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Hiring Skilled Workers and Supporting their Permanent Immigration

Employers can make a permanent job offer to a Skilled Worker to fill a full-time, permanent position in your company, and bring needed skills to Canada. By doing this, employers can also help Skilled Workers gain permanent residency in Canada.

Please note, however, that Placement Agencies, Temporary Help Agencies and firms of a similar nature which act as an intermediary, referring workers to employers, cannot be considered the employer of record for the purposes of Arranged Employment unless they are establishing an employer/employee relationship with the skilled worker.

The following steps may apply to you if you are interested in:

  • Offering a permanent, full-time, non-seasonal position in your company to a Skilled Worker; and
  • Supporting the worker's permanent immigration to Canada.

NOTE: Please be aware that the process below only supports the person's application for permanent residence, but does not allow the person to work in Canada. There is adifferent process if you plan to employ the person and, at the same time, support their permanent immigration to Canada.

Hiring Steps

  1. Make a permanent offer in a skilled occupation to the Skilled Worker and submit an application for an Arranged Employment Opinion - Updated (EMP5275)
  2. Employers using a third party representative must complete the "Annex to the Appointment of Representative" form and send it with the AEO application.
  3. Send the application form to:
    Service Canada
    Temporary Foreign Worker - Centre of Specialization
    1 Agar Place, PO Box 7000
    Saint John, NB E2L 4V4
    Fax: 866-585-7524 (toll free)

Processes differ when hiring skilled workers in Quebec.

An arranged employment opinion (AEO) is based on these factors :

  • The job offer is permanent;
  • The job offer is genuine;
  • The wages and working conditions offered for the job are comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation;
  • The employment is full-time, not seasonal.

Learn more about the HRSDC AEO assessment criteria and what is expected from employers, noting that this process does not apply in the province of Quebec.

HRSDC reviews the application and if appropriate, provides you with an AEO letter of confirmation supporting the job. Please be aware that a positive HRSDC AEO letter only supports the Skilled Worker's application for permanent residency, but does not allow for the person to work in Canada. There is another process if you plan to employ the person and, at the same time, support their permanent immigration to Canada.

You send a copy of the AEO letter to the Skilled Worker.

Tell the person to apply to the appropriate visa office for a  Skilled Worker permanent resident visa.

Tell the Skilled Worker to include your written permanent job offer and the AEO letter of confirmation with the permanent resident application, along with other documentation required by CIC. The application is point-rated and these documents improve the Foreign Worker's score and the opportunity to receive a permanent resident visa.

NextCIC reviews the Skilled Worker permanent residency application and decides whether to:

Grant points under the "Arranged Employment" and review all other Skilled Worker criteria;

Give the Skilled Worker a permanent resident visa.

Immigration Note:

On its own, a permanent job offer does not allow a Skilled Worker to immigrate to Canada. Before a Skilled Worker can become a permanent resident, they must :


Hiring Skilled Workers and Supporting Their Permanent Immigration

NOTE:

Provincial variations to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) application process

If the job is located in the province of:

 

Employers can make a permanent job offer to a Skilled Worker as an effective way to fill a full-time position and bring needed skills in Canada.

Please note that the Skilled Worker can apply directly to CIC for permanent residency (Step 4) and can gain additional points for having a permanent job offer from you if he/she already holds a work permit that

The following steps may apply to you if you are interested in:

  • Hiring a Skilled Worker for a permanent position in your company; and
  • Ensuring that the worker is allowed to work in Canada before receiving his/her permanent resident visa; and
  • Supporting the worker's permanent immigration to Canada.

Hiring Steps

  1. Submit an HRSDC Application for a labour market opinion (LMO) to the Service Canada Centre responsible for your area, and indicate that you are offering a permanent position to the Skilled Worker.
  2. Employers using a third party representative must complete the "Annex to the Appointment of Representative" form and send it with the LMO application.
  3. Once HRSDC has approved your job offer, send a copy of the HRSDC LMOconfirmation letter to the Skilled Worker.
  4. Tell the Skilled Worker to apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

    NextCIC decides whether the Skilled Worker will get a Work Permit allowing them to work in Canada.

  5. Once your Skilled Worker holds a work permit, he/she should apply to the appropriate CIC visa office for a Skilled Worker permanent resident visa**

  6. Tell the worker to include your written permanent job offer and a copy of the CICwork permit with the Skilled Worker application, along with other documentation required by CIC. The application is point-rated and these documents improve the Skilled Worker's score and the opportunity to receive a permanent resident visa.

    NextCIC reviews the Skilled Worker permanent residency application and decides whether to:

    • Grant points under the "Arranged Employment" in Canada and review all other Skilled Worker criteria;
    • Give the Skilled Worker a permanent resident visa.

** Note

Please note that the Skilled Worker can apply directly to CIC for permanent residency (Step 4) and can gain additional points for having a permanent job offer from you if he/she already holds a work permit that:

  • Is valid at the time of the application and was originally issued by CIC based on a positive HRSDC labour market opinion (including national opinions like the Canada Research Chairs program); or
  • Is valid at the time of application and was originally issued by CIC based on an international trade agreement (e.g. NAFTA) or an economic benefit exemption.

Immigration Note

On its own, a permanent job offer does not allow a Foreign Worker to immigrate to Canada. Before a Foreign Worker can become a permanent resident, they must :

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