Are you eligible for an Open Work Permit?

There are certain situations where individuals are eligible for an Open Work Permit. An Open Work Permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, with no restrictions on whether it is part-time or full-time work. As Open Work Permits are not job-specific, you do not need: -an authorization from Employment and Social Development Canada (a Labour Market Impact…

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Changes to the Labour Market Impact Assessment Fees

In order to hire a foreign worker in Canada, most employers require government approval before hiring a foreign worker. Employers may apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). These applications are sent to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and they assess an offer of employment to ensure that the employment…

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Abrupt Changes to the Canadian Experience Class Announced

On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to the Canadian Experience Class. Effective the next day, Citizenship and Immigration Canada imposed an annual cap on the number of applications accepted under the Canadian Experience Class. Between November 9, 2013 and October 31, 2014, the annual cap is set at 12,000 with sub-caps of 200 for…

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