IMP job offers in Canada | Work without LMIA
IMP stands for International Mobility Program. The program covers work permits that are exempt from an LMIA. Of course, LMIA is the labour department’s approval letter you could receive for a job offer in Canada. The process of LMIA is costly, time-consuming, and prone to refusals. Therefore, an IMP job offer could save the employer money and time. It also could enhance the success rate. However, how is it possible to get IMP job offers in Canada and work without an LMIA?
- IMP, an alternative to LMIA
- The process of an IMP job offer
- How to receive a work permit
- Let us help!
IMP, an alternative to LMIA
About two-thirds of work permits in Canada are IMP-based. The exemption from an LMIA could be because of any of the following reasons:
- Public policies: The Minister could issue public policies to exempt certain people from an LMIA. Of course, such policies mostly rely on humanitarian issues and the political climate.
- International agreements or arrangements: Canada has signed many Free Trade Agreements (FTA). Some of these agreements are with one country only (e.g., Canada-Chile FTA and Canada-Colombia FTA), and some are group agreements (e.g., CUSMA, CETA, and CUKTCA). Moreover, the Federal Government signs IMP agreements with Canadian provinces from time to time. Regardless, these agreements usually include a labour movement component. Consequently, you could receive an IMP job offer.
- Canadian interests: Some positive economic activities could result in IMP job offers. For example, work permits for entrepreneurs (IMP C11) and intra-company transferees (IMP C12). However, particular work permits under this category are open work permits (e.g., IMP C41 and C42).
- No other means of support: Refugee claimants and people under unenforceable removal orders could benefit from this option.
- Permanent residence applicants in Canada: Protected persons, inland spousal applicants, phase-2 H&C requests, and family members could benefit from this option. However, there is no need for a job offer. IRCC will issue the successful applicants open work permits.
- Vulnerable workers: IRCC initiated this category to protect vulnerable workers and their family members in Canada. However, the work permit is not employer-based.
- Humanitarian reasons: Destitute students and certain TRP holders could receive open work permits under this program.
What is the process of an IMP job offer?
If you qualify for an IMP work permit, the Canadian employer may issue an IMP job offer. The process consists of the following steps:
- The employer signs up for an account on the IRCC Employer Portal.
- The employer logs it to their account.
- They create a job offer on the portal.
- Upon completing the job offer, they pay the $230 compliance fee.
Upon paying the compliance fee, the employer receives an “Offer of employment number.” I call this number the A#. Of course, this naming is because the code begins with the letter A.
You need to receive the compliance fee payment receipt and this A# to submit your work permit application. Of course, you also need to include the A# in the work permit application form (i.e., IMM 1295 or IMM 5710).
Is an IMP job offer enough to secure a work permit?
The simple answer is no. IRCC officers will issue the work permit only if you meet the requirements of section 200 of IRPR. This section focuses on issues such as the validity of the request and the likelihood you won’t remain in Canada without authorization. Moreover, the officer makes sure you are admissible to Canada.
Let us help!
We have extensive experience in work permit applications. However, we are not a recruitment agency, so don’t expect us to find a job offer for you. Nonetheless, we can help employers in pursuing LMIA or IMP job offers. We also assist employees in applying for a work permit. Consequently, please book a consultation session with me to explore your options. Also, if you intend to get an IMP job offer by establishing a business in Canada, please fill out the following form.
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