November 5, 2015 – the recently launched Citizenship and
Immigration Canada Employer Portal (the Portal) continues to be
plagued by problems. The Portal, launched on October 26, 2015, was
meant to streamline both payment of the compliance fee and other
information required for the LMIA-exempt work permit approval
process. Employers are experiencing technical glitches that have
prevented some from registering for the Portal in order to issue
job offers through the International Mobility Program and pay the
required compliance fee. Green and Spiegel has been advised that
Canadian Border Security Agency officers at some ports-of-entry are
also experiencing difficulties in accessing the portal, preventing
them from accessing the information necessary to issue certain
Labour Market Impact Assessment exempt work permits. The
International Mobility Program includes intra-company transfers, as
well as NAFTA and other free trade agreement work permits.
Foreign nationals applying for LMIA-exempt work permits at
Canadian ports-of-entry are advised that they may experience delays
Green and Spiegel will continue to track implementation of the
Portal and provide updates as warranted. If you require information
on applying for an LMIA-exempt work permit, or require assistance,
contact Green and Spiegel.
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