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Canadian Employer Options for Hiring Foreign Workers
When you hire a foreign worker, one of your primary concerns is to help them get through the entire immigration process as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a country that has always welcomed foreign workers with open arms, Canada has many different options for employers to hire foreign talents.
These pathways serve the local economy's needs and help employers strengthen their workforce by bringing in talented individuals worldwide.
Employers can hire foreign workers for both temporary and permanent job positions.
The options detailed below will help you choose the best course of action for you and your employee to collaborate and work together in Canada.
Hiring Permanent Employees
Express Entry can make hiring skilled foreign workers more straightforward for employers and workers. Employers can make a job offer thru the Express Entry system to support the applicant's permanent resident application. Once their permanent residency application is submitted, the process is usually completed within six months by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The Express Entry system is broken into three immigration programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program
This option applies when you intend to hire an employee for a position that would be considered skilled according to the NOC system, and you have not been able to find an employee locally to fill that vacancy.
You can choose the Canadian Express Class to support temporary foreign workers who have Canadian experience. This is incredibly helpful if you currently employ TFW and wants to offer them permanent full-time employment.
Federal Skilled Trades Program
This system can be used for individuals who qualify to be skilled trades and wish to become Canadian residents. As an employer in Canada, you can hire skilled tradespersons internationally through this program if you have failed to do so locally.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow employers to hire employees from abroad based on their needs. This includes positions that are usually considered lower or semi-skilled.
Many Canadian provinces face labour shortages locally, and PNPs can fast-track the hiring process and help them get access to international workers efficiently.
Quebec does not have a Provincial Nominee Program. However, the province has its own Quebec Skilled Worker immigration pathway.
Hiring Temporary Employees
Employing foreign employees on a Temporary basis is most certainly the fastest alternative in most circumstances. We're talking weeks, maybe even days, between the moment you make the job offer and the time your workers can be in Canada helping you. Employers can hire either thru the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.
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