Canada issued a policy that facilitates the entry of certain graphic designers
The policy facilitates the issuance of employer-specific work permits to eligible foreign graphic designers who are coming to Canada. These graphic designers must work on live-action television or film projects and productions. Of course, this includes activities for all production stages, such as pre-production, production, and post-production.
The new policy came into effect on September 10, 2021; and it will be in effect until March 9, 2022. According to the program delivery update, the policy will help the industry meet immediate staffing needs in support of COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Eligibility: Graphic designers working on live-action television or film in Canada
To be eligible under this public policy, a foreign national must:
- Submit a work permit application under section R200 or R201 after September 10, 2021.
- Intend to work in an occupation that is included in unit group 5241 – Graphic designers and illustrators.
- Attend to perform work for one or more named live-action television or film productions in Canada.
- In addition, applicants must provide a letter from the employer to support the work permit application in (1). Of course, the letter must meet certain parameters such as details of the named live-action television or film productions. It needs to mention that the applicant’s presence and work are essential to television or film productions. Also, it should contain the wage that the foreign national will be paid.
Further, the television or film productions described must satisfy the criteria for a federal, provincial or territorial tax credit for television or film production.
In addition, eligible foreign graphic designers can work for more than one production during the same time period. However, each production they will be working on must be specified in the letter from the employer.
Work Permit for Television and Film Production Workers
Some time ago, the government of Canada decided to ease up the process of work permits for employees of the TV and film production industry. You can read more about this in the following article:
Please be aware that if you are not eligible to apply under this code, you could potentially apply under any of the following options:
- Work Permit for Performing Artists – Reciprocity Code C23
- Work without work permit for performing artists under subsection 186(g) of IRPR
- Code C10 – Work Permit under Significant Benefits to Canada,
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