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Canadian Work Permit Scam in #Nigeria
For you to work in Canada, you must have authorization to do so as per R196 and restrictions as per R196.1(a) and (b).
My focus will be on types of work permit,how to obtain work permit,role of employer and employee in work permit processing,how to identify fake job offer,and jobs that are exempted from #LMIA and work permit.
There are 2 types of work permits in Canada:Open work permits and Employer-specific work permits. An open work permit allows you to work for ANY EMPLOYER in Canada,except for an employer who have failed to comply with conditions & those that offer striptease and erotic dances.
Who can apply for Open Work Permit (OWP)?
•An international student who graduated from a designated learning institution and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.
•A student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student).
•Have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada.
•Applied for permanent residence in Canada
•Are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence.
•Are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student.
•Are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
•Are a refugee, refugee claimant,protected person or their family member.
•Are under an unenforceable removal order.
•Are a temporary resident permit holder.
•Are a young worker participating in special programs.
If your situation is not classified as anyone above,you can not apply for OWP.
In each of these situations,you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.
Employer Specific Work Permits
An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit,which include:
•the name of the employer you can work for.
•how long you can work (Time Limit).
•the location where you can work (if applicable).
Employer Roles in Work Permit Processes:
•Advertise the job in Canada in local and online media with attention of the advert on minority, aboriginals, people with disability,Canadians and Permanent Resident and others residing in Canada for a minimum of 60 days or more.
•If it's Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) required Job,then the employer must apply for LMIA with ESDC after the end of the advert with evidence that no Canadians or PRs are willing to take up the job.
•Pay application fee of $1000CAD for the LMIA processing per employee
•GETS approval for the LMIA.
•OFFER the job/Contract with definitive time of completion, pay structure and compensations.
•Proof of Financial Support.
Employee Roles:
•Must apply for Work permit with government of Canada (IRCC) either online or paper-based submission.
•Must have copy of LMIA from the employer (Beware of fake LMIA)
•Must have a job offer/ Contract from the employer (Beware of fake Job offer).
•Post secondary education with evidence of assessment (ECA report) is a must (for some category like caregivers and few others).
•Pay application fees to IRCC.
•Medical is mandatory for some categories, countries and duration of work.
•Police Certificate might be required.
Here is the SCAM by fake agents in Nigeria and in Canada about Canadian Work Permit.
•Offering of jobs as security guards,cashiers,cleaners in Canada.We're not looking for these groups of workers in Canada.Beware of such job offer from the fake agent. e.g. Job offer from WALMART
•Offering of caregiver jobs with fake contract or job offer with the promise that you do not need IELTS and ECA report.For this role IELTS and ECA are mandatory. Caregiver is LMIA exempt.
•Offering of executive or lower skilled jobs with mouth watering offer of $4,000 per week with the job duties that do not match the offer.
•Social media advertisement of paying for job offers by victims from provinces or employers from Canada. e.g. some people are advertising on social media that Alberta is offering job and charging half a million Naira from Nigerians. This is SCAM. Not such program in #Alberta.
•Get job in Canada with processing timeline within few weeks(Fake).Processing timeline for work permit can be found on IRCC website as per country.
•Be careful of jobs related offer from unverifiable online sources.Don't give out your personal information & Date of Birth please
•Promise of Visa and payment later scam (Fake visa).
•Agent presented Work permit to you (Fake work permit). Note:Work permit is not issued locally but at the Point of Entry upon arrival in Canada.
•You can still do medicals in Nigeria and biometrics at VFS office and yet the job offer might still be fraudulent. Many victims fell for this trap believing that once upfront medicals and biometrics are done then the job is REAL.
•These fraudulent agents copy job contact from some online sources,copy company contact information and present that to you as genuine job offer from a Canadian company or employer. This is a SCAM.
Solution to SCAM Job offers from Canada.
•Reach out to licensed consultant to help you verify such job offer.
•Contact Canadian Immigration office locally
•If it is too juicy, run away from it.
•Do not follow the crowd particularly from Social media or online.
•Limit interaction with the advertisers of such scam work permit.
•Download TRUECALLER app to help IDENTIFY spam calls.
•Report Immediately to RCMP or IRCC about Immigration Fraud.
•Report to your country local enforcement authority (Police, Immigration, and others)
How to Report Immigration and other related Fraud
Call CBSA on 1-888-502-9060
Call RCMP 1-888-495-8501
Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
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