Canada is a no placement fee country. How can this be even possible? Read on to find out.
It may be hard to believe, but Canada is a no placement fee country. Canadian Employers are supposed to pay for all recruitment costs associated to the hiring of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) bound for Canada. Read on to find out more about if Canada is a no placement fee country.
UNDERSTANDING CANADA’S COMPLEX IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
OFWs have been working overseas for decades.
OFWs first started arriving in Canada in the 1950s, when a group of doctors and nurses came from the United States and crossed the border. Fast forward almost seventy years later, today there are more than 800,000 Filipinos all across Canada.
Filipinos came to Canada under many different immigration programs, many of which are now defunct, including the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP).
The government agency responsible for oversight of Canada’s immigration programs is called Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
IRCC sets the rules on who gets to come to Canada, whether you’re a visitor, an international student, an OFW or an immigrant.
Each category has a different set of rules and regulations, which change quite often without advanced notice.
The LCP was unique because it was one of Canada’s few immigration programs that allowed low-skilled OFWs to apply for Permanent Residency, without the need to show Proof of Funds.
The pilot programs that replaced the LCP, while it still allows OFWs to apply for Permanent Residency, now require higher levels of education and work experience. If you would like to bring your qualified family members with you, you will now be required to provide Proof of Funds.
NO PLACEMENT FEE COUNTRY: JOBS FOR CANADA ARE NOT FOR SALE
The one thing that most OFWs have a difficult time understanding is who initiates the entire process of hiring an OFW for a job in Canada.
HINT: It’s not the recruitment agency, neither is it the OFW.
It’s actually the Canadian Employer who starts off the whole process. First, they have to have a need that is recognized by the Government of Canada (under the National Occupation Classification (NOC)).
Then they have to first go and try to find a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident to do the jobs. Which is why you will never find online job hiring Canada no placement fee.
If they can’t find anyone in Canada to do it, then they apply for paperwork, usually in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
If the Canadian Employer is granted a positive LMIA, then they can go ahead and look for an OFW who can do the job.
One of the many conditions Canadian Employers must agree to is that they shoulder the costs associated with the recruitment of the OFW (including airfare to, and in some cases, from Canada).
FOLLOW THE RULES, DON’T USE SHORT CUTS
Hard to believe? It’s true. That’s why the Philippine Government has their own processes in place (such as the Philippine Overseas Labour Office’s Verification of Employment Documents, commonly known as “Red Ribbon”), which serve to hold Canadian Employers responsible for their OFWs.
Why? Because the reason that they can’t find Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents locally is because the jobs are too difficult and not well paying enough.
Now consider this: if you pay a recruitment agency (or a placement agency) a fee, and you are made to pay for your own airfare going to Canada, you are already thousands of dollars out of pocket.
If you are going to work as a vegetable picker, you will need to work many many years just to pay it off. Why? Because low skilled work is paid minimum wage most of the time. Which is why factory worker Canada no placement fee.
When Canadian Employers are looking for OFWs, it has to be job hiring in Canada no placement fee.
Low skilled work such as vegetable pickers and hotel cleaners generally are not allowed to apply for Permanent Residency. After your contract is done, you are supposed to go home.
At the end of the day, OFWs who pay for expenses related to the cost of recruitment are further in debt than before they even left the Philippines.
Don’t do it, jobs for Canada are NOT for sale.
PAY AT YOUR OWN RISK, CANADA IS A NO PLACEMENT FEE COUNTRY
Paying recruitment agencies (or placement agencies), immigration consultants or lawyers does not guarantee that you can go to Canada.
As previously mentioned, Canadian Employers are supposed to pay for their services, not OFWs.
Why? Because there is still the very real chance that you won’t even be given a Work Visa. Recruitment agencies and immigration consultants don’t make that decision: only the Government of Canada gets to decide.
So picture this: if you paid under the table (through wire transfer services such as Western Union) for a job in Canada, and you don’t get to go because IRCC denied your application for whatever reason, it’s very unlikely you’ll get your money back.
Again, please don’t do it. Jobs in Canada are NOT for sale.
When in doubt, contact the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) which has jurisdiction over the province of employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to check if the job offer is legit. POEA maintains a database of licensed recruitment agencies and job offers, POEA jobs no placement fee. The list of jobs would be indicated, POEA Canada no placement fee.
All POEA-licensed recruitment agencies are no placement fee agency for Canada. If they charge you, report them to POEA.
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