Express Entry To Canada Frequently Asked Questions
Can An Employer Who Currently Employs A Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Use Express Entry To Support Their Application For Permanent Residence?
Yes they can! However, the temporary foreign worker (TFW) has to be in Canada and working here under a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LIMA). If they are working under a LIMA then the employer can offer the foreign worker a permanent job to back up his/her application for permanent residence. The TFW still has to fill an online application for Express Entry for permanent residence and they need to mention their job offer information.
Once the candidate has a valid job offer and it is supported by LIMA, it will give the candidate additional points in support of their Express Entry application.
An employer who wants to hire a TFW for a permanent position has to meet certain requirements first. Firstly, employer have to find Canadian or permanent resident to fill that position. The employer has to post the position on Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) and as well as on Job Bank. After making many unsuccessful recruitment efforts can consider theTFW and offer the foreign worker the permanent job offer. An employer still has to meet LIMA requirements.
If the candidate does not have LIMA, the candidate can obtain the LIMA through Service Canada. The candidate has to fill out the online application for Express Entry and create their profile.
Can Express Entry Candidates Come To Canada And Start Working Before They Get Their Permanent Residence Visa?
Well it all depends on whether the candidate is living inside Canada and is working as a temporary foreign worker or not. But generally candidates are not allowed to work in Canada until they obtain their permanent resident visa.
If an employer wants the candidate to work before he or she obtains permanent resident visa, then the employer can apply for a dual intent Labour Market Impact Assessment. Usually employer does not have to pay LIMA processing fee but in this case employer has to pay LIMA processing fee. According to dual intent LIMA, the candidate is coming to Canada as temporary foreign worker to work temporarily in Canada in the beginning. The candidate is only working as TFW while his/her permanent residence application is being processed and he/she gets a final decision.
The candidate has to apply for work permit in this situation, candidate will not automatically receive temporary work permit once he/she has job offer for an Express Entry application.
Will Candidates With Job Offers Be Given Priority?
The benefits of a job offer is that the candidates who have valid job offer will obtain additional points to be invited to apply at the next draw for PR. The candidates who have job offers or provincial nomination from any province or territory do not need to register with Job Bank. However, it isn’t necessarily that they will be given priority. But that they will most likely rank higher with the additional points given to them.
Will An Employer Need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LIMA) to Hire An Express Entry Candidate?
Most of the time an employer needs an LIMA from ESDC but an employer can use current LIMA to hire his/her temporary foreign national worker permanently.
How Is Job Bank Being Modernized?
To provide more benefits to employers and candidates the Employment and Social Canada (ESDC) has just updated job Bank which leads to:
- The online users have better experience with modernized Job Bank
- To upgrades site’s security features to match industry standards
- Also modernized the labour market information which is very helpful to candidates to choose better and right career.
This modernized Job Bank is also beneficial to employers. It provides more information about human resources management services and job match. It also helps employer to find a Canadian or permanent resident to fill a position and if an employer cannot find an appropriate employee for that particular position that he or she can find a candidate from Express Entry pool. Job match is possible through Job Bank Canada and it is a good example how the Canadian government connects Canadian employers with foreign national skilled workers.
How Does Job Bank Work With Express Entry?
The Job Bank connects the employers and foreign nationals. Before a Canadian employer chooses foreign national to fill the available position, the employer has to make efforts in finding Canadians or permanent residents to fill that position.
Usually if an employer wants to hire a candidate from pool, an employer has to register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) and post their employment ad for at least 4 weeks. If an employer does not find any Canadian or permanent resident then an employer can extend his search and include foreign national workers as well. When an employer finds a qualified skilled foreign national worker, employer has to apply LIMA to hire a foreign national worker.
Express Entry applicants can match their skills with job postings through Job Bank Canada and can choose best career for themselves.
How Does An Employer In Canada Get Matched With Express Entry Candidates Through Job Bank?
2015 Job Bank Canada is going to make matches between Express Entry candidates and Canadian employers but there is a condition for this. This is only possible if an employer has already posted a job advertisement to Canadians.
Employer will have to continue to look for Canadian or permanent residents while the job is advertised on Job Bank. The match will be made on the bases of the employer’s job description and candidate’s skills, knowledge and experience.