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UK Nationals Can Get Expedited Work Permits Under CUKTCA

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"Are you a resident of the United Kingdom? Do you want to gain work and life experience in Canada? UK nationals will now be able to apply for expedited Canadian work permits. Canada and UK made a post-Brexit trade agreement that will allow UK nationals, who were previously eligible for a work permit under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), will also be able to apply for a work permit under the Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement (CUKTCA)."
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Published on:  Jun 30, 2021
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Are you a resident of the United Kingdom? Do you want to gain work and life experience in Canada? UK nationals will now be able to apply for expedited Canadian work permits. Canada and UK made a post-Brexit trade agreement that will allow UK nationals, who were previously eligible for a work permit under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), will also be able to apply for a work permit under the Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement (CUKTCA).

Temporary work permits provided under CUKTCA will not require the applicants to provide a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), meaning they can enjoy faster processing times for their application. If you are already residing in Canada and hold a CETA work permit that’s about to expire, then you can fill out an application for a work permit under CUKTCA.

Who Is Eligible for a Work Permit Under the CUKTCA? 

The following types of UK nationals can apply for a work permit under CUKTCA:

Business Visitors: 

There are 2 types of business visitors: Short-term business visitors and Business visitors coming to invest. Short-term business visitors can stay in Canada for a period between 90 days to 6 months. They can come to Canada for a specific project, carry out meetings and consultations, research and design, or for marketing research, etc.

They cannot, however, come to Canada to sell goods or services, receive a salary from a Canadian source or be employed in the active operations of a business, with some exceptions.

Business visitors coming for investment purposes must be employed in senior management or specialist positions. They will be responsible for establishing the business but not engage directly in transactions with the public or receive a salary from a Canadian source.

You will be considered a business visitor coming for investment purposes if you satisfy the following conditions:

  • You will establish, develop and supervise the operations of the investment made in senior management or supervisory position
  • You are the investor or you are employed by an enterprise that has invested or will invest a substantial amount of capital
  • You are a contractor or professional

In general, business visitors must have at least have a postgraduate degree or a qualification demonstrating an equivalent level of education. They must also have the appropriate license or certification to practice their profession according to the regulations of the province or territory where their business will be established.

Intra-Company Transferees: 

Companies that have a branch, affiliate, subsidiary, or parent company in Canada can transfer key staff under the Intra-Company Transferees program. Companies can transfer employees in senior management or executive positions or employees with specialized knowledge about any functional area of the business. These key staff members will be provided a temporary work permit that is valid for at least 3 years with a possibility of extension for up to 18 months.

Engineering and Scientific Technologists: 

If you are an engineer or scientific technologist with a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, then you can apply for a work permit under the CUKCTA. Your employer will be required to submit your offer of employment and pay an employer compliance fee through the Canadian government’s employer portal. 

Applicants must have the required qualifications to perform the duties of their profession. Applicants must also have at least 1 year of work experience in a UK-based company and 3 years of professional experience. If you are a self-employed professional, then you need at least 6 years of professional experience.

Engineering technologists will also require a post-secondary degree attained from a study program that lasted at least 3 years from a recognized engineering institution. Scientific technologists require a post-secondary degree from a 3-year study program in the field of agriculture, architecture, biology, chemistry, physics, forestry, geology, geophysics, mining, or energy.

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