If you live in the Bahamas and are interested in moving to Canada in search of employment then we are here to tell you that there is no better time to do so – Canada’s economy is thriving and in search of fresh new additions in order to grow even more. For years, Canada and the Bahamas have enjoyed a multifaceted relationship by working closely in multilateral forums. Above all, the Bahamian community in Canada is ever-growing and many have been able to gain financial stability and success in Canada.
What are the eligibility requirements to work in Canada?
In order to gain a work permit in Canada, you will need to check the eligibility requirements first. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), there are certain occupations which do not require a visa. It would be worth your while to have a look at the list provided for surety. The set requirements in order to apply are as follows:
You will need to
- prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires,
- show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home,
- obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (we may ask you to give us a police clearance certificate),
- not be a danger to Canada’s security,
- be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed,
- 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,
- not have worked in Canada for one or more periods that total four years after April 1, 2011 (with some exceptions), and
- give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.
Finding a Job in Canada
It is not enough to get a work permit alone, you may also need to find a job before deciding to relocate. The best way to do this would be to search online and undergo Skype interviews. It is important to note that Canada is predominantly English and French-speaking so you may need to brush up on your command of either language as well as get your credentials checked beforehand. If you are successful in this pursuit, your employer may need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire you.
Arrival in Canada
Lastly, you will need to make sure that you have all of the correct documents upon arrival to Canada. These documents will need to be presented to Border Services upon entry into the country:
- proof that you meet requirements of the job, such as proof of work experience and education,
- a copy of your employer’s positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (if required), or
- the offer of employment number your employer received when they submitted the offer of employment through the Employer Portal (if you are LMIA-exempt and coming to work for a specific employer).
- Passport and/or Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)
Once the abovementioned documents are verified, the border services officer will issue you with the work permit.
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