4 Steps for Canadian Employers to hire Foreign Workers

Work in the US as a CanadianLet’s have a closer look at the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. The program is another government’s instrument through which Canadian employers are able to bring foreign workers to the country or to hire those who are already in Canada to fill temporarily labor shortages.

The program can be sought by Canadian employers for up to four (4) years.

Qualified foreign workers already in Canada

Foreign workers who already obtained employment in Canada and whose existing job contract with another employer is expiring may be hired.

The requisites are:

  • The foreign worker is already in Canada.
  • The foreign worker is working with another employer.
  • The foreign worker’s existing job contract with a different employer is about to be completed, or the worker has an open work permit that permits him or her to work for any Canadian employers.

Processing of applications

  • The processing period differs depending on the where or how the application was sought
  • The application process is the responsibility of a foreign worker, not the employer. However the employer may need to apply for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

Prerequisites for employers

Any employer cannot outrightly hire a worker under Temporary Foreign Worker Program without first qualifying from certain criteria and requirements set forth by law.


Labor Market Opinion (LMO)

A labor market opinion (LMO) is usually required of a Canadian employer to hire foreign workers, subject to the exception of certain jobs that do not require an LMO. An LMO can be obtained from Service Canada for the following:

  • for a particular worker or position, or
  • for pre-approval for a series of employment positions, which mostly apply when recruiting for a large number of foreign workers.

4 Steps to hire a temporary foreign worker

As an employer, you may bring foreign workers to Canada in four (4) steps.

  1. First thing to do is determine whether you need to file an application for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO). Canadian employers commonly retain an immigration lawyer to perform the tasks from assessment to the issuance of the proper work permits to prospective foreign employers whom employers seek to hire.  The skilled immigration lawyers at Niren and Associates have been processing permits and visas for Canadian employers on behalf of foreign workers for over 15 years. If you like to ensure the success of your plan to hire workers abroad, you should call 1-866-929-0991 or use the form on the right.
  2. If required, you may apply for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada. Upon receiving from Service Canada a positive LMO, you will have to send specific documents to the prospective foreign worker who will use those documents in applying for a work permit. The alien worker you seek to hire will include the following in his or her application for a work permit:
    1. the confirmation letter of the positive LMO
    2. your written job offer
    3. a signed contract in some cases
  3. Get your prospective foreign worker fill out and complete the work permit application. In cases when employers retain an immigration lawyer, they just leave this task to their attorneys, and benefit from the hassle-free method of hiring foreign workers.
  4. An officer at Canada Border Services Agency, if the worker is qualified, will issue the work permit at the port of entry at the time the foreign worker comes to Canada.

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Employers who are looking to hire foreign workers will receive a competent immigration service from the experienced immigration lawyers of Niren and Associates, a firm that has been in the business for over 15 years.

Call 1-866 929 0991  for the quick assessment of your case or use the form on the right.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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