5-Step Guide to Boost Your Chances of Landing a Dream Job in Canada

Anybody thinking about immigrating to Canada often hears that the toughest part of Canadian immigration is the job offer. Well, securing a job in a foreign country is never easy. But, there are ways in which you can soften this challenge.

Your options include focusing on immigration without bothering about the job offer to using professional immigration and job-search services to find the right opportunity in Canada. Or, you can take the bold step of exploring business immigration or a Canadian degree instead.

Check out five actionable tips that can simplify the process of finding a job in Canada.

Check out No-Job-Offer Immigration Options

The most unique feature of Canada’s immigration system is that a job offer is not compulsory to qualify for permanent residence. You can get a work permit only if you have a job offer. However, direct permanent residence through Express Entry or through any provincial nomination program is possible even without a job offer.

If you have enough funds to sustain yourself and your family in Canada, then you can qualify for PR even if you have not secured a job in Canada. Finding a job when you are living in Canada is a lot easier then applying online from a foreign country.

So, the smartest strategy is to explore whether you can move to Canada even if you don’t have a job offer.

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Focus on Job Search + Work Permit Formalities

If you don’t prefer direct permanent residence or want to move only after securing a job, then you must focus on your job search as well as applicable work permit rules including the requirement of positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Finding a job in a foreign country is never just about the candidate’s qualifications, experience, and salary expectations. Employers have to consider work permit formalities, LMIA-related advertising rules, visa fees and charges, and a host of other compliances.

In such a scenario, you can improve your prospects of landing a job if you get your profile assessed by an immigration professional in advance. A positive assessment from an immigration attorney about your eligibility for LMIA approval and work permit can significantly boost your chances.

Most employers are likely to rely on their own immigration attorney for the formalities. However, the fact that you understand the importance of qualifying for a work permit and LMIA approval will portray you in a very positive light.

Immigration and Job-Search Assistance from a Single Professional

Many Canadian immigration professionals understand the importance of a valid job offer for foreign skilled workers. This is why many professionals offer both immigration as well as job-search services.

So, choosing an immigration professional early will mean you will get comprehensive assistance covering your eligibility for work permits, job-search assistance, as well as input about other immigration options at your disposal.

Think Out of the Box—How About a Canadian Degree?

Many skilled workers give up on their dream of moving to Canada when they fail to get a job offer. Don’t quit too early. Instead, work with your immigration advisor and explore the option of becoming an international student in Canada.

A coop visa allows you to study and work at the same time. Further, you have on-campus work as well as off-campus work options on a study permit in Canada. A two-year degree will make you eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit that allows you to spend an additional three years in the country even if you don’t have a job.

So, be prepared for out-of-the-box options like a Canadian degree that will help you gain work experience and contacts in Canada and become eligible for PNP nomination options available to international graduates in Canada.

Don’t Shut Out the Entrepreneur Option

How about starting your own business in Canada and appointing yourself as an employee of your own business? There are numerous LMIA-exempt work permit options for those setting up their own businesses in Canada. You can also explore the Startup Visa option to qualify for a work permit in the country.

This option covers LMIA-exempt work permits as well as PNP business streams offering the two-step route to nomination for foreign businesspersons.  

If you have adequate funds and a good business idea, then you should seriously consider moving to Canada as a businessperson. The skilled-worker route may seem safer but you should be prepared to explore radical options if it improves the chances of making your dream of moving to Canada come true.

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