Starting February 21, 2015, employers seeking work permits for
foreign nationals through the International Mobility Program will
face new fees and additional compliance requirements. As part of
the work permit application process, employers will be required to
submit additional information about their business and pay an
additional processing fee of $230. The International Mobility
Program includes Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work
permits for intra-company transferees and permits issued pursuant
to free trade agreements.
In addition to these changes, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
has also announced that individuals applying for open work permits
will be required to pay an additional processing fee of $100.
Open work permits mean that an individual may work for any employer
in Canada. These permits are used by foreign nationals in the
International Experience Canada and Post-Graduate Work Permit
programs. International Students as well as spouses and common-law
partners of foreign workers will also be affected.
Details of the new employer requirements for LMIA-exempt work
permits have not yet been released. Green and Spiegel LLP
will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates
as information is made available.
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