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Siskinds’ immigration law group will provide your company with legal advice on hiring a foreign worker. We will complete an assessment to make sure that your job candidate meets the eligibility criteria to apply for a work permit. If the candidate is eligible, we can assist with the work permit application.

There are several federal immigration programs that allow Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals, including:

  • The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary labour market shortage when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available to perform the job.
  • The International Mobility Program (IMP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers without requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

We assist our clients at any stage of the work permit application starting with an eligibility assessment through the preparation of application and submission to government authorities.

Work Permit Application under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Our team assists citizens of U.S. and Mexico with applying for Canadian work permits under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA work permits are issued by the government of Canada under the International Mobility Program.

We help Canadian businesses to complete intra-company transfers and bring professionals to Canada under the NAFTA.

NAFTA removes the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which simplifies bringing the work force across the border. NAFTA expedites the work permit application process because citizens of U.S. and Mexico can apply for a work permit at a port of entry to Canada.

In the case of a business visitor, a citizen of U.S. or Mexico can enter Canada as a business visitor under the NAFTA without applying for a work permit. Because U.S. and Mexican citizens do not require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada, NAFTA business visitor applications may also be done at a port of entry to Canada.

If you are an individual, who is a citizen of U.S. or Mexico, and you are looking to enter Canada to perform some business activities, you can contact our team for legal advice. We will provide you advice on whether you need a work permit or whether you can enter Canada as a business visitor.

If you are an employer seeking to bring your foreign employees to Canada or hiring new employees who are citizens of U.S. or Mexico, we will find the best solutions for you available under NAFTA in order to bring your workforce to Canada. 

Our Team

Learn more about Elena Ashford.

Elena Ashford

Associate - Immigration Law