October 26th - Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
introduced a new electronic application system for employer
specific work permit applications under a Labour Market Impact
Assessment (LMIA) exemption, including NAFTA and International
This new electronic system further compliments and clarifies
previous changes brought into effect in February 2015. The previous
changes required an employer hiring a foreign worker who qualified
for an LMIA exemption, to initiate the work permit process by first
submitting, via email a completed application form IMM5802
"Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)" together with the
employer compliance fee of $230CAD (where applicable).
From February 2015, these mandatory steps would be followed
before a foreign national could apply for a LMIA-exempt work permit
at a visa office or if applicable, at a port of entry into
Under the newly introduced system, CIC no longer requires the
email submission of the IMM 5802 Offer of Employment form. Instead,
employers will submit their applications directly through an online
Employer Portal. The Employer Portal is accessed with either a
GCKey or the Sign-In Partner (SecureKey Concierge) service which
all employers hiring under an LMIA exemption, must register. The
employer portal application must be submitted prior to submitting
the work permit application. Once submitted, an offer of employment
(Labour Market Impact Assessment [LMIA]-exempt) ID number will be
assigned to the employer on behalf of the foreign worker. The
foreign national ID number will be included with the work permit
application to enable assessment.
Interested employers: Kindly contact us
here to receive further information. Interested candidates: Find out whether you
qualify to Canada by completing our
free on-line evaluation. We will provide you with our
evaluation within 1-2 business days.
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Attorney Colin Singer and needs no disclaimer.
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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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