Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – Investors R204(a) (work permit required/LMIA exemption code T46)
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
From January 1 to March 31, 2021, applications from nationals of the United Kingdom (UK) should be accompanied by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or meet the eligibility requirements of an LMIA-exempt work permit category.
On April 1, 2021, the Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (CUKTCA) came into force.
Please ensure that the following special program codes are input:
CUKTCA = Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
EU-CETA = Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
The investor provisions listed under the key personnel category of CETA are similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (see section 6).
The investor provisions of CETA apply to applicants who:
- will establish, develop, or administer the operation of an investment in a capacity that is supervisory or executive
- are the investor
- are employed by an enterprise that has committed or is in the process of committing a substantial amount of capital
Length of stay: One year, with possible extensions at the officer’s discretion, if applicant is able to provide documentation that satisfies the processing officer of their need to have their stay extended.
Note: See the Extending CETA applications section for details on when an application can be extended.
Assessment of application: CETA investors should be assessed using investor guidelines found in section six of NAFTA.
Work permit issuance in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
Under the “Application” screen, officers should enter the “Case Type” as 52.
Based on fields in the “Offer of Employment”, officers should enter the following under the “Application” screen:
- Province of Destination: address of physical job location
- If there is more than one location, officers should enter the primary location in the “Province of Destination” field and the secondary location in the “Remarks” field.
- City of Destination: address of physical job location
- If there is more than one location, officers should enter the primary location in the “City of Destination” field and the secondary location in the “Remarks” field.
- Exemption Code: T46
- NOC: National Occupational Classification code
- Intended Occupation: job title
- Salary: “amount per year” as indicated wage in Canadian dollars and number of work hours
- Employer: business operating name
Note: For more information on the offer of employment please refer to the instructions on Employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions.
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