Does anyone have any views or advice on how I can work in Canada whilst waiting for my permanent residency to come through. I'm applying as a skilled worker, but also getting married in July to a Canadian.
From experience so far, it seems like my only option is to find work that no Canadian can be found to fill & have it approved by HRSDC.
1. Seek a temporary work permit throught the standard channels. HRSDC Confirmation may be a requirement depending on the combination of the position offered and your qualifications and nationality. HRSDC Confirmation entails a demonstration that there is no negative labour market impact.
2. Engage in an inland sponsorship application following your marriage (if you are admitted to Canada as a visitor). After approval-in-principle, which may take 8-12 months on average, you can seek an open work permit.
I have a specific follow up question to the one above.
My Canadian wife and I (US citizen) are moving to Canada. After we move, I'll apply for permanent residence via family class in-Canada. After I have filed the application and am waiting for my permanent status, am I able to seek employment, get an offer, and apply for a temporary work permit, via the standard process? Basically, I would like to know if I can work during the time that I'm waiting for my permanent residence status to come through. Living in Canda is important to us, but I'm not looking forward to the long months of unemployment for a number of reasons.
Yes, you can seek a work permit under the standard provisions while processing an inland sponsorship. After approval-in-principle (8-10 months), it is also generally possible to seek an open work permit.