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A quick question: If I get a job offer in the mean time to do contract work in Canada, I should get a Work Permit.  Am I correct in assuming that a Work Permit will not in some way disqualify or otherwise harm my chances of attaining Permanent Residence?

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Lizelle

Nope, a work permit does not harm in any way.  In fact, a work permit gives you more points on your EE profile.

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EtienneL
13 hours ago, Lizelle said:

Nope, a work permit does not harm in any way.  In fact, a work permit gives you more points on your EE profile.

Thanks Lizelle, that's good news.  Can one update your EE application should one manage to get a work permit after applying for PR?  Or is it better to rather apply for a work permit first, wait to get that, and then do the PR application through EE?

I'm considering the option of travelling to Canada and meeting prospective employers and possibly offering to do work for them on a contract basis (software development lends itself really well to this - even remote contract work done here from South-Africa).  I have made a few contacts through my uncle and another company in Canada and want to offer those companies my services, even if it's for a small project at low rates in order for them to gauge my skill.

I see one can get a Visa for business travel if you are not entering the labour market, but rather travelling to build business connections and to broker deals with businesses in Canda.  I'm worried that should I get a contract that I may need to travel to Canada and work with the client for short periods of time (a week or two at a time), before coming back to South-Africa to complete the bulk of the work.  I'm not sure how much time one can spend in Canda to "kick off" a project before it's seen as entering the labour market which will make a business travel Visa not enough.

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Lizelle

I'm not sure I can give you good info on this.

A normal work permit can take many months to get.  I am not sure how a short term contract would work.

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