Feeds Topics Working abroad What is a Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada?

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    Deborah Etim
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    The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program is a Canadian immigration service that allows foreigners to work in Canada in areas where there is a labor shortage and no Canadians are available.

    At the time of its inception, the program was only open to live-in caretakers and agricultural laborers, but it has since grown dramatically and is now a choice for a wide range of high and low skilled employment.

    Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program:

    You have received a job offer from a Canadian company. In most situations, the company that has offered temporary employment will need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment from the Canadian government in order to hire a migrant worker.
    Not be barred from entering Canada for any reason. Individuals may be barred from entering Canada for criminal or medical reasons.

    Applicants must apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in order to work in Canada under this program. The work permit issued under this scheme will be valid for a limited duration (maximum of one year) and will be attached to a specific employer. Because the work visa is attached to a single employer, temporary foreign employees in Canada can only legally work for the employer mentioned on their work permit and cannot change employers after they arrive in Canada.

    Note: Obtaining a work permit through the TFW program does not guarantee a permanent residency in Canada. Although other immigration programs (such as the Canadian Experience Class or a provincial nomination program) allow immigrant workers to become permanent residents of Canada after the temporary foreign worker status expires. You are expected to return to your home country when your temporary work permit expires.

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