Transitioning Temporary Foreign Workers to Permanent Resident Status
Depending on your employee’s circumstances, there could be different approaches to transitioning a foreign worker to permanent resident status:
- Express Entry: This is the fastest way to obtain permanent resident status, typically six months from date of filing. This system administers the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker, and Federal Skilled Trades economic immigration programs.
- Provincial Nominee Programs: Each province has its own eligibility criteria for both employers and foreign workers, depending on that province’s labour market needs and growth objectives. They will also have distinct quotas for each of the categories under each province’s respective programs. We can assess circumstances and assess eligibility to determine whether one of these programs will benefit your organization and your employees.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, parents, grandparents and dependent children for permanent residence. Although the circumstances might seem straight forward, the applications are document-heavy, and processing time can be lengthy. In addition to ensuring applications are complete, we also advise as to the best way for families to be together in Canada while applications are in process.
Starting a Business in Canada
There is no longer an investor program in Canada at the federal level. In most cases, business class applicants must also run the business that they wish to establish in Canada. The one exception to this is Quebec’s Investor Program, for those who intend on settling in the province of Quebec.
If running a business is attractive to you, options to consider would be:
- Start-Up Visa: This category requires applicants to attract support from a business incubator or angel investor designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Work Authorization can be obtained while awaiting finalization of the PR application.
- Provincial Nominee Programs: We can review circumstances and assess eligibility to determine whether one of these programs will benefit your organization and your employees.