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How Canadian Employers Can Permanently Hire Immigrants

Migrate to Canada: Canada’s express entry system is the main immigration route for foreign workers, but it is only open to “skilled” occupations.

Before hiring immigrants, it is important to know the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code and the NOC skill level of the job you are working for. For now, NOC skill levels are divided into 0, A, B, C, and D.

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Occupations are classified into these skill levels based on how much education, experience, and job-specific training the worker requires to perform the required duties. Once you know this, it will help you explore your employee’s immigration options.

Express Entry only recognizes occupations in these three skill levels:

  • 0 – which are management positions;
  • A – Jobs that require a university degree;
  • B – Technical jobs and skilled occupations that may require college or apprenticeship training.

If you are recruiting for NOC C or D occupation you will need to use a different immigration program.

Most Employers Require an LMIA

Often, the first step in hiring an immigrant is to demonstrate to the federal government that there are no Canadians available to fill an open position.

To do this, you need a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). LMIA usually requires an advertisement, which means you will need to post your job at the Government of Canada Job Bank and advertise in two other locations.

Once you have fulfilled the advertisement requirement, you can apply for LMIA.

If ESDC agrees that you need to hire a foreign worker because there is no Canadian available, you will get a positive LMIA.

Express Entry

You can use a positive LMIA to help your employee score more points in the Express Entry system. While the LMIA helps your employee earn points for their job offer, it is not a requirement. The more points they have, the more likely they are to be invited to apply for immigration to Canada.

If your employee is not yet an Express Entry candidate, they will need to check to see if they are eligible for one of three immigration programs:

  • Canadian experience class,
  • Federal skilled worker program, or
  • Federal Skilled Business Program.

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If they are eligible, they can create an Express Entry Profile. Once all their documents are uploaded, they will get a score based on their credentials, age, and other factors. After that, they may be invited to apply for permanent residency in the Express Entry Draw.

What to tell your employee

Once your employee has an Express Entry profile, they need to update it with:

  • The name and address of the employer;
  • Start date;
  • LMIA number; And
  • NOC Code.

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2 thoughts on “How Canadian Employers Can Permanently Hire Immigrants

  • Sidibé Oumar

    Je suis un juriste de formation et je suis intéressé par cette opportunité si possible.
    Je vous remercie.

  • Antonio Perez

    saludos , soy de venezuela , tecnico medio en mecanica de mantenimiento industrial , armador de estructuras metalicas y de tuberias industriales , estoy interesado en migrar a canada , y deseo saber si por mi status laborar puedo aplicar , gracias .


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