How to Immigrate to Canada as a Truck Driver
Gaining permanent residence in any country as an immigrant is not an easy job. But if you know how to drive the long haul trucks and have a clean driving record, then your job as a truck driver is a ticket to gaining easy access to permanent residence in Canada.
This change has come about because the trucking has been included in the list of in-demand occupations and so an immigrant can apply for a provincial nomination through the In-Demand Skills stream.
There is a high demand for truck drivers in Ontario where the trucking industry is both the province and country’s major mode of transportation. The truck drivers are responsible for carrying 90% of the country’s consumer goods.
It is estimated that by the year 2024 there will be a lack of 14,000 truck drivers in the country without whom the economy cannot run for a single day.
The Provincial Nominee Programs are famous to suit the needs of the province at any particular time and address the country’s immigration needs. The trucking association of Ontario was able to convince the government to include the job of trucking in the list of in-demand occupations in the Ontario Nominee Immigrant Program (ONIP) and thus save the country from a crisis.
What is the In-Demand Skills Stream?
This stream of the ONIP category has now become available for the foreign truck drivers. To be eligible for this you need to have a full-time and permanent truck driving position whose proposed salary should meet industry standards.
Other general requirements are that you must have at least one year of work experience as a truck driver in Ontario in the past three years, you should have completed high school, you must have the certificates and licenses to be a truck driver, you must have enough money to settle in the province, you must meet the minimum English or French requirements, you must be legally allowed to stay in Canada, you must have an intention to live in Ontario, and you must be able to adapt to the life in Canada after immigration.
If you meet these requirements you get an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination, through which you can gain permanent residence in Canada. But because of the ONIP, you will have to continue living in the province of Ontario.
To work as a truck driver in Saskatchewan, you need to gain a Temporary Foreign Worker Program Permit (TWFP). If the employer gives you permanent employment, you can apply for a permanent residence after at least six months of employment.
The eligibility criteria are that the permit must be issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) base on a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LIMA). You need to be in possession of Saskatchewan Class 1A driver’s license and have a permanent job offer in the province.
What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TWFP)?
The job of the truck driver comes under unskilled occupation and so truck drivers aren’t granted particular visas.
The TWFP allows Canadian employers to hire truck drivers from outside Canada to fill temporary jobs and skill shortages when needed.
It is important to note that TWFP allows you only a temporary stay in Canada and so once your period of stay is over you must leave the country. While applying for TWFP, you need to ensure the authorities, of your intention to leave upon expiry.
You should also be able to prove to the authorities that you can support your stay in Canada. Your health and criminal records also play a crucial role in your acceptance into the country.
Under TWFP, the employers have to gain an LMO (Labor Market Opinion) which proves that the company has tried to fill the vacancy with a Canadian employee but has failed to do so and thus a foreign employee is extremely necessary. The employer pays for the LMO and attaches it to the work permit of the employee who gains this permit from CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
Once the employee has the work permit, it is the responsibility of the employer to arrange for the Work Compensation Benefits.
Thus the job of a truck driver has opened the gates of permanent residence in Canada.
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