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The Gateway to Professional Success with GM Law

As a beacon of professional opportunities, Canada draws innumerable individuals from around the globe, all yearning to ply their trade and advance their careers within its borders. To legally work in Canada as a foreign national, securing a work visa, often referred to as a work permit, is essential.

Navigating the labyrinth of work visa procedures can seem daunting. However, GM Law, with its seasoned team of legal professionals, is well-equipped to guide you seamlessly through this process, ensuring your dream of working in Canada comes to fruition.

Eligibility Criteria for Canadian Work Visa

Eligibility for a Canadian work visa hinges on several factors, including the applicant’s job offer, the nature of the job, and the location of work. As a foreign worker, you need to demonstrate that you are capable of carrying out the job you’re offered and that you intend to leave Canada when your work permit expires. Other criteria, such as your ties to your home country, your health, and your financial stability, are also considered.

Work Permit Categories

Work permit applications in Canada can be broadly categorized into two types:

Employer-Specific Work Permits: As the name suggests, this type of permit is specific to a particular employer. It allows you to work legally in Canada based on the conditions stipulated in the permit, such as the employer you can work for, the job role, the location of work, and the duration of work. These permits require the employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that demonstrates the need for a foreign worker to fill the job.

Open Work Permits: Contrary to the employer-specific permits, an open work permit grants you the freedom to work for any employer in Canada. Exceptions apply to employers who have failed to comply with certain conditions or are listed as ineligible by the Canadian government. An open work permit does not require an LMIA or a confirmed job offer.

Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP): The BOWP is a unique type of work permit designed for individuals who have applied for permanent residence in Canada and are currently working in the country with a work permit that is soon to expire. The BOWP allows you to keep working while you wait for the final decision on your permanent residence application. To be eligible for a BOWP, you must have applied under one of the permanent residence categories and be currently living in Canada.

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP): The PGWP is a type of open work permit granted to international students who have completed a program of study at a designated learning institution in Canada. The PGWP allows graduates to work for any employer in Canada and gain valuable Canadian work experience. The length of the work permit depends on the length of the program completed, but it can be up to three years.

Whether you aim to bridge the gap between temporary work and permanent residence with a BOWP, or are a recent graduate hoping to gain work experience with a PGWP, GM Law is here to guide and support you. You can reach us at info@gmlawfirm.ca or call us on 905 452 0077. Let us assist you in making your Canadian work aspirations a reality.

GM Law's Role in Your Work Visa Journey

Navigating the complex maze of work permit applications can be challenging. At GM Law, we leverage our expertise to simplify the process and steer you towards your professional goals in Canada.

We undertake a meticulous evaluation of your eligibility for a Canadian work visa, ensuring your profile aligns with the requirements set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

We assist you in gathering all the required documentation and data, preparing a complete and accurate application that reflects your credentials and intention to work in Canada effectively.

After the application submission, we monitor the progress, keeping you informed of all developments. We liaise with the authorities, promptly addressing any queries or concerns, and assist you in preparing for the next steps upon your application approval.

If you seek to extend your work permit or transition to a different type of permit or visa, GM Law extends comprehensive support, aiding in the preparation and submission of extension applications.

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