Foreign worker sent home after using old work permit

Worker’s failure to demonstrate intention to return home results in exclusion order
By Sergio Karas
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/09/2015

Foreign workers who want to come to Canada to fill a need in the labour market must have a work permit relating to the specific jobs in which they intend to work. Work permits apply to specific jobs, so it doesn’t mean a foreign worker who’s been accepted can simply move to other work if things don’t work out. In particular, a foreign worker who leaves employment in Canada and goes back to his home country can’t return to Canada expecting to work in a different job on the same work permit, even if it’s still valid. In such circumstances, there may be a question of whether the foreign worker intends to return home once the work permit expires — especially if the worker makes comments raising such suspicions.