IEC work permits are one of the easiest immigration pathways that enable young people to work and live in Canada for a specified period.
As much as there are three programs one could use to get a work permit, namely:
- Working Holiday visa
- Young Professionals Visa
- International Co-op Visa
Working holiday visas remains the most popular program that one can use to work and live temporarily in Canada.
It is natural to fall in love with the beautiful scenery in Canada.
Towards the end of their legal stay, most people wished they had more time to explore the beautifully crafted city.
This article will save you that disappointment and illustrate practical and effective techniques to exploit your IEC work permit fully.
How To Extend Your IEC Work Permits to Canada
There are practical techniques to extend your IEC work permit to Canada. These techniques include:
There is a famous adage that says early to bed, early to rise. There is no doubt that if you start making early preparations to extend your IEC work permit to Canada, you hardly will be caught up in time.
To make this almost impossible, it would be best if you secure the services of a professional.
They are instrumental due to the short duration of IEC work permits which do not give you much time to arrive, get a job, and apply for a Permanent Residence.
In most cases, we find that IEC work permit holders contact our office when there is not enough time to do anything related to applying for a PR.
It is essential to understand your options as soon as possible to put yourself in a position to enjoy a large number of options to stay in Canada for as long as you like.
Do Not Venture Into Self-Employment.
Self-employment does not value factors that will increase your chances of successfully applying for Permanent Residence.
If you spend your time in Canada starting your own business or working as a small contractor, you significantly reduce your future options.
It is better to work for someone else, on payroll, during your work permit validity and save your excellent business development ideas for when you have obtained Permanent Resident status—a win-win.
Job Hunt As A Visitor
It is illegal to start a job if you do not have a work permit. However, if you own a working holiday permit and are from a visa-exempt country, it would be best to travel to Canada first as a visitor to a job hunt.
Then, if you are successfully offered a job, you can return to the port of entry and ask that your working holiday permit be issued.
It would save you a wasted time searching for a job because you have only a limited time. Sometimes, an application for permanent residence requires at least one year of work experience.
For example, if you enter Canada with a one-year work permit and spend the first month looking for work, you have already missed the opportunity to apply for a Permanent Residence through some of the categories available.
Search for High-End In-Demand Job With Few Labour Force
To increase your chances of securing a high-end job, you should search for jobs in demand due to the low labor force, as it would significantly increase your eligibility for an LMIA.
You do not want to search for jobs in a competitive market, which could significantly lead to wasted time, effort, and resources.
Exploit Country Citizenship Options
Someone with dual citizenship is eligible to participate in the IEC program for each country. In addition, some programs make it easy to get a work permit in another country.
For instance, If you have citizenship from a country that is a member of the European Union, there may be options under CETA.
Again, if you are a citizen of the U.S., depending on your employment situation, there may be options for you to get another work permit through NAFTA provisions.
In addition, citizens of Australia, Japan, and Mexico are eligible for opportunities due to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement TPP.
Avoid Working Illegally
It would be more profitable to stop working if you are not eligible. It is tempting to change your status to a visitor and continue to work unofficially until the LMIA is approved; it would be best not to do so as this could hurt you in your long-term plan.
You should understand these types of defaulters.
The downside to doing this is that you may find yourself being referred by CBSA instead of getting your new work permit, and you will have to wait six months to apply for your new license.
By then, LMIA will be outdated. Even if you can obtain a new work permit, you have already opened yourself up to maladministration issues in any other immigration applications.
The distortion of the facts has a five-year ban on making any applications to move to Canada.
There may be other legal options that you are unaware of that can help you keep working as long as possible. If you find yourself in this situation, come and talk to us before risking your future.
Carefully Confirm The Expiration Of Your Work Permit.
Your work permit would be issued less than you are entitled to if your passport expires.
However, you can get some extra time permit that you are entitled to when you have a new passport, provided you apply for a new permit before the expiry of your current permit.
Effect Change To Your Address When Necessary.
It is essential to officially change your address as soon as possible invalid identification cards like your driver’s license, health care coverage, payslips at work, and your income tax filing.
Sometimes, it may be necessary to demonstrate how long you have cohabited with a partner. In addition, you should put the name included on any rental lease and utility bills whenever possible. You do not want to be careless about these things.
Read also: How To Apply For a Canadian Work Permit
Earn Your Employer’s Attention
It would be best to earn your employer’s attention due to your job input. For example, your employer might help you be eligible to stay longer in Canada as a worker or apply for Permanent Residence by increasing your CRS score based on employment points.
Make sure you set yourself as the most critical employee in your work environment by always working in ways that add value to your employer’s company.
Then, if you need to ask for your employer’s help, they will not think twice about doing whatever they can to help you stay in Canada. Very practical.
Have A Backup Plan
It would be wise to have a backup plan if all does not go according to your plan. For example, suppose you are not eligible to apply for Permanent Residence during the period of your work permit validity.
In that case, you may apply for a study permit to complete a program at a Canadian post-secondary institution which means you must have a minimum of $10,000 for living expenses plus the tuition fee for the first year.
It will give you essential benefits, including working part-time while studying and the opportunity to work open after completing the relevant study programs.
In addition, the Canadian database will provide you with many potential PR application options and provide you with more time to reset.