300,000 people had the chance of starting a new life in Canada in 2019. For many, the prospect of working in the True North with its higher earning potential and viable job opportunities was all they needed to take the plunge. If you find yourself in the same boat and want to work in Canada, keep reading to find out how to apply for a Canadian work visa. In addition, we break down who is eligible to apply, and what requirements could be the make or break between you and a work visa to Canada.
What is a Work Visa?
A work visa is issued to eligible foreign nationals to work in Canada. It’s important to note that this visa is usually time sensitive-so only valid for a certain period or for as long as you are employed with the company who gave you a job offer when you applied. While we’re on the subject, a valid job offer from a Canadian company is usually a prerequisite in order to apply for this visa.
Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility
Before you even think about applying for a work visa in Canada, you need to establish whether or not you would be an eligible applicant. The eligible candidates include but are not limited to students, caregivers, business people, agriculture workers, and temporary workers.
Step 2: Get Familiar with the Requirements
Even if you fall into one of the occupations stated above, you will still need to comply with a set of requirements in order to apply for a work visa in Canada. This includes but is not limited to:
- show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during
- your stay in Canada and to return home
- have no record of criminal activity
- not be a danger to Canada’s security
- be in good health
- not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions
- not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
- give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country
Step 3: Find a Reputable Immigration Company
One of the most important factors in your journey to Canada lies heavily in the hands of the immigration company you choose to assist you with the process. Thousands of people make their way to Canada in search of work each month, and fraudulent companies are taking advantage of this opportunity to scam innocent applicants out of thousands of dollars.
There are a few identifying components of a trustworthy and legitimate company. This includes but is not limited to: regulated, listed RCIC’s, an updated and well-designed website, an effort across social media platforms, as well as transparency across all forms of communication. A reputable company will be able to help you through every step of the application process right up until the submission thereof.
Step 4: Wait it Out
You’ve applied for a work visa in Canada, now what? The truth is, the processing time of work visa applicants varies between applicants. You might be asked to submit further documentation like medical or police clearance which could affect the processing time of your application.
How We Can Help
At Canadian Visa, you can enlist the help of government trusted, experienced and professional RCIC’s (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants). Our immigration consultants have assisted many people to move to Canada and will try their best to help you to do the same. Start your journey today.