Hiring Foreign Workers

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Hiring Foreign Workers

  1. 1. Hiring Foreign Workers Martine Varekamp-Bos Regulated CanadianOctober 30, 2012 Immigration Consultant
  2. 2. How does the current labour market make you feel?
  3. 3. One strategy to feel like thisabout our labour market...
  4. 4. Hiring Foreign Workers – the process 1 2 3 4 5 Create a Recruitment LMO Work Permanent focus & Selection Some Permit Residency exemptions
  5. 5. 2 5 1 3 4 Recruitment & Permanent Create a focus LMO Work Permit Selection Residency Some exemptions• Determine the organization’s HR needs• Talk to your other employees• Clear job description (duties & requirements) – Determine skill level/NOC code• Determine paperwork required
  6. 6. 2 5 1 3 4 Recruitment & Permanent Create a focus LMO Work Permit Selection Residency Some exemptions• Consider different recruitment methods• Evaluate time lines – they can vary greatly• Focus on source country/countries• Motivation for working in Canada & expectations: – $$$ / to see the country / work experience / a relationship.......• Establish screening method & interview techniques
  7. 7. 2 5 1 3 4 Recruitment & Permanent Create a focus LMO Work Permit Selection Residency Some exemptionsA Positive Labour Market Opinion: Permission to hire a foreign worker• Applications assessed by Service Canada/HRSDC• Assess the state of the current labour market• Paper/online application + telephone interview• LMOs valid for 6 months• NEW Accelerated LMOs
  8. 8. 2 5 1 3 4 Recruitment & Permanent Create a focus LMO Work Permit Selection Residency Some exemptions LMO Assessment Factors• Is the job offer genuine?• Attempts to hire a Canadian/permanent residents – Typical min. effort: Jobbank + other source for 14 days• Wages & employment conditions• STS: substantially the same audit/compliance review
  9. 9. 2 5 1 3 4 Recruitment & Permanent Create a focus LMO Work Permit Selection Residency Some exemptionsTemporary work permit: permission to work in Canada• Applications assessed by Citizenship & Immigration: – Admissibility & Job requirements (& intention to leave Canada)• Occupation, employer, location of work specified• Processing times vary: medical/visa post• Most permits issued for 2 years / must leave after 4 years
  10. 10. 2 5 1 3 4 Recruitment & Permanent Create a focus LMO Work Permit Selection Residency Some exemptions Permanent Residency Programs• Canadian Experience Class – 2 years of skilled CDN work experience + language ability• Federal Skilled Worker Program – Skilled exp + 67/100 points: education, work experience, language, age, adaptability, arranged employment• Alberta Immigration Nominee Program – Employer driven stream & strategic recruitment stream
  11. 11. 1 2 3 5 4Create a Recruitment LMO Permanent Work Permit focus & Selection Some Residency exemptions
  12. 12. Key Messages for Employers• Manage expectations: costs / accom. / timing of perm job offer• Consistency across all applications• Be aware of risks & consequences of non compliance – (criminal, regulatory, economic, reputation & disruption)• Good record keeping• Maintain a tracking system• Keep up to date with immigration changes• Engage Canadian employees (cultural awareness training)• Ensure the foreign worker and family are content
  13. 13. Thank youmartine@immigrationcare.ca 403-782-0812

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