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.
February 8, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 4th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 54th overall, inviting 3664 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 447, continuing a steady decline from previous draws.
January 25, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 3rd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 53rd overall, inviting 3508 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 453, a continuing trend of decline from previous draws.
Settlement funds required for new immigrants coming to Canada under two federal programs have increased for 2017. As a result of the increases, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has urged those affected candidates in the Express Entry Pool to update their profiles.
The Federal government plans to enact regulatory changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Full details will be announced when the federal government delivers its budget, expected in late February or early March.
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