Canada immigration eases conditions for Haitians to work in Canada
Canada, 20th January: Canada immigration department has eased conditions for enabling Haitians staying in Canada to work here.
While announcing the new move, the Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney said that Haitians will now be able to make applications for temporary Canada work permits quite easily.
This has been done keeping in view the safety and health conditions in Haiti to help Haitians to get jobs for a short period and support themselves in Canada, the minister briefed.
As a general rule of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations in Canada, those seeking Canada work permits must get an LMO (Labor Market Opinion) from the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in order to show that they will not affect the Canada labor market in any way.
However, for Haitians in Canada, the CIC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) has removed this condition to help them get jobs in Canada.
In addition, Haitians seeking to get extension of their Canada work permits will be provided IFHP (Interim Federal Health Program) coverage.
All these special conditions are being extended by Canada immigration to help Haitian nationals affected by the earthquakes hitting the nation in 2010.
The changes will come into effect immediately and will be applicable till 1st September 2011.
All Haitian nationals who had been in Canada before 13th January 2011 and are making applications for a Canada work permit or seeking extension of their Canada work permits.
And the compulsory condition of getting an LMO will apply for Haitians who had come to Canada after 13th January 2011.
All eligible Haitian nationals must apply for a Canada work permit until 1st September 2011 in order to get benefit of the new eased conditions.
Canada work permits are needed for getting temporary jobs in Canada and are valid for a period of one year.
Last week, Canada government had increased the processing of Canada visa applications for Haitians following wide criticism over less visas being issued to Haitian nationals affected by earthquake in the month of January last year.
The government of Canada had gone up its annual limits of Canada visas in the year 2010 for Haitians.