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The Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (CPAFTA), which entered into force on April 1, 2013, has streamlined a cooperative relationship in the areas of trade, environment and even labour.
The advent of this important agreement allows Canadian employers to secure the services of skilled workers from this country located in southern Central America. The provisions on temporary entry extend not only to citizens but also to permanent residents. Therefore, proof of permanent residence may be submitted in support of an application.
The provisions related to the temporary entry of businesspersons are mentioned in Chapter 13 of the Agreement. The temporary admission they may enjoy implies that they do not intend to settle permanently. Four profiles are mentioned to benefit from the facilities provided. These are: visiting businessmen and women, traders and investors, intra-company transferees and people in a specialized profession. The last two profiles are of more interest to you as employers looking for a workforce. That is what we are going to develop.
A skilled occupation in Canada is defined as skilled occupations that fall under levels O and A of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
A person in this category is engaged in a specialized occupation that requires both:
Computers and information systems
The procedure leading to obtaining a work permit granted to specialised professionals is exempted from carrying out the study of the labour market impact assessment (LMIA).
The applicant may be admitted as a professional under the CPAFTA for the shortest period of time:
Extensions may also be granted in increments of up to 3 years, with no limits on the number of extensions, provided that the person continues to comply with the requirements for professionals.
The officer must be satisfied that the employment is still temporary and that the applicant is not using the CPAFTA as a means of circumventing normal immigration procedures.
It should be noted that the spouses of professionals admitted to temporary residence can also benefit under well-defined conditions from an open work permit covering the period of the conjugal partner’s work permit.
Intra-corporate transferees are a citizen or permanent resident of Panama who hold an executive or managerial position or a position that requires specialized knowledge and who are transferred to perform similar functions in the Canadian business or in a parent, branch, subsidiary or affiliate in Canada.
Panamanian citizens seeking to enter Canada under this category must do the following:
The following requirements apply:
It should be noted that spouses of workers in this category admitted to temporary residence can also benefit under well-defined conditions from an open work permit covering the period of the conjugal partner’s work permit.
The validity period of a work permit initially issued upon entry into Canada can be up to three years.
Extensions may be granted for periods of up to two years, provided that the person concerned always meets the requirements applicable to intra-company transferees.
However, it is necessary to consider the maximum duration that can be reached during renewals. This is specific to each of the categories:
However, persons authorized to enter Canada to establish an office or work in a new office should be issued an initial work permit for up to one year.
The recruitment of temporary foreign workers from Panama also responds to other subtleties that we master perfectly well. We are your best address to effectively solve anydifficulties due to labour shortages.