The Dual Intent program is a pathway to permanent immigration to Canada and allows a foreign worker to apply for a 24-month temporary work permit while having a permanent residency application in process.  The benefit is that while working, the foreign worker can, with the support of their employer, pursue the permanent residency status change.  This program is available for skilled positions such as Chefs, Cooks, Food Service Supervisors, Bar Supervisors and Restaurant Managers.  Successful applicants arrive in Canada with a visa to work for a specific employer.

This program allows BC restaurants to fill job roles which require experienced individuals.  As per the immigration regulations for the Dual Intent Program, all foreign workers must have a culinary diploma or hospitality management education in their field of work and at least 4 to 5 years specific experience in the job role they are applying for in Canada.  In addition, the foreign worker is required to demonstrate English language proficiency by undergoing the IELTS exam.  By working with BCRFA and Brij Rathi on this unique program, we screen all applicants and verify that the foreign worker has all the necessary training, qualifications and experience to perform the work in Canada.

The number of applications you can make through this program is not capped.  You can apply for as many workers as you require.

Investment:  $1800 + Tax per worker includes $1000 Government fee and administration fees.

Processing Times:  Currently it is 4 to 5 months but is subject to changes in government processing times.

Our Commitment:  Our comprehensive recruitment system, rigorous screening process, and full onboarding services are designed to ensure you to get the right person in the right role.

Work Period:  Initial work visa is 24 months.  The total worker’s application for Permanent Residency through the Express Entry Program.

Benefits of hiring under “Dual Intent LMIA” with Express Entry Program for Skilled Jobs:

  • The wage you need to offer the candidates is the median wage in your area.
  • Workers must be guaranteed a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • No need to provide tickets for flights.
  • No need to provide accommodation.

The positions you can hire under this program:

  • Line Cooks
  • First Cooks & Second Cooks
  • Bakers
  • Pastry Cooks
  • Restaurant Supervisors  & Managers
  • Banquet Supervisors & Managers
  • Event Co-ordinators
  • Any other hospitality supervisory roles

The BCRFA program is unique.  Our partner, Brij Rathi Consultancy, will:

  • Explain and provide advice on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that fits your needs;
  • Advertise and recruit;
  • Complete and submit the application form and all required documents;
  • Communicate with ESDC/Service Canada on the employer’s behalf;
  • Represent the employer during the application process.

All our candidates have at least 5 years experience in high volume restaurants or hotels.  This allows you to focus on orientation and training for your specific position and workplace, rather than basic job training.  Brij Rathi and his team are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

To access this program:  Brij Rathi, President & CEO, Brij Rathi Consultancy Ltd. brathi@brijrathi.com, 780-953-9090.

More information:  Ian Tostenson, President & CEO, BC Restaurant and Food Service Association, 604-669-2239