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Getting Promoted as a Temporary Foreign Worker

Getting Promoted as a Temporary Foreign Worker

Becoming a temporary foreign worker (TFW) in Canada can certainly earn well. Getting promoted, on the other hand, can be complicated. Still, it could be well worth it, especially if you’re looking to move to Canada.

How do I get promoted as a TFW?

The natural first step to get promoted is to get your employer  to want to promote you. However the process to do so is not as simple as giving you a raise.

Getting promoted, specifically to that qualifying to a different NOC, goes through a process similar to getting your initial work permit. This entails your employer having to obtain a new LMIA for the position you’re filling. Although obtaining a new LMIA can be costly for employers, it is quite common to find those who are more than willing to make that investment.

After obtaining a favorable LMIA, you will need to file for a change of conditions, and a restoration application. Success would mean you get a new work permit that properly reflects your new position.

Why would I want to get promoted?

Not only will getting promoted earn more, it may also open up new possibilities depending on your new NOC. In particular, getting a new NOC that falls under the 0, A, and B types and having enough experience means you’re eligible for applying to become a permanent resident under the express entry. Obtaining NOC type 0 positions are particularly attractive and relatively easy positions to obtain (i.e. without having to go to college/university).

See: What is an NOC?

Alternatively, your particular NOC (not limited to 0, A, and B) may be in demand in the province you’re residing in. This means you can potentially apply for permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These programs vary from province to province, so be sure to check them out.

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