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Immigration Applications

1. Work Permit

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you are required to obtain a valid permit to work in British Columbia. A labour market opinion (LMO) is conducted before Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue a work permit.

To successfully receive a positive LMO and work permit, take the following steps:
  • Register with the appropriate Registration and Licensing.
  • Apply for a position with Northern Health and receive an offer of employment for a full time position.
  • Provide the necessary information to Northern Health so we can request a positive LMO from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Apply for a work permit through a visa office at a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate abroad.
  • You must pass a medical examination before coming to Canada. Your visa office will provide you with instructions before you see a designated medical practitioner.
 2. NAFTA Work Permit Program

Under the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) program, some professionals from the United States and Mexico are not required to have a LMO conducted in order to obtain a work permit. To qualify, you must work in one of the professions listed in the NAFTA professions list.

More information on how to apply for a work permit is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

3. Provincial Nominee Program

As a full time employee working under a work permit, you will have the option to apply for permanent residency once you successfully pass a three-month probationary period and have full registration with your regulatory body.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program helps eligible employees fast track their application for Canadian permanent resident status. To learn more about the program – including its fees, process and requirements go to the Welcome BC website.
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