In a recent alert, we advised readers of new fees and
obligations beginning February 21, 2015 that will affect work
permit applications of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
exempt foreign workers under the International Mobility Program.
LMIA exemptions include intra-company transferees and professionals
under free trade agreements.
The government has now announced additional details.
In addition to paying the new $230 employer compliance fee, the
employer must submit an Offer of Employment directly to Citizenship
and Immigration Canada electronically using the prescribed IMM 5802
form (as yet unreleased).
The offer of employment and the employer compliance fee
requirements must be met before a foreign worker can submit his or
her LMIA-exempt work permit application. An employer must therefore
provide the foreign worker with a copy of the fully completed IMM
5802 form, including the employer compliance fee receipt number,
for inclusion in the work permit application. If these requirements
are not met, the foreign worker's application will be
The new Regulations empower immigration officers who have
concerns about the employer or the genuineness of the offer of
employment to request further information directly from the
employer (without having to use the foreign national applicant as a
conduit for that request) as per the contact information on the IMM
We anticipate that the government will release the IMM 5802 form
and additional information regarding the new procedure shortly. We
will issue a follow-up alert as soon as more information is
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.
January 11, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 2nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 52nd overall, inviting 3334 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 459, a further decline from previous draws.
January 4, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 1st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 51st overall, inviting 2902 candidates for permanent residence, a record number. The lowest CRS score was 468, a further decline from previous draws.
From foreign travellers to dual citizens and even Canada's own border agents: It seems everyone could do with clear guidance on exactly who requires an electronic travel authorization (eTA). The holiday period saw frequent cases of people not being able to travel because they sought admission without an eTA.
A new sponsorship form for those wishing to bring parents and grandparents to Canada is now available. Canadian citizens and permanent residents have until February 2, 2017 to submit an online, short form application after which 10,000 candidates will be drawn at random and invited to complete a full application.
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