Ingrid (G.L.) Been-Reuvekamp, the owner of Visa2Canada Immigration & Settlement Services is authorized to be engaged in foreign worker recruitment by the governments of the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This authorization is required in order to conform to the Worker Recruitment and Protection Act (WRAPA) in Manitoba and the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services (FWRIS) Act in Saskatchewan.
For employers who retain Visa2Canada in their foreign worker recruitment, we do have a database of potential skilled workers; we may be able to match an employer with one of the skilled workers already in the database.
Foreign Worker Recruitment
Visa2Canada Immigration & Settlement Services can help Canadian employers find and recruit eligible qualified foreign workers.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) must usually grant approval of an employer’s application through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA verifies that there is a need for a foreign worker and that the employment of the foreign worker will have no adverse effects on employment opportunities for Canadians or Permanent Residents of Canada.
Employers may hire qualified and eligible international foreign workers residing outside of Canada, or already residing in Canada. Eligible and qualified foreign workers already residing in Canada may include those who are near completion of a job contract with another employer or those who hold an open work permit which allows them to work for any employer in Canada. Foreign workers are allowed to work in Canada for a maximum of 4 years.
If an employer is hiring a foreign worker through our services, it is expected that the employer will take care of the fees required for the work permit application. In some cases, it might be a government requirement that an employer is also responsible for transportation and/or housing of the foreign worker.
Although the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is designed to permit employers to hire qualified foreign workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages, many foreign workers may become eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class or a Provincial Nominee Program.
Visa2Canada offers tailored immigration solutions to organizations employing or interested in employing foreign nationals. Available services include:
- Access to our database with resumes of foreign workers, all are screened upfront
- Short and long term planning advice
- Tracking and responding to expiry and renewal dates of work permits
- Preparing and submitting Labour Market Impact Assessments and additional work permits and/or permanent residency applications
- Identifying applicable exemptions
- Liaising with respective authorities
- Liaising with professional and regulatory bodies
- Presentations to employers and/or (foreign) employees
- One-on-one sessions with employees on individual immigration matters
Tailored Immigration Solution Packages
Our solution packages can include a full service offering in which all immigration facets are cared for, including ad hoc advice on specific issues or (back up) support to employers handling immigration matters internally. The packages are generally invoiced according to time spent, or by piece-based consultations.
Visa2Canada Immigration & Settlement Services is experienced in serving the following industries, but is not limited to:
- Agriculture & Horticulture
- Manufacturing (heavy duty mechanics, airplane industry, welding, etc.)
- Chemical industry
- Professional services
- Live-In Caregivers
Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as LMO, is issued when Service Canada has provided permission to an employer to hire a foreign national for a specified position. Canadian employers are required to prove that no suitable Canadians or permanent residents are available to fill the position. When assessing an LMIA application officers assess whether:
- efforts have been made to recruit or train Canadians
- the prevailing wage rate for the region is being met
- any labour disputes may be adversely affected and
- a foreign worker will:
- fill a labour shortage
- be able to transfer skills/knowledge to Canadians
- and/or, will promote job creation or retention
In some cases, preparation of a Transition Plan is required; this document is prepared by the employer with our guidance.