Canada – Introduction of Employer Portal for Work Permit Applications Submitted Under Canada’s International Mobility Program

What has changed

Effective October 26, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be introducing a new online Employer Portal for employers who will be supporting Work Permit applications for individuals under the International Mobility Program. The Employer Portal will replace the current form, IMM 5802 – Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which must be submitted by all employers applying under LMIA-exempt categories such as intra-company transfers, NAFTA and other free-trade agreements, reciprocal employment agreements, significant benefit, and other categories.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All employers submitting applications for Work Permits in Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt categories such as intra-company transfers, and NAFTA and free trade agreements.

The Employer Portal will be introduced and replace the IMM 5802 on October 26, 2015.  These changes are in furtherance of regulatory measures introduced in February 2015 to assist Citizenship and Immigration Canada with gathering data which may be referenced for audit purposes to verify compliance with the criteria and requirements of Canada’s International Mobility Program.

Employees and assignees who have already been provided with an IMM 5802 to submit with a Work Permit application must submit their applications prior to November 21, 2015. The current IMM 5802 Form will not be accepted with Work Permit applications on and after November 21, 2015. Employers of all applicants submitting Work Permit applications on or after this date must submit information using the Employer Portal.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Managers and Mobility Teams should ensure that any employees or assignees who have received an IMM 5802 and are unable to make a Work Permit application prior to November 21, 2015, contact Emigra as soon as possible after October 26, 2015 to ensure that all required information is submitted through the Employer Portal prior to the date of travel and/or application.
  • Further information on the Employer Portal can be provided by Emigra as soon as it becomes available on the CIC website
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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