How American residents can work in Canada

Most U.S. citizens require a work permit to work in Canada. There are two types of work permits in Canada. The first category includes Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs).

The federal government of Canada uses the LMIA to determine how hiring foreign workers affects the wages and employment of Canadian workers. Some job offers require an LMIA, so employers in Canada must apply to the federal government for and obtain a positive or neutral LMIA before hiring foreign workers.

The second category does not require an LMIA. Due to Canada’s economic and social interests, this category does not require an LMIA. For example, U.S. citizens may be eligible for LMIA-exempt work authorization under the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). U.S. citizens can work in Canada under NAFTA if they have a vacancy with a current or new employer, or if they wish to make a significant investment or trade in Canada.

The type of work permit you need depends on the type of work you will be doing. If you are just moving to a Canadian branch within the same company, you can do so as an intra-company transfer.

Certain career and technical companies allow you to move to Canada through a global talent stream in about four weeks. The hiring process under this accelerated program includes, but is not limited to, meeting certain requirements, such as B. Completing an LMIA and being required to meet certain salary requirements.

It is important to note that entering Canada as a foreign worker is an advantage if you want to immigrate. Many of Canada’s economy class immigration streams offer more points or are designed for foreigners with work experience in Canada. For example, you can earn more points in Express Entry for work experience completed in Canada.

Work without a work permit in Canada

In many cases, business travelers to Canada do not need a Canadian work permit. Business travelers are foreigners who come to Canada to engage in international business activities but do not enter the Canadian labor market.

Depending on the type of work, certain business travelers can enter the country for business or commercial activities without a work permit.

  1. Business visitors to Canada must demonstrate the following:
  •         They plan to stay for less than six months,
  •         They do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market,
  •         The main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada,
  •         They have documents that support their application and
  •         They meet Canada’s basic entry requirements because they have a valid travel document, such as a passport; have enough money for their stay and to return home, plan to leave Canada at the end of their visit; and are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.
  1. There are a number of reasons why one may come to Canada as a business visitor, including:
  •         Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc;
  •         Buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity;
  •         Taking orders for goods or services;
  •         Providing after-sales service, excluding hands-on work in the construction trades;
  •         Being trained by a Canadian parent company for work outside of Canada; and
  •         Training employees of a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company.

Business visitors to Canada may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).