The international aviation business is primed to come back to life, with vaccination campaigns heating up and pent-up travellers looking for a way out.
In May 2021, for example, the stock of Air Canada increased by 10.5 percent. Meanwhile, the corporation said in early June that it was reactivating more than 2,600 employees that it had to cut due to the pandemic’s beginning.
Delta Airlines, based in Atlanta, has indicated its intention to hire over 1,000 pilots by next summer. In addition, as of June 22, LinkedIn listed 25,000 job opportunities for flight attendants in the United States alone.
Canada is a key hub for international air travel. According to a 2019 report, Pearson Airport in Toronto had the most international destinations (163) of any airport in North America, beating the second-place holder, JFK Airport in New York, by more than 30. More than 50,000,000 passengers went through Pearson that year. Approximately half of that amount arrived in Canada’s second busiest airport, Vancouver’s, that year.
If you want to start (or restart) a job in the international aviation business, you should be aware of the issues that could affect your entry into the country.
Criminal inadmissibility is the most common roadblock for non-Canadian nationals seeking to work as aircraft crew members. You may be ineligible to enter Canada if you have a criminal record.
Airlines are hesitant to consider hiring someone who have been convicted of felonies. As a result, the most common criminal inadmissibility issue for airline employees occurs when they are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). In the United States, first-time DUI and related offences are generally regarded less serious crimes, or misdemeanours. A single DUI conviction, on the other hand, can result in a person’s inadmissibility to Canada.
Inadmissibility to Canada can jeopardise one’s ability to work for a major airline. This status can make it difficult for someone to qualify for a job with an airline, or it can make it difficult for them to keep their current position.
Understandably, airlines want assurance that their personnel will be able to travel wherever they are dispatched. It is inconvenient for both the employee and the company to learn that a crew member is unable to enter Canada, especially after they have already arrived.
Fortunately, there are a variety of options for dealing with criminal inadmissibility. Criminal rehabilitation is the most common option for airline employees. This is the process by which Canada recognises that a person who was previously inadmissible to Canada is no longer inadmissible. Individual rehabilitation entails a person establishing that they are not a threat to Canada by submitting an application to a Canadian consulate.
Eligibility will be determined by each person’s unique circumstances, including the crime(s) committed, the sentence imposed, and the length of time since the offender completed their sentence.
The main benefit of gaining criminal rehabilitation is that it never expires – as long as you follow the law, of course. There’s no need to reapply every time, and a Canadian border officer or airline boss should accept legitimate rehabilitation as confirmation of your eligibility to enter Canada.
The Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) allows a person to enter Canada for a limited period of time, usually no more than three years. It can be applied for in advance through a consulate or at a port of entry (POE).
However, the latter path is discouraged. A consular application permits specialised employees to carefully analyse a person’s application and allows the applicant to acquire their TRP – or at the very least learn out whether they will get one – ahead of time.
A TRP may be good for a single day’s visit to Canada, or it may be valid for many visits over the validity period. If a person can show a consistent need to enter Canada over time – for example, for job – they will be more likely to acquire a longer/broader TRP.
Even before a person has been convicted of a crime, legal advice might be beneficial to existing or prospective airline employees. For example, you may have been charged with a crime in another country but are currently awaiting the outcome of your case.
A Canadian immigration lawyer can explain the impact of various judgments and penalties on your eligibility to enter the country, including if rehabilitation is required or achievable.
Airline recruiting is done on a case-by-case basis. Having proof that you are eligible to work in Canada does not guarantee that you will be hired by an airline. However, being able to demonstrate your admissibility to Canada can be incredibly useful, as someone who cannot demonstrate this status is unlikely to be selected for an airline position that requires foreign travel.