Starting February 21, 2015, new obligations will be imposed on
Canadian employers hiring foreign nationals who are exempt from the
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.
Exemptions from the LMIA process include intra-company
transferees and professionals under free trade agreements such as
NAFTA. Under the new procedure an employer will be required to
submit information about its business, complete an offer of
employment form as yet unreleased and pay a $230 "employer
compliance fee" online to Citizenship and Immigration Canada
before the work permit application is filed.
As of that date, foreign nationals will not be able to get an
employer-specific work permit if their employer has not submitted
the required forms and paid the fee. The compliance fee is in
addition to the current work permit processing fee of $155.
The employer compliance fee does not apply to employers hiring
foreign nationals who have open work permits; however, also
starting February 21, 2015, a $100 fee will be collected from open
work permit applicants. This fee will be paid at the same time as
the work permit processing fee and can be paid online.
We anticipate that the government will release additional
information regarding the new procedure shortly. We will issue a
follow-up alert as soon as more information is available.
The foregoing provides only an overview and does not
constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any
decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal
advice should be obtained.
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.
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