Work Permit for Successful People under Significant Benefits to Canada
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Gazala is a famous Algerian author, political analyst, and speaker. She holds a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Ouargla (Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla). She has written five books in French, two books in English, and three books in Arabic. She has delivered hundreds of speeches in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. She is known for her well-informed, pragmatic, and engaging speeches. Gazala has been interviewed by hundreds of news outlets in the past few years. A Canadian news agency intends to hire Gazala as their African and Middle East senior director. She will work in their office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The news agency wonders if they can quickly skip the LMIA process and receive Gazala’s work permit.
When you intend to work in Canada, you usually need to go through a process called LMIA, which is getting a seal of approval from an ESDC officer. The LMIA process is time-consuming, costly, and prone to failure. Luckily, the government of Canada offers many LMIA exemption opportunities under the International Mobility Program or IMP.
The IMP programs come with several LMIA exemption codes. One of these codes is C10 or Canadian interests – Significant benefit.
Jobs Falling under Significant Benefit
The jobs that fall under this code need to meet the following criteria.
- There are no other LMIA exemption codes for the position
- The job results in significant benefits to the social or cultural fabric of Canada
- The employer is not frivolous
Employees Falling under Significant Benefit
The employee needs to be highly successful in their field. Their track record must show they can significantly contribute to the Canadian social, economic, or cultural fabric. The officers heavily rely on external resources to approve the employee. For example, they look into reference letters from field experts and articles published by credible media outlets. They also look into the history and credentials of the applicant. They, for example, consider the applicant’s educational background and employment or business experience.
The officers tend to refuse requests and ask for an LMIA unless they find the answers to the following questions convincing:
- Has the applicant received any national or international awards or recognition?
- Do the current and previous employees attest to the relevancy of the applicant’s experience and skills to the offered position in Canada?
- Has the applicant ever been a judge of the works of others in their field?
- Has the applicant published research papers, books, or articles related to the offered position?
- Are the applicant’s educational background and credentials significant and related to their expertise?
- Is the applicant a well-known national or international organization member in their field?
- Has the applicant ever led any organizations related to the offered position?
The preceding list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but it can help you have an idea about a potentially successful candidate. Some candidates may not fall under this code (i.e. C10), but they may qualify for other LMIA exemption codes. Read the following article for more insight.
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