February 12, 2015:
Starting February 21, 2015, employers with international transfers or global assignments to Canada, applying for work permits for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt foreign nationals will be required to submit additional information about their business and the LMIA-exempt applications themselves will also be subject to an additional processing fee of $230.
There is also a new $100 fee for open work permits such as those for spouses of international assignees.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the new requirements and fees two days ago.
Many employers with relocations into Canada use the International Mobility Program – the LMIA exempt work permit program that includes intracompany transferees and permits issued under free trade agreements such as NAFTA.
We want to make it clear that we do not yet know what the employers’ information form will look like or how it might be implemented. CIC is holding a briefing on February 16.
While this is a good reminder that this government continues to focus efforts on compliance and enforcement the most important take-away is that companies with intra-company transfers should be watchful for information after February 16 and realize that they will need to take on new action after that time in order to keep ICT work permit applications fluid and processes may take longer as a result.
All Points commits to updating all with a new relo-lert after the February 16 briefing.
All Points does not represent itself as immigration counsel. We encourage all employers to review the changes thoroughly. This Relo-lert is not intended as an exhaustive consideration of the changes. It is provided for information purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice or counsel. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of their particular situation. All Points has exclusive access to its own Immigration Counsel – Canadian Authorized Representative and can arrange consultation and/or conference calls with those that require more information.