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Work Visas and Immigration Visa in Canada


Work Visas and Immigration Visa in Canada  
  • Work Visa and Permanent Visa Options in Canada 
  • Hints for Work Visa / Immigration Visa Documentations
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Temporary Work Visa:

For many people entering the workforce, this is the visa of choice. One benefit is that it can often be obtained in a very short time. To oversimplify the requirements, an TW visa can be applied for if you have at least a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher, and the position in which you will work requires at least a four-year degree. The general requirements for the TW visa are set forth on the CIC website. These visas used to be easy to obtain; nowadays nothing is easy to obtain from the CIC ( Canada Immigration). This firm is familiar with all aspects of applying for TW visas, including ensuring that the job description meets the TW visa requirements, the prevailing wage is properly met, and the applicant meets the legal requirements. We also set it up to lay a foundation for a later permanent visa, should you want one. TW visas can be issued for up to two years at a time, to a maximum of three years. Many people use that three years to obtain Canadian permanent residency, and the TW (Temporary Work Visa) is a good platform from which to do so.

Another benefit of the TW visa, at least for university teaching positions, is that in some instances the same job, even the same advertising campaign and search committee process, can be the basis for both a successful TW application and a permanent resident visa application. This is explained more fully under some universities Faculty  and should be carefully examined, so that a great opportunity is not lost. 

Visa Waiver for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability:

For some, another work visa option is the  Visa for Foreign People of Extraordinary Ability. This visa category is available to those whose accomplishments are truly outstanding, as shown by a higher level of accomplishment than their peers in such areas as the quality and number of their publications and the prestige of the journals in which they are published, the number and importance of reviews the applicant has performed on the work of others, the amount of salary, receipt of prominent awards, presentations at prestigious colloquia, membership in prestigious organizations, articles about the applicant, and major contributions made by the applicant in his or her field of endeavor, among others. Extensive documentation must be provided, to prove a level of sustained national, and sometimes international, acclaim. 

This visa requires a lot more than merely submitting a copy of one’s C.V. and a few letters from colleagues stating that the individual is of high caliber. For an example of how difficult these applications can be, check these administrative decisions that show the grounds for rejection, even of very highly accomplished individuals. Our linked law firm stays abreast of the requirements for successful WV visa applications, and understands how to “package” one’s accomplishments in a way that is palatable to the immigration authorities. One benefit of the WV visa category is that successful applicants will have laid a good foundation for a permanent visa based, for instance an Outstanding Professor or Researcher application, or an Extraordinary Ability Application. 

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TN Visa:

Certain professionals from U.S. and Mexico qualify for TN or “Treaty NAFTA” visas, valid for one year, renewable for as long as the individual continues to qualify. To oversimplify, the visa is issued to those with at least a Bachelor’s degree, in a position that requires a Bachelor’s degree. It cannot be used for self-employment. One qualification is that the individual must maintain a residence in, and must prove an intent to return to, his or her homeland in U.S. or Mexico. Filing an application for AEO Certification,  or for Permanent Residence demonstrates an intention to remain in Canada, and can lead to prompt termination of TN status. For U.S., TN visas are faster and easier to obtain than SW visas and are often useful as intermediate visas; for Mexicans they are almost as difficult as SW visas to obtain and often, but not always, are not worth the trouble.

International Treaties such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), or the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS);


Employment Opinion (AEO) Certification

Canada Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) to CIC factors into the assessment of a Skilled Worker application for Permanent Residency that no qualified Canadian wants the job that you want as the basis for your permanent visa. AEO is not required for TW, Business Class, or Religious nonimmigrant visas. AEO for professionals is only required if you are seeking a Permanent Resident Visa (“Resident Card”). AEO cetification is a complex process. AEO requires the full cooperation of your employer; the application must be filed by an employer who wants to hire you on a permanent basis. The employer must engage in a campaign of advertising that is designed to locate qualified Canadian workers; if no qualified, willing and able Canadian workers apply; and if the job requirements set forth in the ad are not unfair to Canadian. workers (citizens and resident card holders); and if the salary is in keeping with the level of the work; and other requirements are met; the HRSDC issues a AEO. With this, and proof that you meet the qualifications for the job, you can apply for permanent residency. The rules for advertising for AEO certification are complicated and they vary, depending on which of the three approaches is used: Regular AEO Certification, Reduction in Recruitment, or Special Handling AEO Certification. They also vary province-by-province and by regions within Canada. These rules are about to undergo extensive reworking when Canada HRSDC promulgates “WORK” regulations, after 2003. If you can apply prior to that time, it may be more beneficial, particularly for college faculty positions.


AEO for College, university Faculty or Research Associates:

For those of you who obtain a full-time position at a high institution either a college or an university, whether a research position or a teaching position, that involves teaching at least one college level class, you may qualify for the fastest AEO Certification process, “Special Handling”. For others, you may qualify for the second-fastest, “Reduction in Recruitment”. If you presently have an TW visa, you should promptly determine whether your present position may also qualify you for a AEO certificate, for two important reasons. First, there are strict time limits within which your application must be filed, for Reduction in Recruitment 6 months, for Special Handling positions 18 months. Second, the WORK regulations will eliminate the special handling program for college faculty. The point is – don’t delay in finding out if your newly-acquired job, or the job you got 17 months ago on a temporary visa, might also be the basis for your permanent residency. 

Permanent Visa without AEO Certification:

There are three ways of obtaining permanent residency without having to first offer the position to a Canadian worker – and all three depend on proving that you are such a desirable individual, that the government should not require you to do so.

Outstanding Researchers and Professors and Applicants of Extraordinary Ability:
As a broad, general observation, the requirements for these categories are the same as for the Special visa. In actual practice, the degree of “outstanding” or “extraordinary” caliber you need to prove for a nonimmigrant (i.e. temporary) Special visa, is lower than for the issuance of permanent residency under these similarly-worded programs. Also, you must be in a tenured or tenure-track position. 

National Interest Waivers:
In addition to meeting similar requirements for the categories immediately above, National Interest Waivers may be issued to individuals who have ten years of experience in their field, whose work benefits  Canada, whose work has substantial intrinsic merit, and who can demonstrate that Canada would be adversely affected if a AEO certification were required. These are difficult to obtain, but under the right circumstances are a viable option.

TW Waivers:
Some TW visa holders are required to return to their homeland for two years before being allowed to change to another visa status. One avenue worth considering is a waiver of this two-year return requirement.

Which path is for me?

It is very hard to generalize about your options under Canada immigration law, because there are so many variables: One variable is your present visa status. If your international student visa is about to run out, the lack of time may limit your options, requiring you to seek a visa that is quick to obtain, and applying for residency later on. If your on a tourist or business visa and is about to run out, before you can change visa status it may be advisable to verify whether you are bound by the two year return requirement by asking for an Advisory Opinion from an attorney before approaching CIC.

Another variable is the willingness of your employer to file an application for your permanent resident visa. Very often, employers want to have you work for them for a while on TW or internship (“TW“) or an Work Visa (WV) before they will agree to sponsor you for a permanent position. Another variable is what part of the country you will be working in, because this determines which Immigration center will adjudicate your petition, and the processing times vary widely at these Canadian Centers.
If you qualify for TW or W internship, you have one year during which to position yourself for your next work visa. Some of you will be able to go directly from a student visa to a permanent visa (“resident card”). You are more likely to require an intermediate visa between your student visa and your permanent visa, such as an TW visa or SK visa.

Premium Processing 

SK visas are taking two to seven months to process, depending on where you will be working in Canada, and thus which of the Service Centers will handle your application. If you pay an extra and file a form , the immigration authorities will process your case in two weeks. Business Class visas can also receive this accelerated treatment.
If you are in  International student status on TW, you must receive your SW change of status approval notice prior to the last day of validity of your TW document, or you will have to stop working until you receive it. (Or you can file for Premium Processing and pay an extra to accelerate the process and get a result in under two weeks).

The information herein is of a general nature and may not apply to any particular set of facts or circumstances, nor should this information be construed as legal advice. For an evaluation about your case, please consult with an immigration attorney.


Marisol Diaz has been writing on legal research and Canada immigration law since 2006.

NOTE: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.

Positions Currently Recruiting

Ministry of Mission prides itself on recruiting the highest caliber volunteers and uses a formal screening process that includes completing an application form, finger printing and a security check. This ensures the safety of our residents and helps maintain the integrity of our programs.

Volunteer Opportunities are available to individuals of all ages, from youths to seniors. A variety of volunteer positions exist MoM divisions including Bookkeeper-Non-Profit Ontario, Non-Profit Fundraising Campaign Workers
Short Term Missions Coordinator,Computer skills training and literacy courses Trainer. Volunteer positions range from maintenance workers, to data entry clerks, to special event coordinators and ambassadors. When a potential volunteer contacts MoM and offers their skills, we make every effort to match them with an area where their skills and qualifications may be best utilized.  Fill out an Application Form (PDF) and email it to Maria Garcia at
Note: Some Volunteer Opportunities may or may not use the above Application Form.  To find out, click on the Volunteer Position you are interested in below.

For general information about Volunteer Opportunities, please contact the City’s Community Programs Supervisor, Eve Kelso at (416).244.3699. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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  • Non-Profit Fundraising Campaign Workers in Ontario…
  • Short Term Missions Coordinator (Canada)
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  • Canada: From Work Permit To Permanent Residence

    Working temporarily in Canada can be used as a step towards gaining residence and settling here permanently.

    If your talents are needed by Canadian employers, or you have exceptional talent in the arts, culture or sports, you can apply to work in Canada under our Work to Residence category.

    The rules for residing and working in Canada depend on your country of origin and the purpose and length of your stay in Canada. There are separate rules for USA and Mexican citizens, EU/EEA citizens, and citizens of other countries.

    Canada work opportunities

    For general information, advice and links to do with finding work in Canada, take a look at the work opportunities section of our Living in Canada: a Guide for Migrants.


    Find out about the different Work to Residence policies, and the requirements that you will need to meet to get a Work to Residence visa and/or permit.

    How to apply
    Start the application process.

    After you are accepted
    If you are already in Canada on a Work to Residence permit, after two years you can apply for residence.

    If you have been in Canada for a while and your circumstances have changed, find out how your visa or permit may be affected.

    If you have your Work to Residence visa and you want to find out what to do to prepare for departure and what to expect when you arrive, take a look at our I’m accepted – tell me more pages.

    Job Opportunities for Ethnic Minority Students & Graduates

    People from ethnic minorities are no longer automatically disadvantaged in modern Canada,  athough racism still exists, progress on promoting racial equality in the last decade helped to create a society that is more comfortable with diversity than ever before, “Canada today is not the same place as it was a decade ago”.

    It is evident throughout the professions. Ethnic minority students in Canada are winning places in top and diverse firms only to be channelled into less commercial areas of technology, health, law, broadcasting, investment banking, teaching, the police and the and Civil Service. They work hard to qualify. They work hard to get training contracts. Just like all locals born students do. Only to find themselves caught in the centre of a corporate maze, where all the exit routes are career dead ends. They have neither the contacts nor the networks that other local students have. But social media and networking groups are helping to change that. And they have an important role to play.

    So just how Black , Asian or White are certain professions? Here we present some  tips for you as ethnic and visible minority get a job opportunity.

    Use your background positively

    Hineni Settlment services   can help you create a positive CV that really makes the most of your experience and skills. For more advice on career planning and job-hunting techniques,  You can also  visit  Ministry of Mission  to see what advice and support I offer. Hineni  Firm advice and guide on getting a summer jobs and have details of graduate student training schemes for foreigners with a variety of Canadian employers.

    Get into  a paid summer work experience programme or summer internships.

    There is  a number of schemes, which offer a variety of work experience, skills training and career development programmes.

    Useful links

    Hineni Media  sells  a employment  listing directory which 50% profits goes to Ministry of Mission    . The directory  that has over 250 companies from numerous Canadian sectors offering job opportunities only to ethnic minority graduates .

    Canada Employment Outlook 2010: Top Fields for Foreign Trained Job Hunters

    I am posting this Manpower Report here as it might be of interest to jobseekers and career practitioners.

    Manpower survey of more than 1,900 employers in Canada reveals subdued Canadian labour market in Q1 2010. Full report  CLICK HERE

    Canadian employers forecast subdued labor market in Q1 2010. 15% of employers expect to increase headcount, 13% anticipate a decrease and 70% predict no change.

    Top fields for Foreign Trained Job Hunters:

    Health Care
    Corporate Finance and Accounting

    Rermember that finding a job is based on who you know. “Opportunities happen when you meet and contact people.”

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    We also offer relocation services for Canada and providing employment and immigration solutions for individuals relocating or seeking jobs in Canada .

    Tips on Finding a Job in Canada

     To be successful in Canada, you must have the job-search tools and the know-how to compete head-to-head successfully with an Canadian applicant.

    If you plan to go to Canada  as a temporary-worker, you must prove to Canadian immigration that you are not replacing the talents of an Canadian worker and that no other Canadian worker could do what you do or wants to do what you do. The most critical element of your Canada job search is knowing which industries you are most likely to be hired.

    However, as technology developes the Canadian workplace, some of the traditional good jobs’ that overseas workers were previously able to secure in Canada are in less and less demand.

    According to the service Canada website, jobs sectors such as farmers, garment sewing machine operators, private household cleaners, typists and word processors, bookkeepers, accountants, audit clerks and bank tellers have already been in decline, and will continue to stagnate to the point of offering limited job opportunities in the years to come.

    These employment positions have deteriorated as world industries harmonize their labor force needs and rely on the computer or outsourcing to do the work once accomplished in  Canada. Needless to say, you probably shouldn’t look to Canada for this kind of work. Instead, do your homework and open an atlas.

    The key to getting to Canada faster is by finding employers that truly need you. You should determine which Canadian Provinces are in desperate need of your type of experience. Do some research on hot or in-demand jobs, and which fields are in rapid expansion mode and cannot get enough people to feed the demand for talent.

     Look for employment trends province-by-province through the Internet or here .  If you would like more information about current Canada job news and more effective insider tips for landing a job in Canada, please visit

    Marisol Diaz  is an established author and international career consultant. She is also the founder and president of , publisher of international employment self-help manuals. She can be reached at or Tel: 1-647.448.2052

    Visa de Trabajo y Vacaciones – Canada

    Acérquese y explore las distintas posibilidades que Canadá le ofrece: viajes extraordinarios, oportunidades de estudio, un clima dinámico de negocios, y una cálida bienvenida para inmigrantes, así como una biblioteca especializada en estudios canadienses.

    Emigrar a Canadá – conozca más acerca del proceso de inmigración

    Estudiar en Canadá – descubra las posibilidades que Canadá ofrece a estudiantes de todos los niveles

    Trabajar en Canadá – cómo tramitar un permiso para trabajar en Canadá

    Visitar Canadá – conozca Canadá con sus propios ojos

    Solicitud para un documento de viaje – residentes permanentes de regreso

    Cuotas – cuánto cuestan los trámites de visas y permisos

    Hacer negocios con Canadá – información para empresarios y gente de negocios
    Quiere trabajar o  conseguir empleo en Canada ? Aqui le ponemos los pasos generales que se toman en la mayoria de las provincias para obtener el permiso
    de trabajo o ( work permit)

    Los pasos para conseguir un permiso de trabajo son:

    1)    Conseguir un empleador que lo quiera contratar

    2)    El empleador debe tener o debe conseguir un Labour Market Opinion (LMO):

    a.    El LMO es un permiso que el empleador le pide al gobierno para poder contratar a un foráneo.
    b.    El empleador o patron puede pedir un formato LMO en la siguiente página web:
    c.    El LMO estipula el tipo de empleo, pago, horas y beneficios que el trabajador va a tener. d.    El LMO debe incluir su nombre: Si la empresa ya tiene LMO, entonces hay que añadir su nombre. Si no tiene LMO, la empresa pide uno nombrándolo a usted. Toda la información para obtener un LMO esta en esta página:
    e.    Hay LMOs que salen en 2 o 5 días, apresurando así el proceso. Estos se llaman “expedited LMO” y es solo para un cierto número de ocupaciones. La aplicación que debe llenar el empleadores para este tipo de LMO esta en la siguiente página (también incluye una lista de ocupaciones): 

    3)    Puede que requiera un examen médico. Este examen solo lo puede hacer un doctor autorizado por Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Para una lista de estos doctores en su país o en Canadá vaya a la siguiente página:

    4)    Va a requerir un pasado de antecedentes no penales de su país y de cualquier otro país en donde haya vivido por más de seis meses después de haber cumplido los 18 años de edad. Para instrucciones vaya a:

    5)    El empleador debe darle una copia del LMO (este puede tardar entre 5 días y 2 meses en salir, y todo depende de la ocupación para la que va a trabajar)

    6)    Con copia del LMO, un contrato firmado (el contrato debe de prometer las mismas condiciones que las del LMO), carta de oferta de trabajo, antecedentes no penales, pruebas de que cumple los requisitos del trabajo (esto puede incluir certificados de graduación de la preparatoria/bachillerato, y cartas de recomendación de antiguos empleadores) debe pedir el permiso de trabajo DESDE FUERA DE CANADA.

    a.    Si es visitante/turista en Canadá tiene que salir del país.
    b.    Si proviene de un país que requiera visa para entrar a Canadá (Colombia, Chile, Perú, Ecuador, Guatemala, etc.) debe hacer la aplicación en la embajada de Canadá en su país.
    c.    Si proviene de un país que no requiera visa para entrar a Canadá (México, España), puede pedir el permiso al entrar a Canadá (aeropuerto, puerto marítimo, o frontera con E.U). Pero primero debe salir del país y luego al entrar pedir el permiso


    ♦    Puede obtener empleo por medio de una agencia mediadora o reclutadora, pero tenga mucho cuidado con quien trata
    ♦    No le pueden cobrar por conseguirle el empleo o el permiso sino por informacion o consulta.  Las agencias que le cobren por conseguirle el permiso lo están haciendo ilegalmente y solo se presta para problemas en el futuro: ¡no se arriesgue!
    ♦    El contrato que firme con esta agencia no puede prohibirle renunciar antes del término de su permiso. Si en el contrato existe una cláusula prohibiéndole la renuncia a menos de que pague una suma de dinero, ese contrato es ilegal. 
    ♦    No le crea a ninguna agencia o empleador que le garantice la residencia permanente (nada es 100% seguro).
    ♦    No firme ningún contrato en español que no sea idéntico al de ingles (asegúrese de que tengan el mismo número de cláusulas, y pida la opinión de otra persona bilingüe)
    ♦    Siempre pida copia del LMO (Labour Market Opinion)
    ♦    Ninguna agencia de colocación o empleador lo puede deportar. Si tratan de hacerlo eso es equivalente a un secuestro y puede denunciarlos ante la policía.

    Aun con todos los papeles en orden, el oficial de inmigración a la entrada del país le puede deportar.

    Aprenda sobre los derechos del trabajador y las posibilidades de residencia permanente antes de firmar un contrato para que no se lleve sorpresas desagradables.

    – Para más información sobre como obtener empleo en Canadá vaya a:
     NO se atiende a los visitantes, turistas o solicitantes de refugio. Solo a los trabajadores con permiso de trabajo y a sus familias.

    Para consultarnos sin ningún costo sobre este y otros articulos contacte a:

    Marisol Diaz @  647.448.2052

    Las  guías y subscripcion   con listados de empleo/trabajo  en formato Adobe Acrobat PDF o bajo subscripcion son actualizadas si es necesario antes de enviarla de manera que la información siempre es la más reciente.  Es decir, si hay algun cambio a los reglamentos de inmigración o alguna noticia relevante al tema lo incluiremos en su  guía.