The International Mobility Program (IMP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers without an LMIA if the position serves Canada’s cultural and economic interests. This makes for faster processing and a much simpler application process than that of the Temporary Foriegn Worker Program, which requires an LMIA and is labour market dependent.
Open Work Permits
As mentioned previously, work programs under the IMP do not require an LMIA. Applicants only require an open work permit which allows you to work for any employer in Canada. Below are some of the programs that fall under the International Mobility Program:
As with the Temporary Foreign Work Permit Program, the process starts with your Canadian employer.
Step 1: Job Offer
Your prospective employer will need to submit an official job offer in Canada via the Employer Portal.
Employers will need to meet the following requirements to hire foreign workers through the International Mobility Program:
- Prove that the job or worker meets the requirements for LMIA-exemption;
- Pay the compliance fee of $230; and
- Submit an official job offer via the IMP Employer Portal (if required).
If you already have an open work permit, your employer won’t have to submit a job offer nor pay the compliance fee, making the application both easier and quicker to process.
Step 2: Apply for Work Permit
Once this has been done, you will be able to apply for your temporary foreign work permit. You will need your offer of employer number to complete your application. If eligible to work in Canada, your application will be approved and you will receive:
- A letter of introduction and a work permit from a Canada border services officer; or
- A new work permit (if you live in Canada or apply when you enter Canada).
Important to Note
Remember, a work permit will not grant you access to enter Canada. You will need and be issued with a Visitor’s Visa (Travel Visa) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTa) if you will be arriving from another country.
You may also need to submit a medical certificate to show that you are in good health.
Step 3: Prepare for Your New Job in Canada
Once you have your work permit and travel visa you can get ready to start anew in Canada.
How Do I Know if The TFWP or IMP is Right For Me?
Both the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Programs are very similar in that they will allow you to work in Canada for a set period of time however there are many differences.
Below is a comparison of the main differences between the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program: