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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
(01-27-2013 06:32 AM)scotian Wrote:  Pros80, you wrote me a PM but you're not able to receive PMs, so I just copied your question and my reply here on the thread instead. There was another guy who PM'd me but I emptied my inbox so lost the message which is why I haven't gotten back to you so if you want, send me another PM.

I've enjoyed reading your insight about the Oil Sands. I'm an American who plans on getting a place in Edmonton in March and then going to the Sand to try and get a job.

Do you recommend staying in Edmonton and then going to Fort Mac and pounding the pavement to see what jobs I can get?

Since I'm American there are some NAFTA agreements that can allow someone to get a temp work permit. Have you seen other Americans show up and just look for work?

I would prefer Fort Mac to heading to North Dakota. Let me know if you have any tips. Thanks for the info.



Hey man your biggest hurdle will be paperwork and visas, any American that I've met was brought into Canada on a special work permit already arranged by a company, never met one who just showed up to work. All of those had a special skill, trade or education work experience such as engineer or technician before they came up.

I would suggest living in Edmonton if you want to do fly in/out work but Fort Mac is better if you want to be "home" every night.

Good luck

Nice, Thnx. Here is some info for any Americans wanting to go there in 2013. There are some updates on the immigration website.

If you are an American or Mexican you can get a temporary work permit in Canada for 12 months at a time if:

-You are hired in one of 63 Nafta Professions on the list. These include Engineers,IT,Science,Teaching,Healthcare.

-You have a Job offer from a company.


With the job offer you can go to the Canadian border post and get a temporary work permit on the spot. No additional paper work or waiting.

The catch with all this is you need the job offer. To get a job offer is where I'm thinking you need to be there to try and get interviews. Unless you get hired over the phone from the USA.
01-27-2013 08:55 AM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - pros80 - 01-27-2013 08:55 AM
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