New regulatory amendments facilitate work permit applications

A review of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act regulations
By Sergio R. Karas
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/06/2004

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has published a series of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act regulations, initially published in June 2002. The amendments facilitate the processing of work permit applications for some applicants and clarify the language in some sections of the regulations where their interpretation was somewhat confusing. The highlights of the amendments affecting work permits are as follows:

Applications at port of entry for more HRSDC confirmation holders

People requiring a labour market opinion (confirmation) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) were previously not allowed to apply for work permits at a port of entry, after obtaining the HRSDC confirmation, unless they were citizens of the United States or residents of St. Pierre and Miquelon. The amendments now allow visa exempt foreign nationals to apply for a work permit at a port of entry if they hold a confirmation from HRSDC.