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Work permit holders have better chances of getting a PR visa in Canada

Posted on April 6, 2020
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Canada PR Visa

The Coronavirus crisis and the ensuing changes in the immigration rules has put the situation of those with a temporary work permit staying in Canada in perspective. Those who are on a work permit in Canada are temporary residents. Before we get into what the Canadian government has proposed for them in view of the Coronavirus crisis, let us understand about different work permits for Canada.

Different types of work permit:

There are two types of work permits given by Canadian authorities- open work permit and an employer specific work permit. An open work permit basically allows you to work for any employer. This visa is not job-specific, so applicants do not require the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an offer letter from an employer who has paid the compliance fee.

With an open work permit you can work for any employer in Canada except for those companies that do not comply with labor requirements or are involved in certain services.

The employer specific work permit as the name suggests is a permit that allows you to work for a specific employer.

Conditions on the work permit:

While the employer specific work permit pertains to a single employer, the open work permit can come with certain conditions which will be written on it. These include:

  • Type of work
  • Places where you can work
  • Duration of work

Temporary status of work permits:

Remember work permits are only temporary and cannot be used to immigrate to Canada. You can apply for a PR visa based on your skills and experience, provided you are qualified to apply as a skilled worker.

Temporary work permits and permanent residency:

Those who are in Canada on a Temporary Work Permit at present should consider getting their applications for permanent residence ready if they want to stay in the country for a longer period. They have a fair chance of getting a permanent residence if the trends in the recent PR draws are an indication. They have favored candidates who are already in Canada and have an intention to convert their temporary residence into a permanent one.

The recent Express Entry draws have favored provincial nominees and the Canadian Experience Class- the immigration program that allows persons who have worked in Canada for at least one year to immigrate permanently.

The recent PNP draws of Saskatchewan and British Columbia targeted temporary workers. The Saskatchewan and the British Columbia provinces that held their PNP draws recently focused on workers in Canada, Saskatchewan targeted on Occupations-in-demand while British Columbia focused on workers with no jobs at present but at  least a year of work experience in Canada.

Foreign workers on a temporary work permit in Canada right now have better chances of their PR visa getting approved if they apply now. Also, these visa holders are exempt from the travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government. They can travel to Canada provided they clear Coronavirus tests before their departure. Once they land in Canada, they will have to be in compulsory self-isolation for 14 days.

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