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The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program is a Canadian immigration option that allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill in positions when neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents are available or fit for the job.

In order to apply for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, you need to follow the steps below in sequence. The series of steps to apply for the Temporary Foreign (TFW) Worker Program are:

  • Get a job offer in Canada
  • Get the Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Apply for Work Visa & Permit

Salient Features of TFWP

Under this program, Canadian employers can hire for specific skills as listed below:

  • Agriculture workers
  • Caregivers are eligible if they opt to live-in with the care receiver clients
  • Jobs mandating a low skillset
  • Jobs mandating a high skillset

Also with respect to this program,Canadian employers need to be mindful of the job description and details like wage rates, job type and the working conditions. Any activity carried out in violation of the program rules and regulations can result in disqualification of the Canadian employer from participating in this program.

Requirements to qualify for TFWP

The Canadian Government looks forward to protecting the jobs of its citizens and permanent residents hence it requires proof that a foreign worker is necessarily required by a Canadian Company in order to suffice the labor shortage in Canada. Hence, in order to qualify for the TFWP you must meet the set of requirements mentioned below:

  • Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • You must have a job in Canada
  • Proof that you will leave Canada after Work Permit expires
  • Proof of financial stability
  • Proof of clean criminal record
  • You must be in good health

Application Process of the Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is executed jointly by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Under this program along with the required set of documents an individual needs to follow a number of steps:

  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) needs to be applied for and obtained by the Canadian employer.The LMIA is issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It is a supportive document for this program, that explicitly mentions the reasons a foreign worker has been hired for. Once LMIA comes through, the work permit can be applied for and obtained by the foreign national.

LMIA is a time consuming process. At first, the employer applies for LMIA,if the application submitted by the Canadian employer is accepted, then the foreign worker applies for the work permit. During the entire process of filing the LMIA application, the employer needs to demonstrate few things including:

  • Explicit proof that necessary steps were taken to hire and train permanent residents and citizens of Canada
  • Payment of equal wages to Canadians and the foreign worker in that area
  • Show proof that provincial labour market regulations are being followed
  • Demonstrate that suitable steps will be taken gradually to reduce foreign worker hiring
  • The foreign worker can apply for the work permit once the issuance of the LMIA.

Followed by this, the next steps for Indians is to obtain the Temporary Resident Visa and after that successfully clearing the medical examination.

NOTE: In few cases,the application for the temporary foreign worker might be rejected. The reason for rejection can vary from criminal conviction to inadmissibility that arises from security or medical reasons.

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