As per 2016 Program Delivery Updates published on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website under Temporary Residents, here are its updates:
- Effective February 17, 2016, these are occupations or positions exempted from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
- Foreign nationals in the television (TV) and film industry whose position is essential to a TV or film production may be eligible for an exemption from the LMIA. This exemption applies to TV and film production in Canada, regardless of whether the production is foreign or Canadian and whether it is filmed entirely or in part in Canada.
- Key creative personnel and talent associated with Canadian, non-profit performing arts companies and organizations in the orchestral music, opera, and live theatre and dance disciplines may be eligible for an exemption from LMIA.
- Foreign nationals who are employed as film producers, essential personnel for commercial (i.e., advertising) shoots, and film and recording studio users may be considered under the business visitor category.
Click here for the Introduction of new categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt work permits under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
- Study Permit
- Effective January 07, 2016, the directions on how to finalize a study permit application in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) not associated to a designated learning institution (DLI) have been updated. Study permit applications like renewals, received (online) or postmarked (paper) on or after June 1, 2014, must include a letter of acceptance issued by a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
Click DLI for Designated Learning Institution to see the updated instructions.
- Effective February 05, 2016, Graduates can now submit their postgraduate work permit application online if their country of residence is not Canada.
Click here for the updated instructions on Post-Graduate Work Permit Program.
- Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) – as of February 11, 2016
Those who apply for bridging open work permit (BOWP) are now subject to completeness check under Express Entry performed at the Centralized Intake Office. BOWP applications received before the completeness checks have been performed will be held until they are ready to be processed. The BOWP will be refused if an e-APR is found to be incomplete.
The process for issuing BOWPs to applicants who have applied for permanent residence outside of Express Entry (i.e., under the caring for children class, the caring for people with high medical needs class or the provincial nominee class) has not changed.
Click here for the BOWP updated instructions.
Click Express Entry Completeness Check for details.