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wakeshine
9/8/2017 06:34 EST

Hi there. I am trying to find a job in Canada. I have lived in the UK all my life and am a British citizen. But I am confused about the process. The jobs I am trying to find are probably a niche market, so few and far between. When I have gone to careers pages of organisations which could potentially have relevant positions, I have found positions I could potentially apply for, Most of them say 'Only Canadian Citizens, legal residents or residents with a legal work permit will be considered.' I am confused as to what this means. Here in the UK, the person applies for a job and then sorts out a work permit after securing the job - either with the help of the company who gave them the job, or individually applying. But you get the job first. What do I have to do for Canada - how can I get a work permit or become a legal resident without a job there yet? Do the companies not sponsor? A few months ago there was a company in Vancouver that seemed very interested in me. I was interviewed twice and they seemed very keen, They said they would go and check on what I needed to do for the immigration process and thhen they got back to me saying that they wouldn't be progressing my application, but there was no explanation. I tried to ask them about it but I got no response.

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regnatarajan
9/8/2017 12:03 EST

Wakeshine, any employer that includes in their ad some variant on 'Only Canadian Citizens, legal residents or residents with a legal work permit will be considered' is effectively saying to you 'we will not sponsor immigrant applicants for this job'.

If your skills are extremely niche-market as you indicated, I'd consider contacting potential employers directly to see if they are interested in possibly sponsoring you. It's a complicated process for a Canadian employer to do this, and it involves considerable risk on their part. I've been through the process a few times from the employer's side and it's a giant pain. Employers are also absolutely required to undertake a lengthy search for a Canadian first.

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OutOfHereUSA
9/8/2017 15:05 EST

Canada has extensive information on their websites regarding all issues with immigration and work visas. Suggest you try that directly first, especially if you are IN canada now.

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wakeshine
9/10/2017 11:04 EST

Thank you do much for your reply and making things clearer for me. I will investigate the options you have mentioned.

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wakeshine
9/10/2017 11:05 EST

Thanks. Well I did look on the websites and became even more confused. I am not in Canada yet as I can't afford to move there without a job first.

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regnatarajan
9/10/2017 13:13 EST

Bud, you posted at 11:04 that you would investigate these options and then you posted at 11:05 that you had looked and gotten confused. Nice to see you gave your life-changing dream a whole minute of investigation. I'm not sure you're cut out for immigration (or anything else).

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wakeshine
9/10/2017 13:33 EST

Nice to see also that peoples' sarcasm skills are better than their helping skills. Also there was more than a minute between going and looking and posting my reply to the other poster. This the internet, I wouldn't take it literally. And I haven't finished researching but thanks for your help.

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