Appendix H – The Work Permits – R196 and R299 (1)
With effect from February 21, 2015, the authorities have prescribed the processing and collection of the following fees:
- For individuals – $155
- For a group of performing artists and their staff (three or more persons) – $465
- Employer compliance fee – $230
- Employer compliance maximum fee – $690
- Open work permit holder fee – $100
The officers would initiate processing once they receive a completed Application for a Work Permit (IMM 1102B) or an Application for a Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257B) along with the appropriate fee. It is worth mentioning that applicants would need to submit the application along with the relevant fees. The only time applicants do not need to do this is when they are fee-exempt. If the client is fee-exempt, the officers would enter the appropriate fee exemption code on the application and into the processing system as well.
The Maximum Fee: A group of three or more performing artists and their staff, who apply at the same time and at the same place for a work permit, would need to pay a maximum fee of $465. Similarly, an employer who has made offers of employment to a group of three or more foreign nationals, comprising performing artists and their staff, would need to pay a maximum of $690, as long as the employer makes those offers at the same time.
Officers would need to refer to the Coding Handbook for more details on fee exemptions.
The Work Permits for Applicants for Permanent Residence
Applicants seeking permanent residence in Canada or those individuals who have received early admission by a visa office abroad, who also wish to obtain a work permit, would need to pay the required fees for each transaction.
- Payment by Employers
- According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), the legal obligation for the payment of the immigration processing fees lies with the employee. The authorities consider the employee the recipient of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) services. However, many employers often agree to pay the immigration processing fees for their foreign employees by private arrangement. In such cases, the employers typically submit their payments on behalf of their employees through:
- Handling of Public Money (HPM) in Canada or,
- Visa offices abroad (for applicants abroad)
- Restoration in Canada
- Situations could arise where people will lose their temporary resident status as workers. These individuals would need to apply for restoration of temporary resident status by submitting the Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada (IMM 5710E) at the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville (CPC-V)
- At Ports of Entry
- For Workers with Work Permits Issued by Visa Offices Abroad
- Visa offices abroad collect the data for work permits that they authorise. The staff download this to the Field Operations Support System (FOSS) for facilitating the printing of the work permit at the Port of Entry (POE). The applicant will arrive for the examination. At this point, the officers would need to check the permit to see whether it has been properly completed. In case they have any questions, they would need to contact the issuing office abroad.
- For Workers with No Work Permit
- The officers would need to determine at the examination that any people seeking entry into Canada need a work permit
- In this scenario, the officers would need to ensure that they collect the fees from the clients before issuing an IMM 1102B or an IMM 1442B
- They would do this for all clients unless the client is fee-exempt
- It is worth highlighting that people do not need to submit formal written applications at ports of entry
- Therefore, the officers would need to collect the fees when the authorities make a decision to proceed with the issuance of the IMM 1102B or the IMM 1442B
- In some cases, it is possible that the individual requires a temporary resident permit along with the IMM 1102B or the IMM 1442B
- In this scenario, the manager would need to authorise the issuance of the temporary resident permit before the workers pay the relevant fees
- Officers would need to visit the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for more details on Temporary Resident Permits
- For Spontaneous Applications for Permanent Residence and Work Permits at a Port of Entry (POE)
- Officers would need to ensure that they do not accept spontaneous applications for permanent residence that arrive at the port of entry (POE)
- They would need to ensure that they collect all documentation required for temporary entry at the port of entry (POE)
- In addition, they would need to code the IMM 1102B or the IMM 1442B appropriately for indicating that:
- The applicants have paid the relevant fees or,
- The authorities have applied an exemption