Professionals and technicians – CPTPP [R204(a) – T52] – Agreements or arrangements – International Mobility Program

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

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) contains provisions for the temporary entry of professionals and technicians.

The CPTPP includes a list of occupations on a country-by-country basis permitted under the professionals and technicians category for citizens of Australia, Japan, Mexico and Peru.

Applications under this category can be made from within Canada, at a port of entry or at a Canadian mission abroad, per the requirements set out in sections 197, 198 and 199 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

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Eligibility

Professionals

To qualify as a professional, in addition to the country-specific requirements, the applicant must

  • have an offer of employment in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B occupation requiring a theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge
  • have a post-secondary degree of 4 or more years of study and any additional educational requirements as per their specific occupation in the NOC
  • have 2 years of paid work experience in the sector of activity of the contract
  • be remunerated at a level commensurate with other similarly qualified professionals in the industry and region where the work is performed
    • Such remuneration should not include non-monetary elements, such as housing costs and travel expenses.
    • The assessment of the level of remuneration should be based on the prevailing wage. Use the Explore Labour Market Information tool for more information.

Technicians

To qualify as a technician, in addition to any country-specific requirements, the applicant must

  • have an offer of employment in an NOC 0, A or B occupation requiring a theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge
  • have a post-secondary or technical degree of 2 or more years of study as a minimum entry requirement for the occupation and any other additional educational requirements as per their specific occupation in the NOC
  • have 4 years of paid work experience in the sector of activity of the contract
  • be remunerated at a level similar to other similarly qualified technicians in the industry in the region of the work
    • Such remuneration should not include non-monetary elements, such as housing costs and travel expenses.
    • The assessment of the level of remuneration should be based on the prevailing wage. Use the Explore Labour Market Information tool for more information.

Documentary evidence

Professionals and technicians should present documentation that provides the following information:

  • an offer of employment submitted by the Canadian enterprise that indicates
    • the occupation for which entry is sought
    • the province or territory of destination
    • details of the position (job description, duration of employment, arrangements regarding payment)
  • proof of educational qualifications and any additional credentials required to discharge job duties in Canada (such as licensing or certification)
  • if the occupation is regulated by the province or territory, evidence of licensing or certification in their occupation from the applicable Canadian or foreign regulatory body
  • proof of work experience

Note: Information on determining which occupations are regulated at a provincial and territorial level in Canada can be found online, at either the Government of Canada’s Job Bank or The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Important: The Canadian company must submit an offer of employment and pay the employer compliance fee through the IRCC Employer Portal, as it is the Canadian company that is creating the need for the temporary worker to enter Canada. The offer of employment does not establish the standard employee–employer relationship as normally understood in the labour force; however, the company submitting the offer of employment is responsible for the conditions outlined in the regulations for the International Mobility Program, and may be subject to the employer compliance regime.

Language requirement

If an officer has concerns about the applicant’s ability to communicate in 1 of the 2 official languages, the officer may ask the applicant to provide evidence to satisfy the officer that the applicant’s language abilities will permit them to perform the specific job for which they were hired and that they understand the health and safety requirements of their workplace.

Officers may request documentary evidence, such as the level of English- or French-language education obtained, correspondence with the intended employer and examples of previous work undertaken in countries where English or French is an official language, to aid them in assessing language ability.

See Assessing language requirements for instructions on how officers can assess language ability.

Note: An applicant whose letter of offer outlines specific official language requirements must satisfy the officer that they meet those requirements.

Length of stay

The initial length of stay is 1 year.

Extensions are allowed if the applicant is able to provide documentation that satisfies the processing officer of their need to have their stay extended.

See Extending work permits under the CPTPP for details on when an application can be extended.

Fields to review in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)

When assessing professionals and technicians applying under the CPTPP, officers should review the following fields under the “Employment Details” tab in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) for information provided by the employer:

Field Considerations
Requirements Exemptions Met

Information in this field outlines how the job or the foreign national meets the labour market impact assessment (LMIA) exemption requirements, including that the applicant

  • will work in an NOC 0, A or B occupation listed in the country-specific occupations
  • has the minimum educational and work experience requirements of their category and occupation
  • has the required licence or certification if their occupation is regulated in the province or territory of destination
Duration 1 year maximum duration
Duties These are the activities that the foreign national will be performing. Do they align with the occupation?
Job Requirements

Are there specific requirements that align with the professional or technician category of the applicant?

Does the employer require more than the minimum amount of paid work experience?

Wages Is the remuneration similar to other similarly qualified professionals or technicians in the industry in the region where the work is performed (in other words, the prevailing wage)?
Minimum Education Requirements

Do the educational requirements outlined in the offer of employment align with the minimum education requirements of the professional or technician category?

Are there additional or alternative requirements for this occupation defined in the NOC?

Other Training Required The employer may indicate specialty training as a requirement.
Provincial/Federal Certification, Licencing or Registration

The employer should list any specific certification, licensing or registration required in Canada.

Documented evidence should be provided with the application if the occupation is regulated by the province or territory; however, some occupations may require the foreign national to write an exam after they enter Canada, for example, for a licence from a regulated body or a first aid certificate.

Refer to Employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions (International Mobility Program) for further guidance.

Country-specific occupations

Australia

Professionals

Canadian educational requirements for Australian professionals should be deemed to be met whenever an Australian professional has met the Australian equivalent educational qualification. This is generally a 3-year bachelor’s degree. Australian professionals also require a letter provided by the Canadian client or employer, indicating that the Australian professional’s qualifications are acceptable in Canada.

Note: A bachelor’s degree in Australia can be obtained after 3 years of study.

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges and notaries
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Technicians

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
  • architectural technologists and technicians
  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • drafting technologists and technicians
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • electricians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial designers
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • international purchasing and selling agents
  • land survey technologists and technicians
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • oil and gas well drillers, servicers and testers
  • plumbers
  • technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  • supervisors in the following areas:
    • food, beverage and tobacco processing fields
    • forest products processing field
    • machinists and related occupations
    • mineral and metal processing
    • mining and quarrying
    • oil and gas drilling and service
    • petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • printing and related occupations
    • textile processing
  • Contractors and supervisors in the following areas:
    • carpentry trades
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • mechanic trades
    • metal forming
    • other construction trades
    • pipefitting trades
    • shaping and erecting trades

Japan

Professionals

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges, lawyers and notaries, except foreign legal consultants
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • researchers, except those intending to work at an academic entity in Canada

Technicians

A Japanese associate’s degree, the equivalent of such a degree or a higher level of education is required.

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
  • architectural technologists and technicians
  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • drafting technologists and technicians
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial designers
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • international purchasing and selling agents
  • land survey technologists and technicians
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • oil and gas well drillers, servicers and testers (excluding operators)
  • technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  • supervisors in the following areas:
    • carpentry trades
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • food, beverage and tobacco processing
    • forest products processing
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • machinists and related occupations
    • mechanic trades
    • metal forming
    • mineral and metal processing
    • mining and quarrying
    • oil and gas drilling and service
    • other construction trades
    • petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • pipefitting trades
    • plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • printing and related occupations
    • shaping and erecting trades
    • textile processing

Mexico

Professionals

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges, lawyers and notaries, except foreign legal consultants
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Technicians

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • electricians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • contractors and supervisors in the following areas:
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • other construction trades

Peru

Professionals

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges, lawyers and notaries, except foreign legal consultants
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Technicians

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • supervisors in the following areas:
    • food, beverage and tobacco processing
    • forest products processing
    • machinists and related occupations
    • mineral and metal processing
    • mining and quarrying
    • oil and gas drilling and service
    • petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • printing and related occupations
    • textile processing
  • contractors and supervisors in the following areas:
    • aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
    • architectural technologists and technicians
    • carpentry trades
    • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
    • drafting technologists and technicians
    • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • electricians
    • graphic designers and illustrators
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • industrial designers
    • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • interior designers
    • international purchasing and selling agents
    • land survey technologists and technicians
    • mechanic trades
    • metal forming
    • oil and gas well drillers, servicers and testers
    • other construction trades
    • pipefitting trades
    • plumbers
    • shaping and erecting trades
    • technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

Spousal provisions – LMIA exemption code T53

Spousal eligibility is based on the citizenship or permanent resident status of the principal applicant.

Professionals

An open work permit may be issued to the spouse of a professional if the principal applicant is either of the following:

  • a citizen of Australia, Japan or Mexico
  • a permanent resident of Australia

Technicians

An open work permit may be issued to the spouse of a technician if the principal applicant is either of the following:

  • a citizen of Australia, Japan or Mexico
  • a permanent resident of Australia

Note: The open work permit should have a validity that matches the principal applicant’s work permit. The spouse or common-law partner’s work permit may be issued at a port of entry (POE).

Work permit issuance in GCMS

Under the “Application” screen, officers should enter the following information in the specified fields:

Field Selection or input
Case type 52
Province of destination The province of destination entered by the applicant should match the address of employment in the LMIA-exempt offer of employment. This information is under the Employment Details – LMIA-exempt tab.
City of destination The city of destination entered by the applicant should match the address of employment in the LMIA-exempt offer of employment. This information is under the Employment Details – LMIA-exempt tab.
Exemption code

T52

This code is auto-populated from the LMIA-exempt offer of employment. This code should only be changed in specific circumstances. For further instruction, see Changes between the offer of employment and the work permit application

NOC The NOC code is auto-populated from the LMIA-exempt offer of employment.
Intended occupation

Job title

This is auto-populated from the LMIA-exempt offer of employment.

LMIA/LMIA-exempt #

“A” number from the work permit application.

This number is auto-populated from the work permit application, and it is what is used to “match” in the Portal. If the work permit application was submitted on paper, the officer must manually enter the number.

Employer Business operating name
Duration

Officers may issue an LMIA-exempt work permit that is valid for the duration of the offer of employment or until the expiry of the travel document, whichever is earlier.

Refer to Validity period for work permits

Note: If the employer is authorized to use an IMM 5802 form instead of completing the offer of employment through the Employer Portal, please see Employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions (International Mobility Program).

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