Recently the Canadian government implemented changes to the processing of the LMIA-exempt work permits. One of the more affected categories is the Free Trade Agreement stream that for many years had a very flexible process. In many cases the applicants only had to go to the closest border or port of entry to obtain a work permit.
In order to be successful during your immigration process it is important to consider that the wage offered by your employer plays an important role. During a Labour Market Opinion or even when applying under a different stream for a work permit or for permanent residence, the immigration officers rely on the statistics provided by working-in-canada.
On December 27, 2013, Ministerial Instructions were released respecting Labour Market Opinions and Temporary Work Permits. The Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada together with Citizenship and Immigration Canada will have the power to revoke the positive Labor Market Opinion and the granted work permit in order to address immediately the changes and demands of the Labor Market. This will certainly put the Canadian employers at risk of losing their workers without notice.
Telling a Canadian employer to help you stay in Canada can be challenging. Most Canadian employers are unfamiliar with Canadian immigration laws and are afraid to deal with the Canadian government.
The procedure to follow depends on the kind of work permit the worker has or if the Skilled Foreign Worker is not in Canada. For example, a person with a Working Holiday Visa will have to apply under different rules than a person who holds a Post Graduate Work Permit in Canada.