In general, temporary foreign workers on an employer-specific work permit are only authorized to work for the employer specified on their work permit. In order to change jobs, the foreign worker must obtain a new work permit, which can be challenging due to costs and time. The challenges are only maximized if there is abuse of any kind taking place.
At Sultan Lawyers, our workplace immigration lawyers, provide legal guidance and support to employees on employer-specific work permits who may be experiencing abuse, or who are at risk of abuse, in the context of their employment in Canada. We can assist in applications for an open work permit for vulnerable workers.
A foreign worker on a specific-employer work permit may be eligible to receive an open work permit that is exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process if they are experiencing abuse.
Abuse consists of any of the following:
A temporary foreign worker may be eligible for a vulnerable worker work permit if:
The Toronto workplace immigration lawyers at Sultan Lawyers regularly advise our employee clients on how best to address and apply for a Vulnerable Worker Work Permit. Our team will also review the circumstances surrounding a worker’s workplace to assess whether there are violations of Ontario employment legislation such as the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, or the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Sultan Lawyers will also assist employers in reviewing their workplace to ensure they have internal policies, procedures, and mechanisms in place to address situations of abuse in the workplace. We also offer flat rate consultations, specifically designed to provide our clients with critical information and tools that they need to plan out how best to manage the circumstances, including whether to proceed with a specific application. Contact us online or at 416-214-5111 for a consultation.
“I want to sincerely thank Sharaf Sultan and his team for their assistance. Right from the beginning, I knew they were extremely knowledgeable and hard working. I also had confidence that Sharaf and his team understood my perspective and that they were prepared to work hard to receive the best result possible. Sharaf and his team were always professional and diligent when providing legal services. He truly went above and beyond my expectations. The whole team provided honest and precise services and they managed to solve any problems that arose during my case. I would definitely work with them again!!”C. Bell
“Kristine Gorman of Sultan Lawyers was terrific in helping me get a Canadian work visa. Responsive, friendly, but mostly incredibly thorough and efficient, she was a life line for when I needed wise counsel and focused expertise.”D. Baum, Ph.D., D.Min. Management Consultant
“Sultan Lawyers provided a great experience during a difficult time with my employer. Kristine was extremely thorough and knowledgeable when reviewing and articulating the risks and details of my severance package. I am thankful for Kristine as her expertise enabled and empowered me to confidently make a decision on my options.”James V.
“I wholeheartedly endorse Sharaf and Alexandra for their employment expertise and their impressive level of client service. Not only was their legal counsel top-notch, but Sharaf helped me navigate the tricky emotional waters related to my matter in a healthy way. He saw the big picture and helped me toward the best possible outcome for me now and into the future. As a lawyer myself, I realised that the smartest thing I could do in my circumstances was to have excellent legal advice, and Sharaf and Alexandra went above my expectations. It was empowering to work with them, and I can't thank Sultan Lawyers enough!”N. Haras
I had an incredible experience working with the Sultan Lawyers team from start to finish. They were friendly and professional, and made me feel at ease with what I was going through. They provided me with some incredible advice, which resulted in a better outcome than I had expected. They also followed up with me to make sure everything was ok, which was a lovely touch, they really care about their clients. I also felt like the service I received was incredibly affordable, and I would definitely recommend Sultan Lawyers to anyone, without hesitation.A. Kelly
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