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How IRCC Verifies the Authenticity of Your Job Offer

How IRCC Verifies the Authenticity of Your Job Offer

Securing a job offer is a critical step in the immigration process for many prospective workers in Canada. However, to protect both the Canadian labor market and the prospective employees, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) undertakes thorough checks to verify the authenticity of job offers. Here’s how IRCC ensures that an offer of employment is genuine.

Verification Process

  1. Employer Compliance Portal:

  • Employers hiring temporary foreign workers must submit a job offer through the IRCC’s Employer Compliance Portal. This submission includes detailed information about the job, such as wages, duties, and conditions of employment.

  1. Review of Employer History:

  • IRCC examines the employer’s history, including past compliance with immigration and employment standards. This review helps identify any previous violations or patterns of non-compliance, which could indicate a risk of fraudulent job offers.

  1. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA):

  • In many cases, an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is required. The LMIA process assesses the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labor market, ensuring that the job offer is legitimate and that no Canadian workers are available to fill the position​.

  1. Site Visits and Inspections:

  • IRCC and ESDC may conduct site visits to the employer’s place of business. These inspections verify that the employer exists, that the business operations are as described, and that the conditions offered to foreign workers are being met.

  1. Employer Documentation:

  • Employers must provide documentation such as business licenses, tax records, and financial statements to substantiate their ability to fulfill the job offer. These documents help verify the legitimacy of the business and the job offer​.

  1. Interviews with Employers and Employees:

  • In some cases, IRCC may conduct interviews with the employer and prospective employee. These interviews can help confirm the details of the job offer and ensure that both parties understand and agree to the terms of employment​ (IRCC)​.

  1. Random Audits and Inspections:

  • To ensure ongoing compliance, IRCC conducts random audits and inspections of employers who have hired foreign workers. These audits help ensure that the conditions of the job offer are being met and that the foreign workers are being treated fairly​.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Employers found to be providing fraudulent job offers or not complying with the terms of employment can face serious consequences, including fines, bans from hiring foreign workers, and legal action. These measures ensure that job offers are genuine and protect the rights of foreign workers in Canada​.

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