Let’s dive into the details:
What is Tech Talent Strategy?
Freedom to Work: You can perform your job remotely for a foreign employer while residing in Canada.
In the upcoming months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to work closely with both public and private entities to assess the feasibility of implementing new policies aimed at attracting digital nomads.
If they receive a job offer, they have the option to apply for a temporary work permit or even Canadian permanent residence, enabling them to contribute their skills to a Canadian employer
Who Can Apply:
To embark on your Canadian remote work adventure, understand the application process based on your visa status:
Non-Visa Exempt Countries:
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV): Digital nomads from non-visa-exempt countries must apply for a TRV.
- Gather essential documents, including proof of financial stability and a compelling case highlighting that your remote work won’t hinder Canadian job opportunities.
- Clearly demonstrate that your work activities do not directly compete with Canadian citizens or residents.
Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA): If you’re from a visa-exempt country, an ETA is your gateway to Canada.
Specify your intention to work remotely for your employer during your stay.
To apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), you’ll need to complete the necessary forms.
- Detailed Documentation: Prepare a comprehensive application package, ensuring all necessary documents are included.
- Clarity is Key: Clearly outline your remote work setup, emphasizing how it does not take away opportunities from Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Financial Stability: Demonstrate your financial stability to assure the authorities of your ability to sustain yourself during your stay.
Exploring Job Opportunities As a Digital Nomad:
- Canadian Job Offers: If you receive a job offer from a Canadian employer, you can transition to a temporary work permit or even consider Canadian permanent residence.
- Networking and Exploration: Use your time in Canada to network with local professionals and explore potential career paths.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Approval:
The CBSA plays a crucial role in determining the duration of your stay and granting entry. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will make a decision when you arrive at the Canadian border entry point:
- Entry Approval: Upon arrival, CBSA officers assess your case and decide the length of your stay based on the nature of your work and travel plans.
- No Work Permit Needed: Once approved, you can work remotely in Canada without the need for an additional Canadian work permit.