British Passport Expiration

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British Passport Expiration

Postby trfey on Wed May 02, 2012 9:51 am

Hi, I'm looking to apply for a temporary working visa at a port of entry with a customer service level job offer. Does my Passport need a minimum amount of time on it before it expires to be able to get this?

Sorry for the second question but are there only 1 year work visas, i can't apply for a 6 month visa?
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Re: British Passport Expiration

Postby David on Tue May 08, 2012 8:44 am

A work permit can be limited by the validity of the passport in a case like this. If the passport is valid for a duration of less than an eligible work permit, then the validity of the work permit would be reduced to comply with the passport. There is otherwise no mandatory minimum validity, as a general rule, assuming that you intend to pursue this work permit on the basis of a Confirmation Letter.

Regarding the 6 vs. 12 month question, you may be referring to IEC or youth program visas. The specific duration of any such permit depends on the program that you pursue, and you these are generally sought via a visa office and not at a port of entry.
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Re: British Passport Expiration

Postby trfey on Tue May 08, 2012 9:26 am

Thanks David, that makes a lot of sense. My Passport doesn't expire for a little while yet so I should be fine.

I was intending to apply on the basis of a Confirmation Letter. My only problem there is that I am hoping to get bar work which is, in general, a job that doesn't confirm jobs too far ahead of time meaning i may not have the confirmed position before arriving. In such a circumstance can i enter on a tourist visa, obtain a confirmation of job offer and then upgrade to a work permit visa?

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Re: British Passport Expiration

Postby David on Tue May 08, 2012 11:28 am

Confirmation refers to a government application process and not a letter from the employer. Please refer to the link in my response if that is not clear. Otherwise, if you enter as a tourist first, you will need to file the work permit application outside of Canada, which may include a visa office abroad, or a port of entry in many cases for a UK citizen.
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Re: British Passport Expiration

Postby trfey on Tue May 08, 2012 1:58 pm

Sorry, I did understand that but doesn't the process include the prospective employer enquiring of the local Service Canada office whether employment is suitable/allowable?

Could the port of entry just be exiting to the U.S. for a day then re-entry the next day with said letter?

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Re: British Passport Expiration

Postby David on Thu May 10, 2012 8:44 pm

The employer must make an application for a LMO approval with supporting materials, so it is more than an inquiry.

Yes, "rounding the flagpole" is a viable approach for a port of entry application.
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