Pre/ After-Arrival & Settlement Services
a). When you arrive in Canada
- Prepare for your job search from your country of residence even before your arrival in Canada
- your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk
- the system will check your identity against the information collected when your application was submitted
- Build connections with vast network of employers across Canada
- your fingerprints may be checked if we refer you to a secondary inspection, where a border services officer will use a fingerprint verification device to check your fingerprints
If you pass the identity check and meet the entry requirements, the BSO will stamp your passport or let you know how long you can stay in Canada. Ask questions if you’re not sure about something.
You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. You must convince the officer that you are eligible for entry into Canada. You’ll also have to convince the officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your approved stay.
b). Presenting your documents
- your passport
- your visa (if you need one), and
- any travel documents you’re carrying (such as airline tickets)
- proof that you meet requirements of the job, such as proof of work experience and education,
- a copy of your employer’s positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (if required), or
- the offer of employment number your employer received when they submitted the offer of employment through the Employer Portal (if you are LMIA-exempt and coming to work for a specific employer).
c). Getting a social insurance number
d). Your spouse working in Canada
If you have a spouse or common-law partner who wants to work in Canada, they must apply for their own work permit. Normally, they must meet the same rules as you do. This includes getting an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada, if needed.
Your spouse or common-law partner may be able to apply for an open work permit that will let them accept any job with any employer.
e). Your children studying or working in Canada
f). Staying in Canada
g). Employment and labour standards
Each province and territory have standards to protect employers and employees.
Labour standards include rules about:
- minimum wage,
- hours of work,
- rest periods, and
- days of rest.
If you have any questions about labour standards or if you think your employer is not meeting them, contact the ministry in charge of labour or employment standards in the province or territory where you work.
To find out more about employment standards and your rights, see Understand your rights – temporary workers.