How to double your chances of getting into Canada
How can you increase your likelihood of getting into Canada? One easy way of potentially doubling the chances of getting into Canada is by involving your spouse.
The process for getting into Canada as a worker requires a job offer from a Canadian employer. That employer must have successfully applied for a labour market impact assessment (LMIA). An LMIA allows an employer to hire non-Canadians. In order to obtain an LMIA an employer has to prove that it was unable to find someone who is either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill that particular position. There are numerous professions and industries in which there is an obvious shortage of workers.
In order for an overseas worker to get a work permit, he or she must first have a job offer from a Canadian company that has received an LMIA. Having an LMIA, an employer is obligated to follow numerous rules such as, for example, that it pay an overseas worker at least as much as it would to an average Canadian who would be eligible to work in that job.
Many people do not realize that Canada grants open work permits to the spouses of certain overseas workers who have successfully gotten a work permit to work in Canada. Open work permits allow you to work in Canada with any employer who hires you. A Canadian company does not have to have an LMIA in order to hire someone with an open work permit. This is a huge advantage for holders of an open work permit because they are not limited only to employers who have an LMIA.
As a result, if you are married and both you and your spouse have work experience, then it makes a lot of sense for both of you to try to find a job in Canada with a company that has an LMIA. If both you and your spouse have been put into contention for a job in Canada by having your spouse also submit his or her info into our Jobs in Canada Eligibility Tool through www.uniivaa.com, then you are doubling the chance of getting into Canada because if one of you gets a job offer with a Canadian employer with an LMIA then your spouse will also be able to come with you to work in Canada with any employer using an open work permit.
A key thing to understand, however, is that open work permits are granted only to the spouses of overseas workers who have work experience that falls into occupational classification categories of O,A or B. To see whether your profession falls into O,A or B then, when having your spouse fill out the Jobs in Canada Eligibility Tool, please indicate in the last field that you wish to have the chart emailed to you and we will attach it to jobs report that is sent back to you.
The bottom line here is that in order to maximize the likelihood of getting a job in Canada, you should cast your net as wide as possible by having your spouse also try to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. The effect of doing so, in effect, doubles your chances of getting into Canada.