you both are very lucky even i plan to apply for a TWP and evantually file PR however i am still stuck with few questions. going to canada on visitors visa and later getting onto TWp sounds like a plan, how much is success rate of such cases. i have below questions plz help me
*)I understand we MUST have a job offer to apply for TWP : Does this job offer has to be related to NOC list? or it can be from ANY employer?
*)Does my employer HAS to file for LMO or its excepted
*)How difficult/easy to get a positive LMO?
*)Is there a quota for TWP?
*)What is the max duration that one can be on TWP
*)can i bring my spouse/children along with me while i am on TWP?
*)once on TWP can i apply for PR? if so under which program?
1) For a closed work permit, yes, you must have a job offer and LMO. An open work permit doesn't require either, but it is only available in special situations, such as a post graduate work permit for a student graduating a qualifying university or a foreign spouse of a Canadian citizen or PR that meets certain requirements. (My list is not all inclusive.)
- All jobs are on the NOC list
- Some employers cannot get LMOs. Stripclubs are the first to jump to mind. (Hope that makes you giggle, but it's seriously the only one I can recall! Shows where my mind is
2) LMO are exempt in only a few cases. See here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply-who-permit.asp
Americans and Mexicans are also covered under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement - which is why it only applies to Americans and Mexicans - the only other N. A. countries) and can apply for a work permit without a LMO.
3) It depends on the job and the amount of qualified candidates in the area. I. E., Toronto has a high saturation of bankers and IT professionals, so getting a LMO for either position in Toronto would be practically impossible. On the other hand, getting a LMO for a live-in caregiver is routine and fairly easy in most of Canada. Remote locations, especially in the far north, ca get LMOs for jobs employers cannot get in the cities because there are fewer workers and fewer people willing to relocate that far north for work.
4) Officially, I believe the government has "goals." Unofficially, they may have set quotas, but this isn't shared with the public.
5) I believe it's 4 years. I may be wrong, but that's the number that I'm thinking and finding when I google.
6) It depends on your NOC code and/or the passports your family holds. If your NOC code is A, B, or O, your spouse can get an open work permit and apply for study permits for your children. If your family is visa exempt, it's very likely they would be allowed to stay with you in Canada regardless of NOC code. If your family requires TRV and your NOC code is C or D, you can try for the TRV - but it's usually in futility.
7) It depends on your NOC code, job title/description, and province. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) both have options for TFW to convert their experience into a PR visa, but you must meet requirements. PNP varies by province so there is no point in explaining it here. Google each province to have a look. Generally, NOC codes must be A, B, or 0, but some NOC C have opened up in semi-skilled/trades (i. e., welder, pipefitter). NOC D jobs rarely have any ability for PR.
Just so you're away, finding an employer willing to do a LMO is very difficult. A lot of people have your plan. A lot of people go home empty handed after six months. Some do succeed, but they are the exception, not the rule. Personally, I have been in Canada as a visitor for 20 months now. I have applied for many jobs and never found 1 willing to apply for a LMO for me despite qualifying as NOC 0. I have even applied for lower jobs and been refused routinely.
A LMO takes 3-4 weeks to process in most cases. If it is approved and you don't require a medical, you can apply for the WP at the US border (but you can't enter the US without a valid visa unless you're exempt). You would tell the Border Patrol you wish to flagpole to get a work permit and they will give you an administrative refusal to the US and escort you back to Canada.
Rather than go to CIC, go to HRSDC. They actually do LMOs, not CIC. Here is a page I found interesting: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/foreign_workers/stats/index.shtml