Is it wise to apply for a job in Canada from abroad?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Daxton Bond



Is it wise to apply for a job in Canada from abroad?

Wise?

No.

It is a total and complete waste of time. All apps are read by AI (Artificial Intelligence) which will automatically remove any non-Canadian apps to begin with. Your application will NEVER be read by any human being,

There is really no possibility of getting a job in Canada from outside of Canada. Canada has the uniquely best-educated workforce in the world. 53% of all working-age Canadians have at least a four-year college degree or better. There are many Canadians qualified for any job. No company needs to hire from abroad.

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Wise?

No.

It is a total and complete waste of time. All apps are read by AI (Artificial Intelligence) which will automatically remove any non-Canadian apps to begin with. Your application will NEVER be read by any human being,

There is really no possibility of getting a job in Canada from outside of Canada. Canada has the uniquely best-educated workforce in the world. 53% of all working-age Canadians have at least a four-year college degree or better. There are many Canadians qualified for any job. No company needs to hire from abroad.

The only way to get to live and work in Canada is

  1. Immigrate
  2. Arrive and get your SIN (Social Security Number) card
  3. Get a job.

Apply to immigrate here.

Do you want to come to Canada or extend your stay?

It takes between one and five years to obtain a visa that costs around CAD 2,000 per person.

Applications from abroad will not be examined most of the time, however there are some rare exceptions:

  • If the skill you possess is in high demand and there is a shortage in Canada
  • If you work for a multinational company abroad that has offices in Canada, you may be able to establish a connection and be considered as a candidate (I know 2 people who did that and who were sponsored by the company. Basically, the experience they have was motivating enough for the company to go through all the work permits / LMOs / paperwork)

I would say yes. It is always good to have a job before you arrive. Getting a job in Canada takes time if you try to search here as most of the time, they would need Canadian experience. However, if someone is in the software industry, the chances of getting a job are high. You can try submitting the resume directly on the company website, and if your skill set matches, you might get company sponsorship.

I have provided more details in the video below, hope it is helpful.

Go to the Immigration Canada website and research your options

A work permit allows you to work in Canada BUT to obtain a work permit, you need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer in advance. Those are EXTREMELY rare and hard to come by. Canadian employers can generally find workers without the job and cost of applying for an LMIA to hire a foreign worker.

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If you want to live and work permanently in Canada, you must immigrate. Start here:

Immigrate to canada

If you are young enough, you can check out this program:

Work and travel in Canada with Int

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Go to the Immigration Canada website and research your options

A work permit allows you to work in Canada BUT to obtain a work permit, you need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer in advance. Those are EXTREMELY rare and hard to come by. Canadian employers can generally find workers without the job and cost of applying for an LMIA to hire a foreign worker.

Work in Canada - Canada.ca

If you want to live and work permanently in Canada, you must immigrate. Start here:

Immigrate to canada

If you are young enough, you can check out this program:

Work and travel in Canada with International Experience Canada

Good luck.

Not really, only if you have already processed your e = immigration application. Employers rarely hire foreign workers. Good luck.

Not much unless you already have Permanent Resident status and even then you are unlikely to get an interview unless your skills are in high demand. This is the process for public relations:

Immigrate to canada

Robert Crooks has answered your question and I would reply in kind. However, there is a high demand for welders in Quebec, so the government is currently working on a program with the private sector to hire welders who want to move here. For starters, they are targeting Eastern Europeans. The important thing to remember is that Quebec is a French-speaking province. New immigrants must learn French. The courses are available to new immigrants at no cost.

Forget being wise ... apply and see ... you will never get it! They have something weird called "Canadian Experience"

It depends on the job.

In general, Canadian employers are shy (and perhaps a bit racist) when it comes to hiring immigrants. They will tell you that you need "Canadian experience" and you will run in circles trying to get it.

The higher your qualifications and experience, the more difficult it will be to find a suitable job. I have met many highly skilled immigrants who have struggled to find work in their field. Some have expressed to me that they regret their decision to come to Canada.

If you are a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or some other regulated profession, you will have a great time

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It depends on the job.

In general, Canadian employers are shy (and perhaps a bit racist) when it comes to hiring immigrants. They will tell you that you need "Canadian experience" and you will run in circles trying to get it.

The higher your qualifications and experience, the more difficult it will be to find a suitable job. I have met many highly skilled immigrants who have struggled to find work in their field. Some have expressed to me that they regret their decision to come to Canada.

If you are a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or some other regulated profession, you will spend a great deal of time and money taking classes to try to get approved to work in Canada. If you get those qualifications, you will have to find a job in the field.

I think Canada is a great country and it has a lot to offer in terms of quality of life. However, the immigrant's experience when looking for a job that suits their abilities can be difficult, time-consuming, and daunting. You need to know this and be prepared before coming.

I live in Toronto. If you go to other more remote cities or other provinces that are less attractive to immigrants, it may be easier for you, but I don't know. Do your research. Unfortunately, these smaller cities and towns generally have a less vibrant community to provide emotional support. Toronto, for example, has a large South Asian community, many restaurants, grocery stores, community centers, temples, mosques, etc. only when you first arrive and can provide useful contacts for employment. Smaller cities may have less, but they can be less expensive to live in.

I spent much of my early life living and working outside of Canada and although I am white, I was born in Canada and speak fluent English with no accent (yes, technically I have a Canadian accent) I had a lot of trouble getting a job in my field, already that the experience abroad did not receive the same respect as if he had been working here. Real immigrants of other ethnicities and / or with an accent probably have a more difficult time.

Immigrants may have a good life in Canada, but they are likely to have a more difficult time than the Canadian government will portray in the immigration information they present to it. Sorry. I'm not trying to discourage anyone, but I want people to know that you may have a lot of work to do when you get here.

Good luck, honestly.

Please note: My original answer was to another question on how to get a job as a foreigner and I did not mention tourism. Then it merged with this question, which is not the same question.

Therefore: Tourists cannot legally work in Canada and any employer who risks hiring someone who cannot legally work in Canada can be charged and fined. The worker will be deported for violating the tourist visa and probably banned for several years. Additionally, Canada shares immigration data with the US, UK, New Zealand, and Australia so that those countries know the person's immigration status.

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Please note: My original answer was to another question on how to get a job as a foreigner and I did not mention tourism. Then it merged with this question, which is not the same question.

Therefore: Tourists cannot legally work in Canada and any employer who risks hiring someone who cannot legally work in Canada can be charged and fined. The worker will be deported for violating the tourist visa and probably banned for several years. Additionally, Canada shares immigration data with the US, UK, New Zealand, and Australia to let those countries know about the person's immigration fraud.

It is not easy and should not be tried.

Answer to the original question ...

I see you are in Zambia, so I will answer you based on that. I will assume you are trying to get a job in Canada applying from outside Canada, but you are not in Canada looking for work.

The answer is: it is VERY difficult, if not impossible. This has nothing to do with you, your skills, or the job you are looking for. It is due to labor regulations in Canada.

Labor regulations in Canada DO NOT allow an employer to offer a job to someone outside of Canada without first DEMONSTRATING that no one in Canada can do that job.

This requires extensive publicity and a request for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). To obtain an LMIA, the employer must publicize the position widely for at least one month and then wait an additional two months for processing. In addition to advertising costs, the employer must pay $ 1,100 in processing fees.

Even if the employer applies for an LMIA, if Canada Employment and Social Development believes there are Canadians who can do the job, it will not be granted.

If granted, the employer must also wait for the potential employee's paperwork to be processed and for the potential employee to arrive in Canada, which could take 1 to 5 years. The job must be offered for at least one year after the incoming candidate is approved.

Do you see why no one gets a job offer from Canada? It does not happen. With a large number of well-educated, well-trained, and experienced workers available in Canada, employers have no reason to search outside the country, especially when it costs so much time and money. Therefore, most do not even look at applications from outside of Canada.

The only exception would be someone with a very unusual world-class skill set that does not exist in Canada, and remember that Canada's workforce is highly educated and 53% have post-secondary degrees.

As for obtaining a work permit for Canada ... to obtain a work permit, you must have a job offer from a Canadian employer, usually with an LMIA included in your application. So, see the previous note on how difficult this is to achieve.

Most people who want to immigrate to Canada do so by applying to immigrate, being accepted, and then looking for a job.

WARNING: There are many scammers who are targeting people who want to come to Canada. They will claim anything to get your money. The truth is, Canada's immigration system is straightforward, points-based, and if you score enough points on the assessment, you're invited to immigrate.

That's all about it. There are no shortcuts or secret methods.

Start at the Immigration Canada website, which explains everything you need to know ... Express Entry is the fastest and most popular program. Check it out first.

Immigrate through Express Entry

I am adding one more comment because the question I originally answered was about foreigners finding a job in Canada and I did not mention a tourist visa. Quora merged so the question no longer matches my answer.

Therefore, if you come to Canada on a tourist visa, you cannot legally work in Canada. Period. So the answer is: impossible.

You do not. There are regulations that make it VERY DIFFICULT, if not impossible, to get a job in Canada when applying from outside the country.

Unless you have world-class experience ... and I'm talking about a recognized and leading expert in your field, in which case you wouldn't be asking this question on Quora ... it's impossible to get a job in Canada from outside of Canada. And so ...

To hire someone from outside of Canada, the employer must obtain a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) showing that no one in Canada can do that job. This is MANDATORY… it is not optional.

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You do not. There are regulations that make it VERY DIFFICULT, if not impossible, to get a job in Canada when applying from outside the country.

Unless you have world-class experience ... and I'm talking about a recognized and leading expert in your field, in which case you wouldn't be asking this question on Quora ... it's impossible to get a job in Canada from outside of Canada. And so ...

To hire someone from outside of Canada, the employer must obtain a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) showing that no one in Canada can do that job. This is MANDATORY… it is not optional.

This regulation gives workers already in Canada priority for available jobs. (It is as if the Canadian government is trying to act in the best interest of Canadians and those already in the country.)

The requirements for an LMIA cost the employer at LEAST three months of time ... and advertising costs that will vary ... because the employer has to widely advertise the position in Canada for one month.

I posted national job ads for a previous employer and that can easily cost thousands of dollars. If the employer receives applications from Canadians, of whom there are 36 million, more than half of whom have college degrees, the employer has no reason to hire outside of the county.

If the employer does not receive candidates, before hiring outside of Canada, the employer must apply for an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada. Processing this takes two months. The fee is $ 1,100 Canadian.

The employer then has to wait for the job applicant's (temporary) or PR (permanent) work permit to be approved, which will be a MINIMUM of six months and easily take a year or more.

So we are talking about a delay of at least a year and possibly two more years before the out-of-county worker can even begin work. So for example, if a restaurant needs a cook, it will simply hire someone who is already in Canada and who is legally qualified to work in Canada.

There are many qualified Canadian applicants, those born here and those who have already immigrated to Canada and can legally work in Canada.

All of the above explains why it is so difficult for someone outside of Canada to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. Hiring outside of Canada is so time consuming and expensive that most Canadian employers don't even look at an application outside of the county.

When I was helping with hiring from a previous employer, we simply deleted out-of-country applications without reading; We already had a ton of applications from people already in Canada, so there was no point in even opening out-of-county applicant submissions.

Many companies have their applicant tracking software configured to automatically remove out-of-county applications.

In addition to all the regulatory requirements, Canadian employers do not have the time or resources to attempt to verify references / qualifications from outside the country, especially those in an unfamiliar language. They are also unwilling to hire someone they have never met, as collaborative teamwork is an important part of Canadian workplaces.

Anyone who tells you otherwise, especially if they are asking you for money to find a job in Canada, is probably trying to scam you to get your money.

By the way, if you do not have a valid job offer when you apply to immigrate to Canada, you must have enough money available to stay in Canada while you relocate. The current amount for a single person is $ 12,669 CAD.

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