Clergy work permit

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mars10

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Clergy work permit
« on: February 26, 2016, 10:08:58 PM »
Hi Folks,
Need a little bit of urgent guidance here. I am here in Canada on a visitor visa and i have an employment offer from the Church to work as clergy/ youth worker. I have 3 months remaining on my visitor status and I have a multiple entry canada visa till 2021. Can i apply for a work permit under R205(d) with the LMIA exception and send the application to Vegreville? or can I just go to the border and do a flagpole and seek the permit at the border? I am from non Visa exempt country as stated above but have multiple entry visa and I dont need a medical examination, as I was living in the US for the past 4 years and traveled to India for only 2 months end of last year. So would flagpole be an option?
in short what would be best option to get a work permit under clergy LMIA exempt category and where should I send the application?
Thanks:)

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Riley Haas

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Re: Clergy work permit
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 09:48:37 AM »
I would think that, because you have that multiple entry visa, you are okay to flagpole. But I personally have not looked into a situation like this before, so I'm not sure I can answer authoritatively. Have you tried calling CIC?

And I think you'd have to flagpole anyway...I mean, when you receive the work permit you'd have to "land" anyway. So this may be the easier route.

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Re: Clergy work permit
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 11:10:45 AM »
Hi again,
I spoke to one of our consultants and he wouldn't recommend flagpoling without the permit. Apply for it from within Canada directly through CIC (aka IRCC). Sorry for the confusion.

Riley

 

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