We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications.
Make sure you meet the federal requirements to hire foreign workers.
You'll need to tell us:
You'll also be asked:
If you have a WorkSafeBC registration number, include it on the form and upload a clearance letter.
The B.C. government keeps a public registry of employers that are registered to hire foreign workers. The registry lists each employer's name, the date they were registered as an employer and when their registration expires.
If you are renewing your registration, you will need to apply through this same process.
You need to register if you intend to hire a temporary worker through most federal foreign worker programs:
You do not need to register if you're an excluded employer or you
If you're unsure, contact the Compliance and TFW Team.
Employers in B.C. need a certificate of registration before they can hire temporary foreign workers.
After you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with your application details. You may be contacted as part of the application review process.
Based on the review process, an application can be refused if an applicant:
If an application is refused, you can submit a request for reconsideration.
After you receive a certificate of registration, you can get an LMIA from the federal government.
Employers of foreign workers in B.C. need to:
Employers must have a written contract with each temporary foreign worker. If a recruiter was used to hire the worker, keep a copy of the recruiter's contract as well.
Records must be kept in B.C. for at least four years. They must be made available for inspection upon request.
Employers must keep all records related to recruiting and hiring temporary foreign workers:
Your certificate of registration may be issued for up to three years. The Director of Employment Standards has discretion over the period of time a certificate of registration remains valid.
You will need to apply through this same process to renew your certificate before it expires. If you hire additional temporary foreign workers after your certificate expires, we may not renew your certificate. It's against the law to hire a foreign worker with an expired certificate of registration.
Ask a question or get confidential support about temporary foreign workers in B.C.
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