The Process for Hiring Foreign Applicants

by Thom Tracy

2 min read

Sometimes, it can be hard to find the right employees. However, if you cast your net into the world, it can be more effective than searching in Canada alone. Filling positions with foreign employees may be simpler than you think, but it is important to understand the rules surrounding the process.

Finding Talent

To expand your headhunting efforts beyond the borders, look at resumes on international sites such as Monster or CareerBuilder, and reach out to talent in other countries. If you entice a foreign worker to work for you, you can then help him or her through the rest of the immigration process, but the steps vary slightly based on whether you need a temporary or permanent worker.

Alternatively, if you want to offer a job to a foreign worker who has already completed the immigration process, consider using the Government of Canada’s Job Match service or a similar service such as CanadaVisa. Basically, you provide details of the position, and these services match you to job seekers who have already entered the country.

Temporary Work Visas

Temporary work visas are only granted in certain situations, but luckily, the Government of Canada offers an easy online tool that can help you determine if your employee can use a temporary visa. Although the tool is designed to be used by employees, you can use it to assess which visa your employee needs.

In most cases, temporary visas are reserved for specific situations. For example, if you need to hire a mechanic to work on a specialized piece of equipment in your factory or if you are transferring an employee from an international location affiliated with your business, you may be able to use the temporary visa program. In these cases, you notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada about the offer and pay a compliance fee. Then, IRCC gives you a job number that your prospective employee uses when submitting an application to immigration officials.

Permanent Express Entry Program

Generally, your employees will need a permanent visa, and in these cases, you should turn to Canada’s Express Entry program. Designed to add skilled workers to the economy, this program includes the following three federal programs, as well as complementary provincial programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

With Express Entry, you also notify immigration officials about the job and give a job offer number to the prospective employee. Then, the candidate completes an Express Entry profile with information about education, work experience, language skills, and the job offer. The Canadian government awards points based on the information provided, and the candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply. Having a job offer gives the candidate a significant number of points and increases the chances of success. The express process takes about six months to complete, so it is important to plan ahead when hiring foreign employees.

The list of professionals eligible for this program is long, and it includes doctors, nurses, lawyers, and engineers, as well as construction workers, electricians, chefs, and bakers. However, there are also language requirements, and your applicants must speak fluent English or French.

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