On June 20, 2014, Ministers Jason Kenney and Chris Alexander
held a press conference to introduce the International Mobility
Program (IMP). The IMP includes all streams of work permit
applications that are exempt from the requirement to obtain a
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) because they are deemed to
provide a competitive advantage to Canada or reciprocal benefits to
Canadians. These work permit streams previously fell under
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Here is what
every Canadian employer needs to know about the new IMP:
Employers hiring through the IMP will now have to submit the
job offer and other relevant information to Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC) before the temporary foreign worker (TFW)
may apply for a work permit. The mechanism for this has yet
to be announced.
A compliance system mirroring that which is in place under the
TFWP will be introduced, along with stiff penalties for employers
who are found to be in violation of the rules.
A $230 compliance fee will be introduced to cover the costs
associated with the compliance system, payable by employers in
cases of work permits that are employer specific and
A $100 privilege fee will be charged to TFWs applying for
non-employer specific work permits (also known as open work
permits), payable at the same time as the $155 work permit
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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