November 20, 2015 – Please be advised that as of November 21, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will no longer accept form IMM 5802 (Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment) in support of work permit applications made at a Canadian port-of-entry.
As of October 26, 2015, all employers must use the new CIC Employer Portal platform to make LMIA exempt offers of employment and pay the compliance fee.
Employers who had already made offers using form IMM 5802 prior to October 26, 2015 are advised these employees must enter Canada and apply for their work permit no later than November 21, 2015.
Who is Affected
All foreign nationals who have received an offer of employment for an LMIA-exempt work permit accompanied by an “R” receipt number for the employer compliance fee must apply for their work permit no later than November 21, 2015. This includes foreign nationals entering Canada pursuant to a free trade agreement (e.g. NAFTA) or on an intra-company transfer.
Foreign nationals who have received a receipt for their compliance fee from the CIC Employer Portal with an “A” receipt number are not affected.
If you have any questions about this update, or require assistance making a work permit application, please contact Green and Spiegel.