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How easy is it to get a work permit?

Old Apr 21st 2008, 4:09 am
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Default How easy is it to get a work permit?

We are looking to move to Ontario, my Fiancee is a part qualified accountant.

We were wondering how easy it is to get a work permit for this occupation and how to go about it?

We have tried reading up on this but are still unsure on the stipulatuons.

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Old Apr 21st 2008, 11:25 am
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You are not getting work permit for occupation - you are getting WP for job offer and you can apply for work permit once you have job offer with positive LMO.
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Old Apr 21st 2008, 12:56 pm
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Well what Andrew say its true.. But give that you have to do all those things and have them come back successfully Its really not that easy.

It's certainly possible but at the end of the day it just not a process that is terribly easy.
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You are not getting work permit for occupation - you are getting WP for job offer and you can apply for work permit once you have job offer with positive LMO.
So you are saying that the way to do it is to get a job offer and then apply for a WP?

Problem is, who is going to offer you a job with no WP? Unless the company applies for WP for you?

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The Occupations under Pressure (OUP) lists give you an idea of labour shortages in various provinces. If your occupation is in demand in a given province, you have a better chance of getting a work permit if you apply for a job in that province.

The employer doesn't apply for a work permit. The employer applies for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). To get an LMO, the employer has to demonstrate that he has advertised the job across Canada for 3 months, and no qualified Canadian resident has applied for the job. (The period for which a job has to be advertised across Canada is reduced considerably when an occupation appears on an OUP list for the relevant province.)

The prospective employee is the one who applies for the work permit, and he/she will be granted a work permit only if the prospective employer is granted an LMO.

You said that your fiance was a part qualified accountant. I looked at the OUP lists, and the only one on which I saw accountants was the OUP list for British Columbia.

Whether or not a BC employer would be interested in your fiance if he's only partially qualified, I don't know. I also don't know how feasible it would be for a BC employer to claim that he can't find a Canadian resident to fill a job that a partially qualified British accountant could fill.

It may help you to read Jon's account in the Wiki article called Job Hunting Success Stories. Jon is a British accountant in the Greater Vancouver Area.

If you have the money to buy a house and live in Canada as visitors, without authorization to work for a year or so, you could consider the Nova Scotia Community Identified Stream.

Another work-around, although it's quite an expensive one too, is for one partner to apply for a study permit. This allows the other partner to get a spousal open work permit (applicable to common-law partners as well.) One of the reasons that this is expensive is that Canadian universities and colleges typically charge foreign students a lot more (maybe three times more) than they charge local students.
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