September 04, 2018
For U.S. and Mexican citizens currently working in Canada on a NAFTA work permit, the good news is it seems they can rest easy with respect to their work authorization regardless of what happens to NAFTA as the Canadian immigration authorities have indicated that people working in Canada on a NAFTA professional work permit will be allowed to stay until their permit expires
With U.S. President Donald Trump to re-negotiate NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Canada is now back at the negotiating table with hope a deal can be reached to save NAFTA. But there are growing concerns for what its possible end could mean to the many American and Mexican citizens currently working in Canada on a NAFTA professional work permit.
The benefit of the NAFTA work permit is to exempt the Canadian employer from the obligation of applying for LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) prior to the work permit being granted that is the most difficult part of the work permit application process.
however In case of NAFTA’s demise, workers who wish to continue residing in Canada after their NAFTA permit expires have a number of permanent residency options that they could consider, from Express Entry to Canada’s various Provincial Nominee Programs.