Online Tool Helps Employers Determine an Immigrant’s Eligibility to Work

A free online learning tool details the different immigrant categories and helps employers determine if they can legally hire a newcomer.

Employers sometimes wonder whether a job candidate’s immigration status allows them to work in Canada.

The answer is simple, according to a new online learning tool from LASI World Skills. If a newcomer has a Social Insurance Number (SIN), then he is eligible to work in Canada.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of Canada’s 1.1 million newcomers are eligible to work in Canada, according to the 2006 Census.

The free e-learning tool “This applicant is an immigrant. Would the person be eligible to work here?” explains the difference between permanent residence status and temporary work permits.

There is also a diagram that details the different categories of immigrants by permanent residence status (economic immigrants, family-class immigrants and refugees) and work permit status (live-in caregivers, temporary foreign workers, international students and inland refugee claimants).

When you click on the different immigrant classes, the diagram shows which different potential immigrants (such as university students or educated professionals) move through the class and how they can potentially achieve permanent resident status.

Go to the online learning tool.

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