ARCHIVED – Operational Bulletin 225 - August 5, 2010

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Modified processing instructions for Information Technology work permit applications (software pilot) received prior to October 1st, 2010

This Operational Bulletin has expired.


As a follow-up to Operational Bulletin 210 – End of Simplified Entry Process for Information Technology (IT) specialists – Temporary Foreign Worker Programpublished June 4, 2010, the purpose of this bulletin is to provide guidance to officers processing work permit applications received prior to October 1st, 2010, when the national Labour Market Opinion (LMO)/software pilot will be cancelled.


On May 20, 2010, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada/Service Canada (HRSDC/SC) issued a notice for employers that the simplified entry process for certain IT occupations will end on September 30, 2010, and that effective October 1st, 2010, employers who wish to hire Temporary Foreign Workers previously eligible for IT facilitated processing will be required to apply for a LMO.

Note: For employers wanting to hire foreign workers for positions in Quebec, the facilitated process will remain in place until further notice.

For more information, see the Notice for employers on the HRSDC website.

Work permit applications received prior to October 1st, 2010

Under the simplified entry process, the national LMO will remain in place for seven specific IT occupations up to and including September 30, 2010.

Work permit applications received at a Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa office or at the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, or requests for work permit issuances received by Canada Border Services Agency at a port of entry prior to October 1st, 2010, will not need to be accompanied by an LMO.

Limiting the duration of work permits issued prior to October 1st, 2010

Requests for an extension of a work permit or a new work permit application that has been filed prior to October 1st, 2010, if approved, will allow a maximum duration of one year from the date of issuance of the work permit.

Work permit applications received on or after October 1st, 2010

Effective October 1st, 2010, work permit applications received for the seven specific IT occupations that were previously under the facilitated process will require an LMO. Note that until further notice, the change does not apply to Quebec.

Work permit durations will be in accordance with the requirement stated within the LMO.

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