Foreign Nationals who have been hired into continuing, probationary or tenured positions at Western must apply for permanent residency if they plan on staying and living in Canada. Work permits issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada are intended to be temporary. Work permits are not issued indefinitely.
Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented a new method of application called Express Entry. With Express Entry, foreign nationals create a profile earning a set number of points. IRCC will issue "Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Foreign Nationals who met a minimum number of points as established by IRCC.
Extensive documentation is required in preparation for creating a profile and a complete permanent residence application. Some of the major documents that are required for submission include, but not limited to, the following:
The principal applicant must register for one of the following English Proficiency exams:
Please ensure that you register for the GENERAL exam
Please ensure that you register for the GENERAL TRAINING exam
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIAs)
LMIAs are obtained for Foreign Nationals in full time positions that are continuing, probationary or tenured. LMIAs are issued by ESDC and may used to obtain a set number of points as long as the current work permit has been issued based on the LMIA.
Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
An ECA is required to receive Comprehensive Ranking System points for your foreign education. To obtain a higher set of points, Foreign Nationals may have ALL degrees assessed or only the highest degree assessed.
Specialist physicians (NOC 3111) or general practitioner/family physician (NOC 3131) must have an ECA conducted by the Medical Council of Canada.
For full information on ECAs as well as where ECAs may be completed, please review the IRCC website.
Police Clearance Certificates
Clearances will be required for all applicants over the age of 18 for all countries where you have lived for six months or longer since the age of 18.
All applicants (primary applicant and dependent children) will need to include photocopies of birth, marriage, separation, and/or divorce certificates in the application. In cases where there are dependent children who will be accompanying the principal applicant to Canada, custody papers or notarized letters from ex-spouses will need to be included to confirm the custody arrangement.
Employment contracts from your current and previous employers.
Hints for the Application Process
- Compile all required documents when completing your profile on Express Entry
- Gather all employer reference letters
- FBI police clearances take approximately 3 months once your application is submitted
- Once you receive your ITA, your entire application must be submitted in 90 days
- All documents must be uploaded with your initial submission! Documents can only be uploaded a later time if additional documentation is requested by IRCC. If all documentation is not included with your initial submission, your application may be deemed incomplete
- If ANY documentation is missing, your application may be deemed incomplete and processing will be discontinued.