Significant Benefit Work Permit Application
Submitting an application to this program comes with few set requirements but with a long list of criteria you will need to demonstrate if you wish to increase your chances for success. This is an excellent work permit for entrepreneurs, artists investors alike as you will need to demonstrate how your "project" or "intended contribution to Canada" will be either socially, culturally or economically beneficial to Canada.
Your application will be assessed based on the merits of your project or intended goal and whether or not an officer is satisfied that your contribution to Canada is a worthy enough one to allow you the authorization to work in Canada.
You, of course, will need to work these goals outline in your application.
Akrami & Associates will guide you every step of the way with this. Contact us for more details.
If you intend on submitting your application without the support of a representative, there are a couple of factors you should keep in mind.
Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMO Exempt
A significant benefit work permit is considered to be Labour Market Impact Assessment exempt provided you can satisfy an officer that you meet the criteria. Unlike most other work permits, those who apply for a significant benefit work permit will not first need to obtain approval from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada.
Significant Benefit Work Permit: Business Plan
Having a business plan or a long term plan for your project can go a long way to satisfying an officer that you should be granted this work permit in Canada. However, make certain that what you promise is deliverable and that you can adequately demonstrate your work.
Significant Benefit Work Permit Renewal
A significant benefit work permit can be renewed indefinitely depending on the nature of your intended work in Canada. However, the significant benefit work permit does not lead to permanent resident status.
For those who seek permanent resident status in Canada through this venue, contact us as we can discuss the options that might be available to you.
Significant Benefit Work Permit Requirements
The significant benefit work permit is a unique type of work permit that requires the applicant to demonstrate certain criteria that would be considered beneficial to Canadians. Unlike most other work permits, this type of work permit is considered Labour Market Opinion exempt provided that it can satisfy an officer that it meets the criteria.
This type of application is very document intensive and requires a great deal of preparation in advance. In order to be eligible for a significant benefit work permit, as the applicant, you must consider the following criteria and demonstrate that you would:
- create or maintain significant social, cultural, or economic benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
- create or maintain reciprocal employment of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada in other countries;
- be engaged in work that is designated to be performed by a foreign national on the basis of the following criteria:
- Work related to a research, educational or training program, or limited access to the Canadian labour market is necessary for reasons of public policy relating to the competitiveness of Canada's academic institutions or economy;
- is of a religious or charitable nature.
You will need to not only demonstrate examples of previous work completed and how this work will impact Canada, but also demonstrate your intended goals in Canada and how you plan to achieve them.
This action plan will be used to account for your time spent in Canada should you be successful in obtaining this work permit.
As the investor and entrepreneur category of permanent residence is currently closed, this type of application (though temporary) may be a viable solutions for those seeking entry into Canada based on their current business concepts and financial stability.
Again, this application requires know-how and understanding of applicable rules while anticipating what an officer will want to see in order to be satisfied that the criteria have been met.
It is highly recommended that you seek legal representation if you are considering a significant benefit work permit.
Significant Benefit To Canada Work Permit
In same case, a Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA is not required to obtain a work permit. Those who are able to demonstrate that their employment in Canada will provide significant benefits to Canadians or permanent residents may be considered exempt. This is completely discretionary upon an immigration officer's review.
What Is A Significant Benefit Work Permit?
A Significant Benefit Work Permit is a type of work permit that is reserved for those who can demonstrate the ability to create or maintain a significant social, cultural or economic benefit to Canadian society or provide opportunities for Canadians and/or permanent residents of Canada.
Do I Qualify For A Significant Benefit Work Permit?
There are a few categories under which you may qualify.
Canadian Interests category is typically reserved for those who offer a more cultural or social benefit and where an economical one is not the focus. An example of this would be an artist wishing to showcase their work in Canada or a musician endeavoring to raise awareness of a topic through music.
Entrepreneurs and Self Employed Candidates who wish to establish a business in Canada may also qualify for a Significant Benefit Work Permit in lieu of a permanent residence application. You would need to demonstrate that your intended business would generate economic, social or cultural benefits to permanent residents or citizens of Canada. The benefits of this business would also need to be demonstrated especially if it is a provider of unusual goods or services.
The Intra Company Transferee is designed to target executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge employees of foreign company that wish to transfer To Canada to work in the branch office of their parent company in Canada. The applicant must meet the job qualifications of the intended position in Canada as well as have been employed for least one year prior to the submission of the application.
The Emergency Repairs Category is geared towards Canadian work permits that it issued In order for foreign workers to make repairs on industrial equipment or machinery in order to prevent the possibility of a disruption to Canadian workers. You will need to demonstrate the evidence in each of the repairs.
In cases where reciprocal opportunities exist for Canadian workers abroad for workers may be granted a work permit in Canada. This is called Reciprocal Employment. Some established reciprocal opportunities include:
- International youth exchange programs
- Academic exchanges
- Cultural agreement
- Work related research
- And postgraduate employment
How Do I Apply For A Significant Benefit Work Permit?
Compiling the proper documentation is necessary for a successful application. In order to confirm that you qualify for a significant benefit work permit you will need to demonstrate that you are exempt from a labour market opinion. Once it has been demonstrated that you are exempt, you will apply for a work permit and must meet the basic qualifications for such an application.
What Documents Do I Need To Apply For A Significant Benefit Work Permit?
Depending on the nature of your significant contribution to Canada and the significant benefit under which you are applying you will need to demonstrate the appropriate documents see the basic qualifications of the various categories available. Aside from these identification you'll need to demonstrate your qualifications, experience, valid job offer, and the intended to benefit in Canada. This documentation will allow you to demonstrate whether you qualify for an exemption to labour market opinion. Providing the proper documentation will allow the unit assessing your file to determine whether not you meet the basic criteria for a significant benefit work permit.
Do I Need A Labour Market Opinion For A Significant Benefit Work Permit?
Significant benefit work permits, if the minster to be valid, do not require a labour market opinion. This is determined by a specific unit, that is geared toward such applications, the reader decisions on these matters. You will first need to submit an application to this unit before decision is made.
What Is The Processing Time For A Significant Benefit Work Permit?
The processing times to find out if you are exempt from a labour market opinion can typically take up to 10 to 20 days. You receive written confirmation of this opinion and will use this to apply for a work permit. Please note that just because you have received an opinion that exempts you from a labour market opinion it does not guarantee that an immigration officer assessed in your work permit will provide you with a positive outcome.
We Can Help You with your Significant Benefit Work Permit Application!
We have dealt with hundreds of Significant Benefit Work Permit Application cases. We have helped our clients in their difficult situations and have guided them to draft a more effective application. We can help you draft your application and arrange the required documents. A well-planned and complete application will increase your likelihood of acceptance and will save your from hassle.
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