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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

The government of Canada has updated the LMIA exemption categories


The government of Canada updated on May 12, 2022 about the open work permit labour market impact assessment (LMIA) exemption categories issued under the International Mobility Program (IMP).


The new update correctly reflects instructions for individuals applying under the open work permit pilot program for permanent residence in the spouse or common-law partner in Canada Class and occupation-restricted open work permit applicants under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot – Category.


Applications under these categories cannot be submitted at the port of entry. A person with an open work permit can work for any employer for a specified period of time. Those with open restricted permits may have restrictions on where they can work or the type of work they can do.


Open work permits are not restricted in terms of who the employer is, but foreign nationals must adhere to the general conditions related to temporary residence, including paragraph R183(1)(b.2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), which states that foreign nationals cannot work for an ineligible employer.



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