiring in your country or else. These people usually schedule some orientations about their job offers in Canada. These agents are affiliated with Canadian employers who directly hire OFWs. They do the same steps as local agencies do to their applicants. The good thing about them is there’s not much competition from the number of applicants than to other agencies. They will also assist you in processing your documents for the application at the Canadian embassy.

LMO and Employment Permits Processing in Canada

Once you found an employer, good thing for you because they will process the LMO and some documents needed for your employment in Canada. If your papers are ready, you can then apply for your working visa at the Canadian Embassy of  your choice. See the requirements for working visa application in Canada for foreign nationals. You may also need your SSS Employee Static Information as supporting document for your visa approval.

Visa Application at Canadian Global Embassies 

Good thing about applying for a visa and work permit in Canada is that you may not need a personal interview at the embassy if your papers are all complete and consistent, your visa will be delivered to you so soon. You can apply online or via Call Center. Make sure you personally prepared all your papers and documents for the complete requirements before processing them for application online or call center. You may need to attend an interview if the consul contacted you for one. If they didn’t, then you’re lucky. The Canadian Embassies address are listed below.

Link to Embassies

POEA Registration as Name Hire

After you had your visa approved, you will then have to register yourself at the POEA for Name Hire / Direct Hire to be an official OFW. You will have PDOS (Pre-departure Orientation Seminar) and process your  paperwork too. Once you’re done, they will give you your Exit Clearance which you will use at your departure at the airport when you leave  your country and fly to Canada.

Take note that POEA Name Hire has a Direct Hiring limit policy of 10 for every employer.

Now that you know the tips and the procedure for direct hiring in Canada, are you ready to apply? Gather your guts and make your dreams come true.  Get your LinkedIn profile rewrite and find an employer now and let that passport have visa stamped 🙂

Let’s hear your thoughts. Post your messages at the comment box below. Good luck!

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NEWS: Labor market opinion (LMO)

WORK PERMIT FOR CANADA: WHAT IS A LABOUR MARKET OPINION (LMO)?

The LMO  is a document issued by the Canadian government to your employer. It will allow you, a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW), to obtain a sponsored work permit for Canada. It is a fast, cheap process that was created to allow Canadian employers to fill positions in their companies with foreign workers if they are unable to find a Canadian to do the job. The government issues a positive or negative Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to your employer approximately 12 weeks after application. You, the potential employee, then use this LMO to obtain your new visa either at the nearest border, or by post. Visa fees are usually about $150. The LMO will state the conditions for work in Canada, including wages, hours and the duration of the LMO permit.

HRSDC/Service Canada ensures that job opportunities are protected for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Canadian employers can hire foreign workers when it will not negatively affect employment of Canadians and Permanent Residents, or when there are significant benefits to the recruitment of a foreign worker.

There are certain guidelines that HRSDC follow in the process of approving Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker. The employer must demonstrate that:

  • A job offer itself is bonafide and not designed to be inaccessible to Canadians/permanent residents
  • Wages and a working condition offered are sufficient to attract and retain Canadians or permanent residents in employment
  • An employer has made reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadians or permanent residents for an employment in request. Usually an employer can extend a job offer to a foreign worker after establishing that Canadians and permanent residents are not readily available. An employer can provide evidence to support either one of the two following conditions:
  • Reasonable efforts were made to recruit and train qualified Canadians or permanent residents for employment
  • Foreign worker possesses a combination of skills and experience not readily available in Canada.
  • The employment of the foreign worker is critical for the company to maximize its human resources in creating or maintaining jobs and/or transferring specialized knowledge and skills to the company’s labor force.

WORK IN CANADA THROUGH LMO

Once you have a positive LMO from HRDSC, you are then entitled to apply for a work permit to work in Canada. You can do this in two different ways:

1. Apply to the Canadian Consulate in your country before coming to Canada. You will receive a confirmation letter which you provide to Citizenship & Immigration Canada on arrival. The cost is $150 per work permit and $125 per study permit (needed for all children of school age).

2. Apply at Point of Entry (POE). Go to Immigration Canada on arrival in Canada. Provide your documents and they will issue you with a work permit and study permit, if required.

3. If you are already in Canada you can also go to the border and flagpole, which involves going to the US border. When coming back, you proceed to Immigration Canada as a landed immigrant. You can read here some of the statics on LMO

ADVANTAGES OF LABOUR MARKET OPINION

It is relatively fast, cheap and appealing to employers. Other routes that allow you to work in Canada require more time and money.
You can get a work permit for Canada for up to three years.

DISADVANTAGES OF LABOUR MARKET OPINION

It can be tricky to meet all requirements and convincing the government that there is no Canadian to do the job.
LMOs are issued based on the current labour market needs, so if you happen to be in a profession that is currently experiencing high rates of unemployment it can be tough to get an Labour Market Opinion.
Your employer is the person applying for the LMO so you cannot get any information on your application or deal with the Labour Market Opinion folks throughout the process.

Your employer is going to have to advertise your position even though you are most likely already working there. The HRSDC (Human Resources and Skills Development Dept.) needs proper proof that attempts were made to find a Canadian employee. JobsBank and Indeed.com are two common websites to meet this objective.

Important new updates from HRDSC on LMO process as of July 2013

These changes have dramatically reduced the number of LMO applications as the process is now slower and more complex. It is expected that these reforms will softened as employers struggle to cope with the new process.

Starting from April 25, 2012, and as of july 2013 the HRSDC allows employers and their third-party representatives to make applications and submit materials for a LMO online. Although employers and representatives may encounter some technical challenges in the registration process, a web-based application will eventually help fasten the process. A web application may save the data entry time required by HRSDC to input the information on a paper application to their computer system, which may take one week or more.  Also, when a decision is made, the employer may obtain a copy of the approved opinion instantly, rather than days later with the arrival of the mail. Note HRSDC officers no longer fax out opinion letters, although some will still do at the request of the employer.

 

A positive LMO will not be issued if the officer reviewing the file believes that the hiring of a foreign worker will take a job away from qualified Canadians. This may happen if the requirements for the specified job are too broad, or the skills needed to perform job tasks are not particularly specialized, and therefore easy to fill.

When conducting recruitment in Canada, employers should be sure to carefully construct their advertisements to reflect the specific skills needed for the position. They should be aware that requiring competency in a language other than English or French is only allowed if the employer can demonstrate that knowledge of the language is essential. Providing a report of recruitment efforts and responses from interested candidates will strengthen one’s argument.

Canada is a very wealthy and generous country so employment opportunities will always come. Don’t lose hopes. There are millions of Foreign nationals working and living in Canada now. We love Canada as much as they love us.

If you are a foreign national looking to settle or relocate in Canada, please contact us today.
If you are looking for a job in Canada, please visit our  Canada Job Search Tool.

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