Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that it will be introducing a new electronic system known as the Employer Portal. What the Employer Portal will do is manage the processing of employment offers made by Canadian employers to foreign workers.
The Employer Portal will be available from the 26th of October and it will assist Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers but only on a temporary basis. This can be done through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program
Employers must submit their offers of employment in the Labour Market Impact Assessment – exempt situations directly to the CIC using the new portal. The previous form, IMM 5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment will no longer be accepted.
If an employer has already provided a completed form to a foreign worker the worker must submit a work permit application before the 21st of November 2015. If the foreign worker does not submit his or her Offer of Employment before this date, the employer will have to resubmit the offer using the new portal.
The introduction of the new portal follows other changes that have been made to the processing of the LMIA-exempt work permit applications earlier this year. The Employer Portal can only be used for temporary residence in Canada. This is yet another step in Canada’s aim to move applications for residence, both temporary and permanent, to online systems.