International Mobility Program
International Mobility Program: At a Glance
Purpose: The IMP facilitates Canadian employers to employ foreign workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Eligibility Criteria: Jobs must offer economic, cultural, or competitive advantages to Canada or provide reciprocal benefits to Canadians.
- Workers under trade agreements like CUSMA and CETA.
- Open work permit holders.
- Intra-company transferees.
Employer Compliance Fee: Typically $230. Exceptions apply for open work permit holders and certain job categories.
Application Process: Employers post job offers via the IRCC’s Employer Portal. This offer’s details are crucial as they may undergo audits.
Work Permit Application: Upon job offer submission, employers receive an offer of employment number, crucial for the foreign worker’s work permit application.
Administration: Managed mainly by the IRCC, with the CBSA and ESDC also playing roles.
Contrast with TFWP: The IMP is distinct from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The latter is mostly handled by ESDC with support from IRCC and CBSA.
Post Graduation Work Permit: International graduates from recognized Canadian institutions can work up to three years in Canada, sans LMIA requirements.
In essence, the IMP simplifies the process for Canadian employers to hire foreign talent, ensuring mutual benefits for both Canada and the worker’s origin country.
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