Citizenship and Immigration Canada is ending the simplified process for select Information Technology (IT) specialists seeking to work on a temporary basis in British Columbia and Quebec. Effective January 1, 2012 in B.C. and February 24, 2012 in Quebec, all work permit applications which previously qualified for the simplified process will require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). Under transitional provisions in Quebec alone, applications will continue to qualify for the simplified process if they are received by March 24, 2012 and are accompanied by a “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec” (CAQ).
Under the simplified process, employers seeking to hire temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in the following seven different IT occupations were exempted from obtaining a LMO before they could hire:
- Senior animation effects editors
- Embedded systems software designers
- MIS software designers
- Multimedia software developers
- Software developers – services
- Software products developers
- Telecommunications software designers
The simplified process ended in B.C. as of January 1, 2012. In Quebec, the process ended as of February 24, 2012 subject to a transitional period: applications received by March 24, 2012 will continue to be processed under the simplified process as long as they are accompanied by a CAQ dated February 23, 2012 or earlier, stating that there are no Canadian workers available to fill the position offered to the foreign worker.
For further information on the simplified process for IT workers, or for assistance generally with the requirements and procedures in applying for LMOs and TFW Work Permits in Canada, please contact the immigration law specialists at Green and Spiegel LLP.