Although it is usually difficult to obtain an
(work visa) in Canada, some people with special skills are given
priority. For example, certain Software Professionals are
required in Canada for the following sub-sectors: Telecommunications,
Software Services, Management Information Systems, Embedded Software,
Software Products, Animation, and Multimedia Applications.
The Software Development Worker Pilot Project has been developed to attract skilled foreign workers on a temporary basis. Workers with these skills are being aggressively recruited by software companies in Canada. This project allows qualified people to obtain Employment Authorizations without completing the usual validation process.
SHRC (The Software Human Resource Council) is a national voice for software professionals throughout the Canadian economy. SHRC is a corporation established in 1992 to specifically address the human resource requirements of the domestic software sector.
A national pilot project for the spouses of temporary foreign workers was launched on October 15, 1998. Under this pilot project, the spouses of workers coming to Canada for jobs in certain high skill occupations in key high growth sectors of the economy are able to work here more easily and have to undergo fewer administrative processes. This project enables the spouses of certain key foreign workers to accept employment through a facilitated validation process.
The Foreign Worker Program is sometimes appropriate for people who are not software professionals, but have other valuable job skills that are in demand in Canada. Before applying for an Employment Authorization, you must have a prospective employer in Canada. The employer will be asked to demonstrate:
- that he/she has made reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadian citizens and permanent residents before hiring a foreign worker and that qualified Canadian citizens and permanent residents were considered first;
- that the working conditions, salary, and other factors are sufficient to attract and retain Canadian citizens and permanent residents;
- that the admission of a foreign worker will help create or maintain employment in Canada and provide training opportunities or transfer specialized knowledge to workers in Canada.
An Employment Authorization for a Business Internship Program can usually be obtained quite easily, as long as the internship is an necessary and integral part of an educational program. You may apply by mail, after obtaining a Student Authorization. There is no application fee. Information
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