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CANADA: Expedited Processing for IT Workers Ends

Following the termination of the facilitated process for information technology (IT) workers (labor market exemption) in British Columbia in December 2011 and in all other provinces in September 2010, Québec has also announced the end of the program for the seven different types of IT occupations. The program expedited the admission of foreign workers in certain IT occupations, mainly those in software development.

As a result, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will require Labor Market Opinions (LMOs) for those temporary foreign IT workers who previously qualified for the exemption. The process will be much lengthier and will require a job posting of at least 14 days, followed by an application for the LMO work permit.

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