Job Offer for Immigration to Canada (Job Offer)

Job Offer for Immigration to Canada (Job Offer)

In order to open a work visa, obtain a work permit and immigrate to Canada, a foreign professional needs a job offer.

Having a job offer is one of the main requirements for immigrating to Canada. It is also required for a visa and authorization for temporary (non-seasonal) employment in Canada. In Canadian law, a job offer has different names: job offer, offer of employment, offer of arranged employment, employment offer.

For most provincial immigration programs, a job offer from a provincial employer is a requirement. For federal immigration programs, a job offer is not required, but you can earn extra points in Express Entry.

When a Canadian employer wants to make a job offer to a foreign worker, the employer prepares a formal Employment Contract or Job Offer Letter for the foreign worker and sends it to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for approval. This document must include:

  • the title of the position in which the foreigner will work
  • job description, including main responsibilities
  • position requirements — required professional education, skills, experience and licenses as required
  • Details of the dates of commencement and termination (if applicable) of employment
  • specifics of remuneration — both wages and other forms of remuneration
  • The name and address of the employer, the address of the employee's future work location, and information about the Canadian employer's contact person who can describe the job offer

In addition to verifying the authenticity of the job offer, ESDC will verify that the terms and conditions offered by the Canadian company to the alien meet Canadian standards. Once the ESDC approves the job offer along with the Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA (if required), the IRCC will grant the prospective foreign worker permission to work for that employer.

If the work is planned in the Province of Quebec, the offer of employment must also be approved by the Government of Quebec.

More detailed Job Offer requirements for federal immigration programs can be found here.

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