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Temporary Work Permits for Foreign Workers in Canada

One of the most often asked questions is how do I find a job in Canada? In fact many people ask us how they can secure a job here
in Canada before starting the immigration process so that they’ll have a job to go to as soon as they land in Canada.

Before we get into how you could go about doing that let’s turn the tables around and look at this from the perspective of the
owner of a Canadian company.

One day he gets a resume and cover letter in the mail applying for a position available at the company. The cover letter further
goes on to state that the applicant isn’t currently living in Canada but is planning to apply for immigration shortly and would
like a job offer from the company.

Now picture yourself as the owner of the company. You’re thinking great…. I’m going to offer this person a job even though I don’t know when they’re going to apply for Canadian immigration. If they actually do apply for immigration to Canada, I’m not the slightest bit sure that they’re even going to be here by the end of this year or the next, if they make it at all.

You are basically expecting a person to choose an uncertain, undecided potential worker over the hundreds of applicants he has
to choose from locally.

I’m sure you’d agree that going about looking for a job in Canada before you even immigrate is futile and a waste of time.

UNLESS….

One of the exceptions to this rule would be if you had a PhD or other invaluable experience in a very specialized field, and that
because of the extremely specialized nature of your work, local Canadian talent would be hard to come by. In cases such as these, get in touch with us and we should be able to expedite the entire immigration process for you with our legal referrals. link

So what does one do? I  tell you it’s either Action or Nothing.

Action

1. Be an Entreprenuer

2. Go for post secondary program for 2 yrs and you will have 3 yrs of work permit issue thereafter. During study you can work part time. ( Brandon University in Manitoba is the cheapest one to study)

3. Perhaps you need to get inside information of employers applying for pre-approval of hiring foreign skilled workers or
those employers applying for LMO to service Canada.Immigration consultant handling this type of employers application for pre- approval & LMO and placement companies involved thereafter hiring of foreign skilled workers( with pre-approval or LMO for employers) can get you good lead.This could be either for work permit for fix period or permanent job with AEO.ON,BC, NB, Nova scotia and Quebec itself are a tough provinces to get in, and its employers do not issue AEOs easily. However, I suggest you try and go for SK and MB. They are growing, a lot of new jobs in different fields are created there, and job offers along with PNP
certificates are issued pretty easily. Also look out for Canada recruitment fairs in Europe. You have to register in advance, they
are normally held in May-June and in November.

Follow this link, Destination Canada  Also please check http://www.manitoba.ca and http://www.immigration.gov.sk.ca
Do Nothing

Well, not absolutely nothing.

If….. as is the case with most skilled workers, you want to find a job before landing in Canada and you cannot find a job before
starting the process, then you can still act to mitigate as much risk as possible, by applying for jobs much later in the process.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do some research about the economic atmosphere in Canada, and about the industry that you
work in right now of course.

Start the immigration process first and then apply for a job when the immigration process is close to complete. We will tell you
that there should now only be 2 to 3 months or more before your permanent resident visa’s are issued and it should be at this time that you start to look for a job in Canada.

Why don’t you take your first step now by getting a Canadian style resume?

Once you’ve done that, take a look at this page, which will give you a brief overview of Ontario’s economy.

 

 

NOTE: that our partner law firm does not assist in finding job
offers, they assist with the process of obtaining a work permit
for those who already have an existing job offer.

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How to find a Job in Canada: What You Need to Know

More than ever, Canada is in need of qualified workers in a range of professions. From nurses to miners, food servers to IT professionals, employers in Canada are increasingly looking beyond their own borders to meet their employment needs.
When living abroad, finding a job in Canada can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, a few tips can help demystify the process, and with a little luck you could be on your way to a new life and career in Canada!

Step 1: Know the Job Market
Before looking for jobs, you should take some time to learn about the labour environment for your specific occupation in Canada. It is important to ask yourself important questions about your job search goals, such as:
What is the average salary for my job in Canada? Does it vary by location?
You can use the  Monster’s  Canada Salary Calculator to find the answer to this question

Step 2: Search for a Job

There is no ‘right’ way to search for a job in Canada. A good place to start is to think of any connections you might have in the country. Look through your social networks to find out if you have friends or family (or friends-of-friends, etc) with ties to Canada or your profession. If you have no personal ties, you may want to consider contacting professionals working in your field in Canada and asking to speak with them informally in order to learn more about the job market.
Of course, you do not need a professional network in Canada in order to begin your job search. There are a number of Canadian job posting websites that you may use to start your search today. Our Job Search Tool, which accesses job postings from across the country, is a good place to start.

When applying for jobs, it is important to remember that Canadian employers may look for certain things that differ from employers in your home country. For instance, it is important to provide a resume that conforms to Canadian professional standards. You can use our resume services  to make sure yours is up to par. If you are applying for any job opening, it is beneficial to include a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the job.

Step 3: Securing a Job Offer

If you make it to step 3, congratulations! You are closer than ever to arriving in Canada. A job offer from a Canadian employer may be issued on either a temporary or permanent basis. Both can help bring you to Canada, but there are different processes for each. Usually, a Canadian employer will formally hire you by issuing a job offer letter. For immigration purposes, it is helpful that the job offer letter includes the following information:

  • Salary and benefits
  • Working hours
  • Description of job duties
  • Printed on company letterhead
  • Signed by employer and employee

For semi-skilled occupations, the Federal government requires the use of a standardized employment contract, if you are being hired from abroad.

Important note: While rare, fraudulent job offers do occur. You should exercise good judgement when receiving a job offer from an employer abroad. Remember that a genuine offer of employment will not ask you to pay money or provide your credit card information.

Step 4: Learn what are my rights as a employee?
All Canadians are entitled to a minimum wage and vacation benefits. Social benefits such as healthcare may vary from province to province.

  • Do I need Federal/Provincial certification to practice in Canada?
  • Are my skills in high demand in a certain part of Canada?
  • Find out by browsing for your occupation in different provinces and cities.
  • Is my job considered ‘high’ or ‘low’ skilled in Canada?

 

Step 5: Come to Canada
An offer of temporary employment can be issued for varying lengths of time, from a few days to a few years. If successful, you will receive a Temporary Work Permit to work in this position. You will come to Canada for a specified period of time as a temporary foreign worker, and you will be restricted to working only for the job written on your permit. If you do wish to change employers once in Canada, you would need to apply for and receive a new work permit. This can be done from inside Canada.
If your offer of employment is permanent in nature, you can use it as support for a permanent residency application. Many popular immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, have streams dedicated to processing applications that include a full-time Canadian job offer. While the Federal Skilled Worker Program had placed a strict cap on application intake, individuals with arranged employment in Canada are not subject to these caps.

Whether temporary or permanent, a job in Canada will give you invaluable experience, and may be a stepping stone for a future life in the country. For some, a job will fall into place quickly, while for others the search may last longer. No matter what, it is important to keep your focus on your ultimate personal and professional goals. With persistence, you can make them a reality.

in order to capture that a job offer  you need to polish your CV . To find out more about how to do it   or  simply check out in the direct site here 

Canada ‘s 25 occupations in Demand

A report last week by Hays Canada found skills shortages in the country are not acute. By its measure – which looks at wage pressures and labour market flexibility — Canada scores 5.6 on a 10-point scale. A score above the mid-point of 5 suggests employers are having difficulties finding the key skills they need, while a score below 5 shows a slack labour market in which there are no major constraints on the supply of skilled labour.

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Here is CIBC’s full list of 25 occupations showing signs of a skills shortage:

Managers in engineering, architecture, science & info systems

Managers in health, education, social and community services

Managers in construction and transportation

Auditors, accountants and investment professionals

Human resources and business service professionals

Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Physical science professionals

Life science professionals

Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical Engineers

Other Engineers

Professional occupations in health

Physicians, dentists and veterinarians

Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals

Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists

Therapy and assessment professionals

Nurse supervisors and registered nurses

Technical and related occupations in health

Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

Technical occupations in dental health care

Other technical occupations in health care (except dental)

Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, clergy and probation officers

Supervisors, mining, oil and gas

Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related workers

Supervisors in manufacturing

Supervisors, processing occupations

20 occupations showing signs of labour surplus

Managers in manufacturing and utilities

Clerical supervisors

Clerical occupations

Clerical occupations, general office skills

Source: Globe and Mail

Related : Canadian job market increasingly a tale of have and have not occupations: CIBC

Photos  25 occupations desesperating needing workers

Self-Marketing in the Canadian Job Market

As Wikipedia states: “The career management process begins with setting goals/objectives. A relatively specific goal/objective must be formulated. This task may be quite difficult when the individual lacks knowledge of career opportunities and/or is not fully aware of their talents and abilities. However, the entire career management process is based on the establishment of defined goals/objectives whether specific or general in nature. Utilizing career assessments may be a critical step in identifying opportunities and career paths that most resonate with someone.”

In a tight job market, getting all the details right matters, and a spreadsheet helps.

Here are some job search strategist

1.Do research about the companies you are applying to, take time to determine the best career choice and to keep a job-hunting spreadsheet.   By using the spreadsheet, you’ll quick access to everyone’s contact information and could quickly find the details you needed about people and jobs, instead of keeping track of dozens of business cards, e-mail messages and written notes.   Words of wisdom: In a tight job market, getting all the details right matters, and a spreadsheet helps. “(It allowed me to have) a much more personalized approach and whenever communication would occur I could check the spreadsheet and know exactly where we left off.

Highlights  

•Use Facebook and its microtargeting ability to find help in your search.  

•Follow bloggers on Twitter to learn about the latest job openings.  

•Shadow an employee to learn about their job, and you might get noticed.

Smart strategy:

Turned to the microblogging service Twitter to see if   you can find the latest job postings. Do also  real-time Twitter searches by position and location (“executive assistant, Hamilton”) to pull up recent tweets.

One USA example also use in Canada:

Name: Marian Schembari Old gig: Freelance writing in New York and Connecticut New gig: Associate publicist at Jane Wesman Public Relations in New York Smart strategy: Instead of responding to an employer’s job posting, she posted an ad for herself on Facebook, the social networking site, and used its microtargeting capability to home in on people who were most likely to offer her a job.  

Her ad asked, “I want to work for Harper Collins, can you help?” Anyone identifying themselves as a company employee saw it on their page. Readers could click on a link that directed them to her resume. Though she wasn’t able to find work with Harper Collins, she did connect with 100 people in two weeks, including someone who was able to offer her a job.   Words of wisdom: Recognize that the best way to get a job isn’t always to apply for it directly.

“I wasted so much time writing perfect cover letters and sending them into the Internet abyss,” she says. “You have to get out there in a way that people will come to you, not the other way around.”

Read this on self-marketing

How do I find a sponsored job in Canada?

Many people around the world are trying to find the answer to the question: “How do I find a sponsored job in Canada?”.

Finding a Canadian employer to sponsor you can be the most difficult part in immigration to Canada. Most people search for a sponsor by applying to adverts on job search websites or in newspapers, but did you know that only an estimated 30% of all jobs are advertised here? There are theories that around 70% of all jobs in Canada are found in the ‘hidden job market’, meaning they are not advertised through the usual media channels.
This article will give you a plan, using several steps, of how to tap into the hidden job market in Canada, and to help to make your dream of emigrating to Canada become a reality.
 
1. Research.
You will not often find Canadian employers advertising that they are looking for someone to sponsor from overseas. The main reason being, if there is someone with the required skill set in Canada, it is easier for the Canadian employer to offer a job to someone who is already established in Canada and can start work immediately – in comparison with employing a foreign national and going through the sponsorship process, the cost involved and the time delay for the sponsored individual to commence employment in Canada.
 
The vast majority of  Hineni Media  efforts are spent researching and updating jobs so that our subscribers find the best Canadian employers and places to work.
and that way can have access to virtually every job opening out there. All openings are kept current. Content is King. We are a research-driven organization whose primary aim is to locate as many job opportunities as possible for our members. We organize the products of our research and eliminate a good portion of the cumbersome process of finding a job. Not only do we locate jobs not listed anywhere else but we do so on such a massive scale that it would be impossible for any individual to even come close to duplicating our research efforts.   We work hard for you and provide our members with the advantage of having a personal army of researchers tirelessly locating new and exciting job opportunities. We offer an exclusive, members-only subscription to weed out stray job searchers.
You are also unlikely to find a Canadian employer to sponsor you through the use of a recruitment agency,unless that recruitment agency specifically mentions in their job advertisement that the Canadian employer is willing to sponsor the right candidate. Through our listings you can search out companies in Canada whom you would like to work for. In general, larger companies in Canada are more likely to sponsor people from overseas than the smaller companies (due to budgets and business scope), however you should not strike out the smaller companies, as some are still willing to sponsor the right person.  Hineni Media provides a list of Canadian employers willing to get you a work permit for certain fields . We publish helpful material on Minority, career development and placement.
If you don’t want to save time, and get convenience, through a Canadian Employers  for international professionals database, you can also research the Yahoo Companies Directory to find companies in Canadian to approach for sponsorship on your own.   Contact these companies that interest you, sending them your resume / CV and enquire as to whether they have any opportunities available. Many of the larger companies tend to have a “Careers” section on their website, where they enable job seekers to search for their current vacancies, and also to submit their resume and cover letter into their database. This way, if they do not have a current vacancy that is suitable to your experience, they can call upon their database when a position does become available, and contact you.
 
2. Global Companies
 
Search out global companies who are based in both your home country and in Canada, and find out whether they offer transfer opportunities – quite often global companies do. Even though it might mean working in your home country for a period of time before an opportunity arises in Canada, it is worth it in the long run, if it means you can immigrate to Canada through that company. Global organisations also tend to look impressive on your CV / resume.
 
3. Keep a Record
 
Keep a list of the companies that interest you, and contact them all. I recommend phoning to speak to the manager of the department you would like to work in. If that fails, speak with the Human Resources department. Find out whether they are a company who are willing to sponsor someone from another country with the right skillset. Find out how often they destroy applications /resumes / CVs as well – most companies in Canada hang on to applications for 3-6 months, so to be safe, you should follow up your applications every three months. Keep a record of all of the dates you apply for jobs and speak with the company, for ease of keeping on top of your Canada job applications.
 
4. Plan a Trip to Canada
 
Once you have quite a healthy list of companies you would like to work for (no list is too long), and have applied and spoken to all of them, you should plan a trip to Canada where you can meet with each of the employers. If you are unable to set an appointment with every employer, make a plan to visit the company anyway, dropping off your updated resume, and try to get in front of either the department manager, or a Human Resources Manager.
Through making this vital connection with the Canadian employers, you reach them on a personal level, and if they like you, they are more inclined to consider sponsorship than if they had not met you at all. We can help you with Travel and Tours to Canada 
 
5. Volunteer Work Experience
 
If you are able to, when you visit Canada, try to line up some volunteering work with some organisations in Canada. Companies that are most likely to accept volunteers are charitable and non-profit organisations. Approach them and set it up before arriving in Canada so you can build it into your plan for your trip to Canada. Also ensure that you are volunteering in the area of your profession. It will be to your advantage if you have experience working in Canada when you are looking for a sponsor, even if it is volunteer employment. Volunteer placement info here.
 
6. Build your Networks
 
Use social media, join industry groups, make friends in all the right places and put yourself out there. Use your networks and use other people’s networks – especially if you already know people in Canada. The more you put yourself out there, the more success you will have in finding a Canadian employer who is willing to sponsor you. If you think of it this way: most people have at least 100 people in their networks. Therefore if each of those 100 people also have 100 people in their networks, you potentially have access to a network of 1000 people! The more people you are connected to, the more likely you are to find someone who has connections in Canada.
Make everyone that you know, aware of your search for sponsored employment in Canada, and ask them to reach out to anyone that they know, who may be able to help.   You should also try and be wise when building your networks and be selective with you you are connecting with. It would be wise, for example, to strive to make as many connections with Canadian as possible, especially if they are working in the profession of your choice.
 
7. Study in Canada
 
Are there any courses or further education in Canada in your industry you can enroll in? If you can get a student visa and go to Canada to study, you are normally entitled to a certain amount of hours per week that you can work. This is an awesome opportunity for you to network, get your foot in the door and gain valuable Canadian experience and qualifications. Quite often, foreign nationals who study in Canada, are able to stay on in Canada afterward, by transferring their visa status and/or through finding sponsored employment in Canada. There is certainly an advantage for applying for jobs when you are already in Canada, as you are immediately available for job interviews. Again – it is making that personal connection with Canadian employers. Our affiliated English School can help you with that . Contact us for details.
 
8. Successful Self-Marketing
 
Prepare your marketing materials for success. Buy research to ensure that you will be competitive in the Canadian job market – that means ensuring your resume / CV is in a successful Canadian format, and ensuring you have a high-impact cover letter that will entice the Canada employer to review your resume / CV.
If you are serious about increasing your chances of finding an employer sponsor in Canada, you should consider having your resume professionally rewritten specifically for the Canadian job market. Contracting us for Canadian professional to rewrite your resume to a successful Canada CV template, means that you will be in the hands of a specialist who works on a daily basis with foreign nationals, assisting them to find employment in Canada.
 
In Summary
Remember: an estimated 70% of jobs in Canada are not advertised, and are found in the Canadian ‘hidden job market’. It is essential to your success that you access this enormous resource of job opportunities in Canada.
By following the steps above, and consistently working towards your goal on a long-term basis through thorough research, keeping track of your applications, utilising the hidden job market, building your networks, ensuring your marketing materials are of high quality and competitive in the Canadian job market, planning a trip to Canada, considering volunteer work in Canada and/or furthering your studies in Canada; you are guaranteed to increase your likelihood of finding a sponsored job in Canada.
 
Marisol Diaz – Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
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Settling In Ontario, Canada

Settling In Ontario, Canada 

One of the first things you may wish to do when you move to Ontario  is contact the  Newcomers Club to Canada which is located in Toronto. The organization can help you with apartment rentals, language training, applications for Social Insurance Numbers, Health Care, Canada’s Child Tax Credit, help with banking, shopping and much more. There is also a Newcomers Guide to Toronto that you may find useful.

 Finding a Place to Live

Ontario is a great place to live. There are also numerous small communities throughout rural Ontario; Creemore, Dunnville, Elora, Fergus, Meaford, Neustadt, Paisley, St. Jacbos, St. Marys and Thornbury. In or near these communities you will discover crafts, breweries, fine dining, historic limestone architecture, sandy beaches, and outstanding fishing, skiing, hiking and caving.

Visit the following sites for information on apartments rentals, real estate for sale, buying land, and building on Toronto. There are several storage facilities on city if you need to store furniture and household items for a short or extended period of time.

You can use the Address Locator (where by entering a civic address), you can find information about emergency service providers, electoral information, school districts and much more. You can also visit the PlaceFinder where by entering in a community name you will find information about business in the area, real estate for sale, census information and community photographs.

 English Language Training

There are several facilities which provide language training on Ontario. Several of these facilities are listed below:

Host English School

YMCA – Rexdale Youth Resource Centre
1530 Albion Road, Suite 83
Etobicoke, Ontario M9V 1B4
416-741-8714
www.ymcatoronto.org

The Career Foundation
9050 Yonge Street, Suite 318
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 9S6
905-707-1555
1 800 477-4217 (toll-free in Ontario)
www.careerfoundation.com

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
3363 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1G2
Phone: 416-233-0055
Fax: 416-233-5141
www.polycultural.org

 Working in Ontario

In order to work in Canada you must have a Social Insurance Number. You can visit the employment page of Info Ontario or subscribe at  Hineni Media  for information on career planning, employment programs and services, and a list of jobs currently available on Ontario.

 Another useful resource for newcomers is Workopolis.

 Paying Taxes in Canada

The Canada Revenue Agency oversees the collection of federal and provincial taxes in Canada. The Guide for Newcomers to Canada will help you determine your residency status and your tax obligations.

 The Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit is paid every three months to individuals and families with low to moderate incomes to help offset the GST/HST that they pay. You must apply to receive the credit.

 If You Have Children

Ontario has an Immunization Program for children from birth through to grade nine. Although your child is not required by law to be vaccinated, it is highly recommended that your child be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria. However, if an illness for which there is a vaccine is diagnosed in a school, those children who have not been immunized for that disease will not be allowed to attend the school until it is safe to return to school.

 If you have children under the age of 18 who live with you and you are considered a resident of Canada for income tax purposes you can apply for the Child Tax Benefit. This is a tax-free payment based on family income that qualifying families receive to help them with the costs of raising children.

 There are numerous child care facilities on Ontario which provide after school care, play schools, day cares, and kindergarten programs.

 Children who have reached their sixth birthday by January 31 are eligible to attend school. (Students between the ages of 7 and 16 must attend school.) Parents also have the option of home schooling their children. Students attend elementary school for Grades 1 through 6. Junior high schools educate students in Grades 7 through 9 while bigger high schools offer education for students from Grades 10 through twelve. Almost all school-aged children in the province attend one of the 65 English language or 5 French language public schools. Approximately 1% of children in the province attend one of the more than 25 privately operated schools.

 Ontario”s public schools are operated by 3 elected school boards and are funded by the provincial government. As specified in the School Act [PDF File], school boards provide for instruction, management of personnel, facilities and the transportation of students.

 To determine which schools your child can attend, visit the Address Locator where, by supplying your civic address, you can determine which family of schools is available for your neighborhood. To register your child at one of these schools, contact the school directly.

 There are approximately 30 students in a typical school class. Students eat their lunch in their classroom or in the school cafeteria.

 Students are not required to wear uniforms to school although most schools have a dress code concerning what can be worn.

 Students are not required to write entrance exams to enter high school.

 Universities and Community Colleges

The University of  Toronto, commonly referred to as UoT, offers a multitude of courses in Arts, Sciences, Music, Education, Nursing, and much more. The Health, Veterinary and Nursing College is part of the University . The College’s modern facilities have many unique features which include state-of-the-art laboratories, high tech classrooms, diagnostic services and  Health Related Teaching Hospital with clinics even  for small and large animals.

 For many years, George Brown, Seneca and Humber College  have welcomed students of all ages and educational backgrounds to its full-time, contract and continuing education programs. At  their  training centres located throughout the province, students are made to feel at home in a friendly and comfortable setting. With small class sizes, instructors have time for their students and there is a personal quality to the learning experience. Students come from all over the world to study at George Brown, Seneca and Humber College.

 The curriculum for all of  those College’s programs are industry driven. Those college’s diploma and certificate programs are recognized for their combination of theory and hands-on training and are led by instructors hired from industry, all of whom have experience in their own particular occupation. Programs are reviewed and updated regularly and utilize the most advanced facilities, learning materials and technology.

 All theree College offers more than 65 full-time programs and customized contract training, and is home to The Culinary , Police Academy, and the Marine Training Centre.

 There are also several private training schools which operate in Ontario too.

 Health Care

All new residents must register with the Department of Health and Social Services in order to become eligible for a Ontario Health Card (OHIP). Persons who establish permanent residence in Ontario from elsewhere in Canada will become eligible for insured hospital and medical services on the first day of the third month following the month of arrival.

 New or returning residents must apply for health coverage by completing a registration application from the Department. The application is reviewed to ensure that all necessary information is provided. A health card is issued and sent to the resident within two weeks. Renewal of coverage takes place every five years and residents are notified by mail six weeks prior to renewal.

 Ontario  has a Patient Registry Program which provides coordinated support to new residents in need of physicians.

 Driving in Ontario

When someone moves to Ontario  from another country, they must register as a new driver with the Department of Transportation and Public Works.

 Individuals registering as new drivers from elsewhere in Canada, the United States, Germany or Austria do not have to register as new drivers on Ontario. You will be issued a Ontario license of equivalent class for the regular cost of the license for the designated period. Written, vision and driving tests are required if your previous license has been expired for over one year. For those moving here from Switzerland, you will be issued a Ontario license of equivalent class for the regular cost of the license for the designated period once a vision test is completed.

 Once you receive your Ontario license your original license is invalid. In Canada and the US, your license will be returned to your former jurisdiction. If you are moving here from a foreign jurisdiction, your out-of-country driver’s license will be kept on file with the Registrar of the Highway Safety Division for possible subsequent return.

 For more information about obtaining a Ontario Driver’s license visit the below site. Information about driving laws and regulations, traffic rules, vehicle registration and inspections is also available online.

 Import Taxes and Duties

The federal Canada Customs and Revenue Agency oversees the importation of items from other countries and the collection of taxes and duties on those items. Visit their website for:

information for settling in Canada or coming to Canada to study or work
information about postal imports
answers to frequently asked questions
Importing Vehicles

Vehicles purchased in other countries may not necessarily be approved for registration and use in Canada. Visit the Transport Canada website for current information on bringing vehicles into Canada.

 Income Security

Governments at the federal, provincial and municipal level help people who are unable to provide for themselves and their families.

 Special programs help people in different circumstances, such as:

raising children (Canada Child Tax Benefit),
retirement (Canada Pension, Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement),
job-related injuries (Workers’ Compensation),
the loss of a job (Employment Insurance),
longer-term unemployment (Social Assistance).
Most of these benefits are for people in specific circumstances and must be applied for individually if the qualifications are met.

 Gun Owners

In order to bring firearms into Canada, they must be registered with the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC). Important information for Canadians who have been living out of the country and who are returning to Canada with firearms, or non-residents who are moving to Canada with firearms is available on the CFC website.

 Voting in Elections or Running for Public Office

 Federal Government

To vote in a federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old. To run for public office in a federal election you must be a Canadian citizen.

 Provincial Government is regulated by the Provincial Election Act

 Qualification of Candidates:

is 18 years of age, or will attain that age on or before ordinary polling day;
is a Canadian citizen;
has been ordinarily resident within the meaning of section 22 or 23
in the province for the 6 months immediately preceding the date of the writ, and
in the polling division on the date of the writ.1996, c.12, s.20. A resident of the Town for a period of one year preceding the date of nominations.

Qualification of Electors:

is 18 years of age, or will attain that age on or before ordinary polling day;
is a Canadian citizen;
has been ordinarily resident within the meaning of section 22 or 23
in the province for the 6 months immediately preceding the date of the writ, and
in the polling division on the date of the writ.1996, c.12, s.20.
Municipal Government is regulated by the Municipalities Act

 Qualifications for Councillors:

not less than 18 years of age;
a Canadian citizen;
a resident of the Town for a period of one year preceding the date of nominations.
Qualifications for Electors:

not less than 18 years of age;
a Canadian citizen;
a resident of the Town for a period of six months preceding the date of Election.

 

Important:  This information guide does not contain visa information. We recommend that you order one of the immigration guides listed  http://www.hinenimedia.memberlodge.org or use our services for settllement available in Spanish, English and French . For detailed Canada citizenship, PR Cards, self help immigration documents and Canada visa information.

Proceso para la Obtención de Visas

 Introducción al Proceso para la Obtención de Visas

Este artículo ofrece una guía básica sobre el trámite para obtener la visa para Canada.

Canada requiere de información básica sobre sus visitantes: quiénes son, cuándo llegan y cuándo se van. Esta información se obtiene por medio de la emisión de la visa. La mayor parte de los ciudadanos de países extranjeros necesitan visa para entrar a Canada, pero la mayoría de las personas que desea visitar Canada puede obtenerlas.

En 2004 casi las tres cuartas partes de todos los solicitantes de una visa a Canada la consiguieron. Una mayoría aún más grande de quienes solicitaron visa de estudiante – alrededor del 80 por ciento – fueron aprobados.
Adicionalmente, Canada tuvo un aumento del 12 por ciento en la cantidad de viajeros de negocios y de turismo y un aumento del cuatro por ciento en la cifra de estudiantes que vinieron como visitantes no-inmigrantes el año pasado.

Visas

La visa es una autorización que le permite a usted solicitar entrada a un país a través de sus fronteras. Conforme a la ley canadiense, la responsabilidad de emitir las visas corresponde al Departamento de Estado. Uno de sus funcionarios consulares, tras examinar sus documentos y realizar una breve entrevista, decide si usted califica para recibir una visa, un proceso llamado “adjudicación”. La decisión de los funcionarios consulares es final en todos los casos de visa.

De la misma manera en que la solicitud no garantiza que usted consiga una visa, la visa no le garantiza a usted la entrada a Canada. Simplemente indica que un funcionario consular ha revisado su solicitud y ha determinado que usted es elegible para viajar desde su país a un puerto de entrada en Canada con un propósito específico.

En el puerto de entrada un funcionario de inmigración decide si se le otorga entrada a Canada. Sólo un oficial de inmigración tiene la autoridad para permitirle la entrada. Es muy raro, sin embargo, que se le niegue entrada a un viajero que tiene una visa válida.

El proceso

Para obtener una visa de entrada a Canada, usted debe comenzar llenando el formulario de solicitud. Comuníquese con la embajada de Canada en su país para concertar una cita. Lleve su solicitud, pasaporte, una fotografía y documentos complementarios a la embajada o al consulado, donde lo entrevistarán sobre el propósito de su visita. También debe pagar el arancel aplicable, actualmente algunos $130 dólares. La visa le permite viajar a un puerto de entrada en Canada donde un funcionario volverá a examinar sus documentos de viaje antes de otorgarle permiso para entrar al país.

Ha habido poco cambio en ese trámite sencillo desde los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001 en USA, aunque hubo cambios en varios procedimientos para atender preocupaciones de seguridad más grandes:

Casi todas las personas que solicitan visa deben tener una entrevista personal con un oficial consular. Previamente los oficiales consulares podían no aplicar el requisito de la presentación personal y algunos agentes de viaje podían presentar las solicitudes de sus clientes. Dado que esto ya no es así, el Departamento de Estado atraves de Inmigracion Canada ha aumentado considerablemente el número de oficiales consulares y se ha esforzado por mejorar los sistemas de programación de entrevistas.

Se han instalado sistemas tecnológicos para compartir electrónicamente legajos con visas e información policial y de listas de vigilancia, así como para rastrear el registro de estudiantes. Desde 2004 ha mejorado enormemente la tecnología, la consolidación de bancos de datos y la corrección de problemas dentro de estos sistemas y se han reducido los atrasos. Por ejemplo todos los barcos y aviones en ruta hacia Canada pasando por  Estados Unidos entregan a funcionarios federales de inmigración la información sobre la identidad de todos los pasajeros.

Los pasajeros que normalmente necesitarían visa para entrar a Canada ahora deben tenerla incluso si se hallan sólo en tránsito, viajando en una línea que hace escalas en Estados Unidos o en camino hacia otro destino.

Planificar con tiempo: la espera

Es muy importante planificar con anticipación e iniciar el trámite de solicitud de visa tan pronto como se comienza la planificación del viaje. Lleva tiempo llenar los formularios, juntar los documentos que necesitará mostrar al funcionario consular y concertar la entrevista.

Debido a que sus circunstancias y las de cada solicitante son únicas, el trámite – y el tiempo involucrado – varía. Las personas que desean estudiar o trabajar a Canada, por ejemplo, deben llenar formularios adicionales y presentar más documentación que los turistas.

De la misma manera, el tiempo promedio de espera para concertar una entrevista varía según los países.
Si usted es estudiante o viajero de negocios, consulte para concertar citas más rápidas.

La entrevista

Es sumamente importante que usted se prepare bien para su entrevista de visa.

No sólo debe llevar completo un formulario de solicitud, el recibo de que ha pagado el arancel de la solicitud, su pasaporte válido y una fotografía que reúne ciertos requisitos, sino que también debe presentar documentación que muestra que usted se propone regresar a su país de origen al final de su estadía.

Si usted solicita una visa de estudiante, también debe tener un recibo que muestre que su arancel de la organizacion patrocinadora ha sido pagado.

El oficial consular le hará una breve entrevista, durante la cual se le pedirá que explique sus razones para visitar Canada y examinará sus documentos.

Al final de la entrevista se le dirá si su solicitud ha sido aprobada o denegada. La mayor parte de las visas aprobadas se entregan en el plazo no mas largo de 4 semanas. Sin embargo, si hay preocupaciones de seguridad, podría llevar varias semanas mas resolver la cuestión por medio de averiguaciones adicionales.

En caso de que se le niegue la visa, usted siempre puede volver a solicitarla con documentación adicional, pero cada vez que lo haga tendrá que pagar el arancel de visa no reembolsable de 130 dólares.

Rechazo de la visa

La razón más común para denegar una visa es la incapacidad de demostrar la fortaleza de sus lazos con su país de origen, que hagan altamente improbable que usted trate de permanecer ilegalmente en Canada. La negacion por lazos, “Lazos” son los diversos aspectos de su vida que lo atan a su país de residencia. Este requisito de probar que usted tiene una residencia en el extranjero y que usted no tiene intención de abandonarla es parte de la ley canadiense, la Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad.

Usted puede demostrar su intención de regresar a su país mostrando cosas que le obliguen a dejar Canada al final de una estadía temporal: un empleo o inscripción en un programa académico en su país de origen, miembros de la familia que todavía viven allí; tenencia de propiedades sustanciales como una casa o dinero en una cuenta bancaria local, etc. No hay un grupo definido de documentos que usted deba presentar al funcionario consular o un conjunto de circunstancias que garanticen la emisión de la visa, pero los hechos de su argumento deben ser convincentes. La ley pone en usted el peso de la prueba para satisfacer este requisito de residencia en el extranjero.

Si se le niega una visa por no probar que usted regresará a su país y luego sus circunstancias cambian, o si usted ha juntado más evidencia de sus lazos, podría volver a solicitarla, pero se le volverá a cobrar el arancel de solicitud.

Los oficiales consulares tienen conocimiento de las diferencias culturales y sociales que pueden definir lazos en diferentes países y entienden que los solicitantes más jóvenes pueden no haber tenido la oportunidad de establecer muchos vínculos financieros importantes. Ellos consideran todas estas circunstancias al adjudicar las visas.

Otras razones de negación de visa incluyen tener una enfermedad contagiosa, antecedentes delictivos o asociación con actividades terroristas.

Importante: La información en esta página fue provista por el Departamento de Estado. Ninguna información provista en esta página debe ser considerada como asesoramiento legal. Por esta razón se le aconseja al lector que consulte con un abogado o agencia especializada antes de hacer cualquier diligencia para visitar o migrar a Canada.