December 9, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration
Canada (CIC) is experiencing persistent, on-going system issues
with all online immigration systems including the recently launched
Employer Portal (the Portal). These issues include significant
offline periods and other technical glitches, causing delays for
employers and foreign nationals making work permit applications
through the International Mobility Program (IMP).
The Portal was launched in an effort to improve the work permit
application process, as well as compliance enforcement, for all
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits through
the IMP. This program includes both intra-company transfers and
free trade agreement work permits, such as NAFTA.
Despite ongoing problems with the Portal, use of the new
platform was made mandatory on October 26, 2015, and use of the old
form IMM 5802 was discontinued on November 21, 2015.
Green and Spiegel advises that all clients and applicants in the
LMIA-exempt streams initiate their applications well in advance of
any deadline in order to avoid unforeseen difficulties arising from
these ongoing system issues.
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