Now easier for foreign artists to get Canadian work permits
Certain non-Canadian workers in the television (TV) and film industries, as well as those working in dance and theatre, may soon find it easier to get Canadian work permits (temporary). The government of Canada announced on February 3, 2016 that certain positions in these industries will be added to the list of positions for which foreign nationals may obtain Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt work permits, or temporary Canadian work permits.
In most cases, a Canadian employer wishing to hire a foreign worker must show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to do the job. This process and approval comes in the form of a LMIA, formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). However, in instances where the hiring of a foreign worker is deemed to create and maintain significant economic benefits and opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents, exceptions may be made.
As of February 17, 2016, foreign nationals in the TV and film industry whose position or occupation is essential to a TV or film production may be eligible for an exemption from the LMIA requirement for a Canadian work permit.
The employer must submit an Offer of Employment through the Employer Portal before a work permit application is made. The Employer Portal is an online government system that facilitates applications made by Canadian employers to hire LMIA-exempt foreign workers. Canadian officers reviewing the job offer are likely to request several types of supporting documents (if not already provided by the applicant) in support of work permit applications, and you can learn more about which types of documents you have to provide by taking a look at the Canada Immigration website at the link provided below:
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