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Getting a job in Toronto!

GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So here's the skinny:

Currently an animation student studying abroad from the states, and I was given the go-ahead to study realism art up here during the summer months, which is a huge blessing.

During this year i've had to trek through a lot of bullshit to get to this point; find a replacement room mate for May 1st by the third week of March (very difficult), take up Krav Maga and physical fitness on top of my 35-hour a week school schedule after two people at different locations tried to stab me between January/early February, drop a couple of necessary classes to train for those activities, then make them up during the summer break, catch up on all of the classwork i've missed since then, etc.

It's been hell to be honest, but now i've finally done it. Assuming nothing drastic happens portfolio review-wise, i'm in the clear. This will have been a colossal achievement for me to pull off, and the last thing I need to get under my belt is a steady job to help build up funds during the summer break for bus passes/food/whatever.

Only problem is that my current school is a private institution, and does not offer the student work visa! To add water to the grease fire, the only way to even apply for a regular work visa is to already have a job up here, and then get the company's permission to apply for one, which can then take up to 6 months to pull through.

I know that there are loads of people up here who grab work without a visa, but there's always the factor of getting my ass deported for five years before I can return, if at all. That's kind of a big risk to be honest, but I could really use that extra money, both for my family and myself.

What's the best way to approach this situation, and/or where are some good places I can apply to who don't really care about all the visa paperwork, if at all? I'll be doing most of this myself, but it'd be nice to get options/advice to work with.

TL : DR - Trying to get a job with no work visa. Suggestions?

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  • saggiosaggio Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Solution #1: Get citizenship.
    Solution #2: Go back to your country for the interim, work, save up, and return in a way that makes #1 possible.

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  • UrQuanLord88UrQuanLord88 Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Unfortunately, I can only copy and paste from government websites but I am inclined to help because I am/was trying to do the exact opposite (Canadian looking for jobs in the States), which is less forgiving as far as I'm concerned.

    From what I can tell after reading , it depends on your future job and whether you can acquire a temporary residency visa. But
    If you are a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, Greenland or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, you do not need a passport or a temporary resident visa to enter Canada. You must, however, provide proof of citizenship or permanent residence, such as a national identity card or an alien registration card.

    Also be reminded that under NAFTA agreements, it should be easier for you to apply for a work visa if your profession falls within the list.

    Also, some jobs don't even require work permits

    Also, rules apply differently if you want to work in Quebec.

    Basically, in my limited experience, just read the government website and talk to them if you have questions about immigration because they will be the ones who will know more than you or your future employers UNLESS your employers do this kind of thing all the time.

    In general, its better if you read up on this than rely on your employers. Talk to someone in the Canadian Embassy. AFAIK, Canada invites skilled workers with open arms and you should have little to no problems getting the correct documents to work here.

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