If you cannot find qualified Canadians or Permanent Residents to meet the needs in your work force and opt to offer a permanent job to a foreign worker, you may do so with a valid job offer to an Express Entry candidate. This can enable the candidate to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker.
Express Entry is a system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage applications for certain economic immigration programs, which include:
IRCC has made some changes to Express Entry, including the number of Comprehensive Ranking System points that a candidate will be awarded for valid job offers, as well as a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions for certain jobs. These changes now make it easier for businesses to find candidates through Express Entry to meet labour shortages, and for skilled workers to secure job offers.
Skilled work includes management jobs, professional jobs that require a degree from a university, or technical jobs and skilled trades that require a college diploma or training as an apprentice, listed under Skill Type 0 and Skill Level A and B in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
To hire an Express Entry candidate, employers are required to use the same recruiting and hiring practices that are currently being used to hire any foreign worker. That is, an employer will first make efforts to try and find a Canadian or Permanent Resident to fill the job and meet some requirements, including posting a job advertisement on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, and advertising in two other places. Once this is done and the employer still cannot find a qualified Canadian or Permanent Resident, then the employer will have to:
It should be noted that an LMIA is not required if:
1. the candidate is already working temporarily in Canada for you or your company in an NOC 0, A or B job, and you:
2. the candidate
If the candidate falls under any of the above categories, the candidate can create an Express Entry profile or update an existing profile to include the:
While the application for permanent residence is being processed, candidates not already working in Canada are expected to submit a separate temporary work permit application and pay the required processing fee for them to legally work in Canada, but if they are already working, then they are permitted to continue working temporarily in Canada. These processes may appear easy but having an immigration lawyer to assist in the application processes, will make a huge difference. We can assist you with your application if you require any legal assistance.