On February 21, 2015, new immigration regulatory changes and
fees will come into effect. These will apply to employers of
foreign workers who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact
Assessment (LMIA) process as well as to foreign nationals applying
for open work permits (including accompanying spouses,
International Experience Canada applicants and others).
The changes will require employers to provide additional
information about both their organization and the job offers that
they have extended or plan to extend to foreign workers. This will
include the employer's name, address, contact information and
business number, as well as other information in support of the job
offer and the LMIA exemption.
In addition, employers will have to pay an online fee of $230
(applicable to both new applications and renewals) directly to
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This fee must be paid
before the foreign national can apply for an employer-specific work
permit. The fees collected will offset the cost of a new inspection
and compliance regime that CIC has introduced under CIC's new
International Mobility Program.
Employment offers issued under the following LMIA-exempt
categories (among others) will be subject to the changes:
NAFTA and other applicable free trade agreements;
significant economic and other benefits to Canada; and
academic research and related positions.
Open Work Permits
A new fee of $100 will be required for both new and renewal open
work permit applications. This fee will apply to (among others)
applications submitted under the International Experience Canada
program, in favour of spouses of skilled workers and for students
seeking a postgraduate work permit.
CIC will refund any of these new fees if the application for
which they are submitted is subsequently refused or if the employer
withdraws a job offer before the work permit is issued.
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.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
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.
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