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Can I work in Canada with a Visitor Visa?

Generally, no. Foreign nationals who entered Canada with a visitor visa are generally not permitted to work in Canada. To work in Canada, foreign nationals are generally required to obtain…

What is considered “low-skilled” work in Canada?

Low-skilled or semi-skilled work generally includes work in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as specific clerical and assistant roles. Employment and Social Development Canada…

What is considered “skilled work” in Canada?

Skilled work is any work that requires special skills, training, qualifications and experience in a certain field or trade. More specifically, Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) has categorized skilled…

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment and why do I need to obtain one to hire a temporary foreign worker?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA) is essentially an opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) that permits a Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker rather than a…

Can the spouse/common-law partner and/or children of a temporary foreign worker accompany the worker to Canada?

Yes. Spouses/common-law partners and/or dependent children of a temporary foreign worker may accompany the foreign worker to Canada. In most instances, the family of a foreign worker in Canada will…

Can I change employers under my current work permit?

Subject to narrow exemptions, foreign nationals must apply for a new work permit before changing positions and/or employers. This is because most work permits limit a foreign worker’s employment in…

I am currently under implied status. Am I allowed to exit and re-enter Canada?

Generally, yes. Foreign nationals who leave Canada may be able to re-enter Canada provided that they have a multi-entry visa allowing them to enter, or alternatively they are from a…

What happens to my implied status if my application to extend my work permit is refused?

If your application is refused while you are on implied status, you will immediately and effectively be out of status in Canada. Therefore, given that you have no legal standing…

What is “implied status”?

Simply put, implied status means that a foreign national continues to maintain their legal immigration status in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application to extend their stay.…