February 13, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(CIC) has provided further information about changes to the fee and
application requirements for the International Mobility Program.
Starting February 21, 2015, employers seeking work permits for
foreign nationals will be required to submit information about
their business, offer of employment and pay an additional
processing fee of $230. This fee and employment information must be
submitted by the employer before a foreign national can make an
application for a work permit.
Who is affected?
All Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Exempt work permit
applications are affected. This includes Intra-Company Transferees
as well as work permit applications made pursuant to a Free Trade
Agreement (e.g., NAFTA).
What information is required?
The required employment information will be provided through a
form, which will be available on the CIC website starting from
February 18, 2015. The relevant information will include:
Name, address, contact information
$230 fee payment receipt number
Information supporting use of LMIA-exemption
Offer of employment using the form made available by CIC
Following electronic submission, a copy of the form must be
provided to the foreign national for inclusion with the work permit
CIC will automatically reimburse the $230 fee if the foreign
national's application for a work permit is subsequently
refused. If the employer withdraws the offer of employment before a
work permit is issued the employer must notify CIC in writing to
CIC also confirmed that starting July 2015 employers will be
able to access an Employer Portal in order to submit this
information and remit the required fee.
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