IRCC changed some IMP codes for LMIA-exempt work permits

Changes to IMP Codes

Adrik, a licensed immigration practitioner in Canada, is about to submit a work permit application for a client. Luckily his client is exempt from an LMIA. However, Adrik must submit a job offer via the Employer Portal on behalf of the employer. While creating the job offer, Adrik realizes IRCC has changed some IMP codes for LMIA-exempt work permits.

What are IMP codes?

IMP stands for International Mobility Program. This program overarches every LMIA-exempt work permit. Therefore, if someone qualifies under IMP, they do not need to apply for an LMIA.

To clarify the requirements of each LMIA-exempt job offer, IRCC uses a series of codes. These codes consist of a letter followed by two digits. For example, A75 is the IMP code for Bridging Open Work Permits. The following sections list those codes that IRCC changed on December 15, 2022. If you have already received the A number for the job offer, there is no need to update the IMP code. However, you must use the new codes for IMP job offers on or after December 15, 2022.

The new IMP code for public policies under A25.2

Section 25.2 of the Immigration Act allows the Minister to consider certain exemptions under particular circumstances.

25.2 (1) The Minister may, in examining the circumstances concerning a foreign national who is inadmissible or who does not meet the requirements of this Act, grant that person permanent resident status or an exemption from any applicable criteria or obligations of this Act if the foreign national complies with any conditions imposed by the Minister and the Minister is of the opinion that it is justified by public policy considerations.

Source: CanLII

The Minister of Immigration has used this section in the past three years to allow the issuance of work permits for certain groups of applicants. IRCC used IMP code R01 for these policies. However, they kept R01 for inside-Canada applications and now use R02 for outside-Canada applications.

R204: International agreements or arrangements and the new IMP codes

Section 204 of the Regulations covers international agreements. The following IMP codes have changed under this category. Of course, I have only listed the changes.

the old IMP code
TraderCUSMA – T21
Colombia – T21 
Chile – T21
South Korea – T21
Panama – T21 
Peru – T21 
InvestorCUSMA – T22
Colombia – T22 
Chile – T22
South Korea – T22
Panama – T22 
Peru – T22
UK -T46
(in Colombia
Professionals or
Colombia – T23 
Chile – T23
South Korea – T23
Panama – T23 
Peru – T23 
UK -T43
ICT Executive or Senior ManagerCUSMA – T24
Colombia – T24 
Chile – T24 
South Korea – T24
Panama – T24 
Peru – T24 
UK -T44
ICT Management Trainee
(in CETA, Graduate Trainee)
Colombia – T24
South Korea – T24
Panama – T24 
Peru – T24 
CETA – T44
CPTPP – T51 
UK – T44
ICT Specialized knowledgeCUSMA – T24
Colombia – T24
Chile – T24
South Korea – T24
Panama – T24 
Peru – T24 
CETA – T44
UK  – T44
(in the UK for ICT only)
South Korea – T25
UK – T45
Contractual service suppliers
(in South Korea, also
Independent Professional)
UK – T47
South Korea – T23
Engineering Technologists
and Scientific Technologists
UK – T48F67
Source: IRCC

Changed IMP codes for R205: Canadian interests

Section 205 of IRPR goes beyond international agreements. Therefore, you may find opportunities for your clients, regardless of nationality. The following table shows those IMP codes that have changed since December 15, 2022.

Provincial business candidates or Quebec self-employed applicants with a CSQC11C60
Intra-company transferee (ICT) – Executive, Senior or Functional managerC12C62
ICT – Specialized knowledgeC12C63
ICT – employees starting a branch or affiliateC12C61
Start-up business class (SUV) permanent resident visa applicantsA75A77
Certain Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently in QuebecA75A73
Open work permit pilot for permanent residence applicants in the spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) classA74
Residential summer camp counsellors (reciprocal only)C20C24
Coaches and Athletes (reciprocal only)C20C26
Family members of Economic PR applicantsC41C49
Academic Award recipientsC44C52
Source: IRCC

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