Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced new compliance
fees applicable to the hiring of all foreign nationals exempt from
the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process under the
International Mobility Program. The fees are to be paid in addition
to the work permit application processing fee (currently $155).
These fees will be in effect as of February 21, 2015.
$230 Employer Fee for an Employer-Specific Work Permit
Employers hiring foreign nationals who are LMIA-exempt, such as
intra-company transferees and professionals under free trade
agreements such as NAFTA, must complete and submit an Offer of
Employment form, provide information about their business or
organization and submit a compliance fee of $230 to Citizenship and
Immigration Canada. The fee must be paid by the employer online in
advance of requesting the work permit. Foreign nationals seeking
entry under the International Mobility Program 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 new fee will be used to offset the cost of employer
compliance activities, such as through inspections to monitor
employer compliance with the program. Inspections could lead to
penalties being levied against non-compliant employers, as well as
bans from hiring foreign nationals and even criminal prosecution
when warranted. The adoption of this system will mean that all
employers, whether they are hiring LMIA-exempt foreign nationals or
temporary foreign workers through the LMIA process, will face the
same level of scrutiny in their hiring and treatment of foreign
An employer hiring a foreign national holding an open work
permit is not required to submit the fee, as the holder of an open
work permit may work for any employer in Canada.
$100 Applicant Fee for an Open Work Permit
All open work permit applicants must pay a $100 fee to
Citizenship and Immigration Canada at the same time as the work
permit processing fee. The new fee will be used to offset the cost
of new initiatives to improve data collection on the role open work
permit holders have in the Canadian labour market, as well as to
promote Canadian permanent residence to holders of open work
permits. Foreign nationals affected include those under the
following streams: the working holiday portion of International
Experience Canada, the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program,
spouse/common-law partners of highly-skilled foreign workers and
international students, and foreign nationals who are in Canada
waiting for the finalization of their applications for permanent
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