Special measures for residential camp counsellors – Summer camp 2021

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

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC remains committed to facilitating travel and maintaining high standards of client service while protecting the health and safety of Canadians. As part of this commitment, residential camp counsellors entering Canada are eligible for priority processing. Where operationally possible, offices are asked to prioritize these work permit applications for eligible applicants within the 14-day priority service standard that has been established. These measures end on September 21, 2021. Requests for priority processing submitted through the IRCC web form after September 21, 2021 will not be considered.

To be eligible for priority processing, foreign nationals must meet all of the below:

TRV-exempt foreign nationals travelling from the United States may still apply for a work permit at the port of entry as per section 198 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

For this specific measure, an offer of employment submitted to IRCC by a Canadian camp employer through the Employer Portal should generally be sufficient evidence to support the applicant’s ability to perform the duties of the position. An officer can request further supporting evidence if they have specific concerns that the foreign national would not be able to perform the work sought.

Officers should be aware that foreign nationals are instructed to write the following (along with any other pertinent information) in the “Your enquiry” section of their web form requests in order for the appropriate migration office to triage and distribute them for priority processing:

residentialcamp2021: Requesting priority processing for residential camp counsellors due to COVID-19.”

Identifying requests that are eligible for priority processing may take the specific migration office an estimated 5 business days to complete. Expedited processing time begins on receipt of the web form. Migration offices should query for incoming requests on a regular basis.

Templates to notify applicants

Officers can use the following templates to inform clients as a response to the IRCC web form request or by adding to a generic letter template for sending through the Global Case Management System (GCMS).

If the application can’t be processed immediately, officers can send the eligibility confirmation to applicants using the Priority Processing Eligibility template.

If the applicant is not eligible for priority processing, officers should inform clients using the Priority Processing Non-Eligibility template. If biometrics are not completed, then the application is not eligible for priority processing and should be returned to the regular processing queue.

Priority Processing Eligibility

Dear client,

Your request for priority processing as a worker under the special measure for residential camp counsellors due to COVID-19 has been received. Based on our assessment of your request, your application has been identified for priority processing. We will endeavour to process your application within the 14-day priority service standard. You will be notified once a decision has been made on your application.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) remains committed to facilitating travel and maintaining high standards of client service while protecting the health and safety of Canadians.

Unless specifically exempted, all travellers to Canada are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Thank you for your interest in working in Canada.

Priority Processing Non-Eligibility

Dear client,

Your request for priority processing as a worker under the special measures for residential camp counsellors due to COVID-19 has been received. Based on our assessment of your request, your application has been identified as not being eligible for priority processing and has been returned to the queue for regular processing. You will be notified once a decision has been made on your application.

The following applications are not eligible for priority processing under this facilitation measure:

  • incomplete work permit applications
  • applications for which biometrics have not been completed
  • applications submitted under provisions other than the reciprocity provision (Labour Market Impact Assessment [LMIA] exemption code C20)

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) remains committed to facilitating travel and maintaining high standards of client service while protecting the health and safety of Canadians.

Unless specifically exempted, all travellers to Canada are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Thank you for your interest in working in Canada.

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: