How IRCC Verifies the Authenticity of Your Job Offer

A job offer can significantly bolster a Canadian immigration application.

Securing employment and obtaining Canadian work experience is frequently essential for qualifying for numerous economic immigration programs. Furthermore, possessing a Canadian job offer can facilitate obtaining a work permit, enabling individuals to reside and work in Canada before achieving permanent residence (PR) status.

However, job offers can also be used in scams, making newcomers vulnerable to fraud. To combat this, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has developed a framework to verify the authenticity of job offers. The verification process is comprehensive and may involve the following steps:

Verification of Employer Information:

Employer’s Business Legitimacy: IRCC checks if the employer is a legitimate and active business in Canada. This can involve reviewing business registration documents, tax records, and other relevant business licenses.

Previous Compliance: The employer’s history with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) or International Mobility Program (IMP) is reviewed to ensure they have complied with the program requirements in the past.

Contacting the Employer:

Direct Communication: IRCC may contact the employer directly to confirm the details of the job offer. This can include phone calls, emails, or even site visits.

Document Verification: Employers might be asked to submit additional documents such as the employment contract, job descriptions, and proof of the need for the foreign worker.

Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA):

For positions that require an LMIA, Service Canada assesses whether hiring a foreign worker will have a positive, neutral, or negative impact on the Canadian labor market. This assessment includes verifying the job offer and ensuring it meets Canadian employment standards.

The LMIA process involves advertising efforts made by the employer to hire Canadians or permanent residents first, and checking the wages and working conditions offered.

Review of Job Offer Details:

Job Requirements: IRCC examines whether the qualifications and experience required for the job match the applicant’s profile.

Job Duties and Compensation: The specifics of the job, such as duties, salary, benefits, and working conditions, are reviewed to ensure they are consistent with Canadian standards for that particular occupation.

Applicant’s Profile:

Consistency Check: IRCC cross-references the applicant’s information and work experience with the job offer to ensure there are no discrepancies or signs of misrepresentation.

Site Visits and Audits:

For certain high-risk applications or randomly selected cases, IRCC might conduct site visits to the employer’s place of business to verify the job offer and working conditions.

Collaboration with Other Agencies:

Provincial/Territorial Authorities: IRCC may collaborate with provincial or territorial authorities to verify business operations and the validity of job offers.

Employment Standards Offices: These offices can provide additional insights into the employer’s compliance with local labor laws.

These measures help IRCC ensure that job offers made to foreign workers are genuine and that employers are committed to maintaining fair working conditions and compliance with Canadian employment standards. By meeting these criteria, employers and applicants can facilitate a smoother immigration process and contribute to a fair labor market. For personalized advice and assistance with Canadian immigration, feel free to contact the Novus Immigration Services. Licensed as the Regulated Canadian Immigration Law and Consultant Firm by the Bar Council of British Columbia, Canada. Discover more about Canadian Experience Class, Express Entry, PNP, Permanent Residence, and the document checklist.

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