If the surge of U.S. visitors to the Workopolis site during the election results is any indication, now is the time to entice talented American candidates to cross the border. Here’s a run-down of the three ways to bring U.S. talent to your company.
Through Express Entry
This group of immigration programs was created to help Canadian employers to fill open positions faster (usually the process takes less than six months). Employers can use Express Entry if their hires are Federal Skilled Workers or Federal Skilled Trades – both of which are dictated by the National Occupational Classification – or if they qualify for the Canadian Experience Class, which means they have managerial, professional, or technical experience working in Canada.
Through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Through this program, potential employees can be nominated for immigration through a province or territory (expect Quebec, which has its own system) if they “have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory.” Depending on the province, this program might be combined with the Express Entry program, or it might be separate.
Through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or International Mobility Program
These programs allow employers to fill temporary vacancies when qualified local talent isn’t available. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program usually requires an assessment to prove that the employer tried to fill the job locally, and that the job offer is genuine. The International Mobility Program, however, doesn’t require an assessment – instead, it’s focused on “broader economic, cultural or other competitive advantages for Canada.”
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