If you have been following up issues about VISA Lottery, you’d know about the widespread rumour that Canada is due to begin a new immigration lottery, similar to the DV VISA lottery in the United States, this is untrue. The story stems from an article published online that citizens from 16 countries could apply for a, fake 2017 Canadian Lottery.
The government of Canada has not made any public announcement that such a lottery will open, and there is no reason to believe that such a program will be launched. The story being circulated appears to be fraudulent.
The false story lists a range of eligibility requirements for interested citizens of Oman, Ethiopia, Philippines, Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Nigeria Gambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Pakistan, Zambia, Thailand, Uganda, Fiji, and Lesotho.
The story does not cite a government source. Indeed, it incorrectly names the department overseeing immigration to Canada as ‘Canadian Immigration and Citizenship’ (the correct name is Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).
The eligibility requirements, the list of eligible countries, the dates, and process guidelines all appear to be completely made up.
Readers are encouraged to treat news of a general visa lottery in Canada for citizens of the aforementioned countries as untrue. Moreover, do not engage the services of any individual, entity, or group that tells individuals that they can assist with an application to this fake program.
For more information about how you can protect yourself from immigration fraud, please see the Official Canadian government’s website.
Now The Good News; Foreign Works in Canada: Canada is actively seeking foreign workers and professionals to help grow its strong national workforce. Whether you are looking for permanent or temporary work in Canada, or even if you are a Canadian employer seeking to bring in skilled professionals from abroad, below you will find some valuable online resources to help accomplish your goals.
In most cases, in order to work in Canada, the foreign worker will need a work permit. However, there are a number of circumstances where you may be able to work in Canada without a work permit. In addition, there are number of other ways to work in Canada without undergoing the traditional work permit application process, including work permits granted for working holidays, post-graduate work permits or permits issued under NAFTA.
Are you looking for jobs in Canada?
If you are looking for work in Canada or already have a job offer from a Canadian employer and are unsure of what to do next, there’s a perfect tools to get you started. You may also wish to check out some of this great employment resources, such as the Canadian Job Search Tool, the Canadian Resume Builder, or other Canadian Career Coaching Tools.
Types of Canadian Work Permit
- The Standard Work Permits: These work permits require the employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment as part of the process.
- Post-Graduation Work Permits: After graduating from a designated Canadian educational institution, international graduates may work in Canada for up to 3-years.
- LMIA Exemptions Permits: Certain circumstances allow for individuals to work in Canada without first obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
- NAFTA Work Permits: These permits are issued under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing work without a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
- International Experience Canada Permits: Canada has a mutual agreement with many other countries that allow a number of individuals of a certain age to work in Canada for a time.
- Intra-Company Transfers Permits: These permits will allow a company to bring certain employees to Canada from its offices abroad. These permits do not require a LMIA.
Apply for a Canadian VISA; Find a VISA Application Center
Visa application centres (VACs) accept applications for student permits, work permits, visitor Visas (temporary resident VISA), and travel documents for permanent residents.
VACs DO NOT accept applications for Immigration, Express Entry, Authorization to Return to Canada, Temporary Resident Permits, Rehabilitation and Voluntary Renunciation of Permanent Resident Status.
- answer questions in local languages and make sure that applicants are complete
- transmit application documents and passports to the visa office securely
- return passport and decision documents securely
- offer a tracking service
- schedule interviews and provide application photographs and photocopies for a fee
- provide access to a computer to apply online
- collect biometrics (fingerprints and photograph)