Yes. A US citizen can work in Canada in 2020. If a US citizen meets the expected conditions and requirements given by the Canadian government and their immigration service, he/she will be eligible to be admitted to work in Canada.
In this article, we will enlighten you on the different ways and options in which an American citizen can work in Canada legally.
The options are stated below;
1. Apply for the Canadian Work Permit
Because of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA), it is very easy for citizens of United States to get the work permit they need to work in Canada. But there are requirements that must be met for the application to be accepted such as;
- The American citizen must be offered a job by Canadian employer
- The job that is being offered has to be listed in the USMCA agreement
- The applicant must be able to solidly proof that they are a citizen of the United States
- The applicant must have work experience and educational qualifications that make them suitable for the job they have been offered in Canada.
It is expected that your Canadian employer will apply for the work permit on your behalf in Canada while you are still in the United States. This work permit will be given to you once it is done processing.
Also, you may be asked to get a positive Labour Market Opinion called LMO. This, your employer will also get for you. The positive LMO tells the Canadian government that there are no other Canadian citizens that can do the job you are being offered.
2. The Skilled Workers Program
There are requirements for you to qualify for the skilled workers program in Canada. Some of them are;
i. You need to have high eligibility scores when your point system is measured on the basis of your work experience, educational qualification, age etc. Because it is based on this fact that you’ll be graded against other applicants. And if your score is too low, you might not be admitted to come and work in Canada.
ii. Also, you need to have a one-year full-time experience working in your industry. Be it technical occupation, paraprofessional occupation, management or skilled occupations. Through this skilled workers program, you can work in Canada as a US citizen and even get permanent residency.
3. The Business Immigration program
If you are a business person an investor or in a managerial position and you can contribute positively to the Canadian economy, you will be granted entry into Canada. There are the Federal Start-up Visa program and the PNP business immigration program.
If you have a startup you wish to establish in Canada or you wish to acquire a business or make an investment in Canada, the two options above are ways in which you can apply.
They are the Federal Start-up Visa program and the PNP Business Immigration program.
The Quebec province has a separate immigration program. The Federal Start-up Visa program is for those that want to build and innovative business in Canada. It is also called the Entrepreneur Start-up Visa program. This program’s purpose is to admit innovative thinking entrepreneurs into Canada who will then go on to create jobs in Canada and boost the economy.
There are many requirements to be eligible for this program so you should go through them thoroughly. The PNP business immigration known as the Provincial Nominee Program is the business immigration option for many provinces in Canada.
Depending on the province you wish to establish business in, there are unique requirements to be met. If you are eligible, you will be nominated to reside in the province permanently and do your business there.
There are minimum net worths to have, minimum investment amounts to have etc. You can visit www.canada.ca for more information on the PNP business immigration program.
In conclusion, the three main methods explained above are legit ways in which a US citizen can migrate to Canada and work in the country.