Operational Instructions


Updated Schedule 4 and New Schedule 4A for Provincial Nominees - Operational Bulletins 114 – May 19, 2009

Background
Under provincial nominee agreements, provinces or territories (PTs) may nominate foreign nationals for immigration to Canada on the basis that the candidate’s presence in the province or territory will meet regional labour market and economic development needs. Each PT is responsible for the design and administration of its individual program, including the development of nomination criteria. Each program is composed of several “streams” or “categories”, each with its own sub-criteria.
Applicants in the provincial nominee class are identified, assessed, and nominated by a province or territory before they submit their application to a visa officer. The PTs assess applicants against criteria which can vary widely from one PT to another. This reflects the program’s objective which is to allow PTs to address their individual economic development needs. PTs are responsible for their nomination decisions and are committed to practicing due diligence. The federal visa officer remains ultimately responsible for ensuring that visa issuance is in accordance with eligibility (R87) and admissibility requirements.
In view of the significant role played by the nominating authority, it is generally federal policy to accept the nomination at face value. Consequently, the federal application kit for provincial nominees does not request the same level of detailed background information as do the kits for other economic classes. In particular, nominees in business streams are asked to provide far less information to the visa officer than federal business applicants. This has led to concern on the part of visa officers and processing partners that provincial nominees in business streams are not providing sufficient information to allow the officer to assess their background, source of funds, or possible participation in an immigration-linked investment scheme. The revised Schedule 4 and new Schedule 4A are designed to address these shortcomings.
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Pilot Project for Working-Age Dependent Children of Workers Destined to Alberta - Operational Bulletins 122 – June 25, 2009

Background
In the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration signed on April 1, 2009, the parties agreed as follows:
7.2 The Canada-Alberta Working Group on TFWs, defined in section 9.2, will initiate the following pilot projects within 12 months of signing this Annex:
c) Dependents, aged 18-22, of TFW who are engaged in work within the NOC [National Occupation Classification] 0, A and B skill categories being eligible to receive open work permits.”
Furthermore, 7.3 of the Annex allows that dependents described above be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
In order to see the full agreement, please click on the following link: Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration
The purpose of this operational bulletin is to advise officers of a pilot project to fulfill Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s commitment under paragraph 7.2(c) of the Temporary Foreign Workers Annex in this agreement.
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Pilot Project for Working-Age Dependent Children of Workers Destined to Ontario - Operational Bulletins 123 – June 25, 2009

Background
In the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) annex to the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement signed in August of 2008, the parties agreed as follows:
“4.2 Canada agrees to issue an open work permit to accompanying dependents of a TFW in Ontario if the TFW holds a work permit valid for 6 months or longer and is a Skilled Worker. 
The work permit will only be issued upon application by the dependent; the work permit will be limited to work in the province of Ontario; and a work permit will only be issued to persons who are otherwise able to be legally employed in Ontario. The work permits should expire the same date as the expiry date of the work permit of the principal work permit holder.”
Furthermore, section 4.4 of the Annex allows that dependents described above be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
In order to see the full agreement, please click on the following:  Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement – TFW Annex 2008
The purpose of this operational bulletin is to advise officers of a pilot project to fulfill Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s commitment under section 4.2 of the Temporary Foreign Workers Annex in this agreement.
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Examination of Members of the Provincial Nominee Class at Ports of Entry and CIC Inland Offices - Operational Bulletin 251 - November 24, 2010

Issue
This operational bulletin (OB) provides instructions regarding the examination of individuals in the Provincial Nominee (PN) class seeking permanent resident status who indicate that they never intended or no longer intend to reside in the nominating province or territory.
This OB is being published in conjunction with a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) memorandum to Border Services Officers (BSOs).
Background
Paragraph 87(2)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) states that a foreign national is a member of the PN class if they intend to reside in the province that has nominated them.
A permanent resident visa holder in the PN class seeking permanent resident status at a Port of Entry (POE) must therefore establish that they still intend to reside in the province/territory that has nominated them.
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Modification to the Pilot Program to Expand the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for International Students Graduating from Designated Private Post-Secondary Institutions in British Columbia - Operational Bulletin 2262B - February 22, 2011

Summary
Retroactive to January 31, 2011, the list of eligible private, post-secondary institutions participating in the recently launched pilot program to expand the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) in British Columbia has been extended to additional institutions that have received “Education Quality Assurance” (EQA)—designation by January 31, 2011. This has resulted in eight (8) additional institutions being eligible to participate in this pilot.
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Alberta Pilot for Occupation Specific Work Permits - Operational Bulletin 279-B - May 31, 2011

Summary
This Operational Bulletin (OB) was revised to include instructions for AAIT certified steamfitters/pipefitters applying from overseas, who possess an employment offer in this trade from an employer in Alberta.
Issue
The purpose of this OB is to advise officers of a Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) pilot project effective in the Province of Alberta, allowing foreign nationals coming to Canada to work temporarily in a specific occupation and to be issued a Work Permit (WP) without requiring a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.
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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – Open work permits for Master’s or PhD graduates/nominees - Operational Bulletin 406 - April 19, 2012

Summary
Effective as of the date of this publication, Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will use its R204(c) authority under the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement and its Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Annex to facilitate the issuance of open work permits (WPs) for Master’s and PhD graduates who have been nominated by the Province and are awaiting finalization of an application for Permanent Residence (PR).
Issue
The purpose of this Operational Bulletin (OB) is to inform officers of Opportunities Ontario: PNP use of its authority under the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement and its TFW Annex to facilitate the issuance of open WPs for Master’s and PhD graduates who have been nominated by the Province under the International Student Category of the Ontario PNP.
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Pilot Project for Foreign Spouses and Dependent Children of High-Skilled Canadians or Permanent Residents Returning to Work in Ontario - Operational Bulletin 229-A - April 23, 2012

Issue
This pilot program has been extended until May 24th, 2013. This replaces Operational Bulletin 229 published November 24, 2010.
Background
This is a pilot project that was implemented to fulfill Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) commitment under section 4.3 of the Temporary foreign Worker (TFW) Annex of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement signed in August 2008.
Under article 4.3 the parties agreed as follows: Where a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen who has left Canada returns to Canada to re-establish their residence in Ontario and work in Ontario as a Skilled Worker, and he/she is accompanied by a foreign spouse or common law partner and/or dependents, Canada agrees to issue open work permits to that spouse or common law partner and those dependents upon application, provided the applicants are otherwise legally able to work in Ontario. These open work permits should have a validity period of two years.
Furthermore, article 4.4 of the Annex allows that dependents described above be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). The applicant must still meet all admissibility criteria in order to obtain status as a Temporary Resident in Canada. You may refer to the Agreement at Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement – TFW Annex 2008.
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Alberta Pilot for Occupation Specific Work Permits – Extending the steamfitter/pipefitter pilot - Operational Bulletin 279-C - May 28, 2012

Issue
The application deadline for participants of the steamfitter/pipefitter pilot has been extended for one year, or until further notice.
Background
This Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) pilot project, launched June 1st, 2011, in the Province of Alberta, allows foreign nationals to come to Canada to work temporarily in a specific occupation and to be issued a Work Permit (WP) without requiring a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.
This pilot project was established under the TFW Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration which contains the following commitment:
7.2.1 The Canada-Alberta Working Group on TFWs, defined in section 9.2, will work toward developing occupation-specific (but non-employer specific) work permits for TFWs working in Alberta in the engineering, construction and procurement industries to permit limited mobility of certain high-skilled TFWs within a particular industrial sector.”
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Minimum Language Standards and Mandatory Testing for Provincial Nominees in National Occupation Classification Skill Levels C and D - Operational Bulletin 441 - June 29, 2012
Summary
As of July 1, 2012, most Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants in National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Levels C and D occupations will be required to undergo mandatory language testing and achieve a minimum standard of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing) prior to obtaining a provincial nomination certificate.
Applicants will also be required to include a copy of their language test results when submitting their application for permanent residence to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Background
In September 2011, Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Deputy Ministers agreed to add minimum language criteria to the requirements for NOC applicants in NOC C and D occupations.
2011 NOC C and D occupations include semi- and low-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as certain clerical and assistant categories. Please consult Resources and Skills Development Canada’s website for more information:  http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2011/Welcome.aspx
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Pilot Project for Working-Age Dependent Children of Skilled Workers Destined to Alberta - Operational Bulletin 122-A - July 9, 2012

This pilot program has been extended until July 31, 2013.
IMPORTANT: All relevant work permits must be coded with Special Program Code “WDP” as indicated below, to support an effective evaluation of the pilot, and to assist officers when reviewing these applications.
Background
In the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration, signed on April 1, 2009, the parties agreed as follows:
7.2 The Canada-Alberta Working Group on TFWs, defined in section 9.2, will initiate the following pilot projects within 12 months of signing this Annex:

c) Dependents, aged 18-22, of TFW who are engaged in work within the NOC [National Occupation Classification] 0, A and B skill categories being eligible to receive open work permits.”
Furthermore, 7.3 of the Annex allows that dependents described above be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
For further reading, please visit following webpage:

Pilot Project for Working-Age Dependent Children of Skilled Workers Destined to Ontario - Operational Bulletin 123-A - July 9, 2012

This pilot program has been extended until July 31, 2013.
IMPORTANT: All relevant work permits must be coded with Special Program Code “WDP” as indicated below, to support an effective evaluation of the pilot, and to assist officers when reviewing these applications.
Background
In the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) annex to the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement signed in August of 2008, the parties agreed as follows:
4.2 Canada agrees to issue an open work permit to accompanying dependents of a TFW in Ontario if the TFW holds a work permit valid for 6 months or longer and is a Skilled Worker. The work permit will only be issued upon application by the dependent; the work permit will be limited to work in the province of Ontario; and a work permit will only be issued to persons who are otherwise able to be legally employed in Ontario. The work permits should expire the same date as the expiry date of the work permit of the principal work permit holder.”
Furthermore, section 4.4 of the Annex allows that dependents described above be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
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Clarifying the responsibilities of Service Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency in regard to assessing a Temporary Foreign Worker’s eligibility to work in Alberta in a compulsory certification trade position - Operational Bulletin 434 - July 9, 2012

Summary
This Operational Bulletin provides information on the operational practices used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Service Canada in assessing a Temporary Foreign Worker’s (TFW) eligibility to work in the province of Alberta in a designated compulsory certification trade for the purpose of issuing a work permit (WP) and to reaffirm CIC’s sole responsibility in this matter, effective August 1, 2012.
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Alberta Pilot Project for Spouses and Common-Law Partners of Long-Haul Truck Drivers - Operational Bulletin 146-A - July 13, 2012
This pilot program has been extended until July 31st, 2013.
IMPORTANT: All relevant work permits must be coded with Special Program Code “LTD” as indicated below to support an effective evaluation of the pilot, and to assist officers when reviewing these applications.
Background
In the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration signed April 1, 2009, the parties agreed as follows:
7.2 The Canada-Alberta Working Group on TFWs, defined in section 9.2, will initiate the following pilot projects within 12 months of signing this Annex: …
b) Spouses [and common-law partners] of long-haul truck drivers operating out of Alberta being eligible to receive open work permits.”
Furthermore, 7.3 of the Annex allows that spouses (and common-law partners) described above be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
In order to see the full Agreement, please click on the following link:
Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration
For further reading, please visit following webpage:

Alberta Pilot for Occupation-Specific Work Permits – Expanded to include 6 (six) additional occupations - Operational Bulletin 279-D - July 16, 2012

Issue
This Operational Bulletin (OB) replaces OB 279-C.
The purpose of this OB is to advise officers of six additional occupations now included in the Province of Alberta’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Annex occupation-specific pilot project (formerly just for the steamfitter/pipefitter occupation).
Background
This TFW Annex pilot project, launched June 1, 2011, in the Province of Alberta, allows foreign nationals to come to Canada to work temporarily in a specific occupation and to be issued a Work Permit (WP) that allows them to move freely between employers, without requiring a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.
This pilot project was established under the TFW Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration which contains the following commitment:
7.2.1 The Canada-Alberta Working Group on TFWs, defined in section 9.2, will work toward developing occupation-specific (but non-employer specific) WPs for TFWs working in Alberta in the engineering, construction and procurement industries to permit limited mobility of certain high-skilled TFWs within a particular industrial sector.”
For further reading, please visit following webpage:

Open Work Permit Requests from Provincial Nominees Identified Through the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Backlog Reduction Pilot - Operational Bulletin 470 - November 5, 2012

Background
In February 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments to help provinces and territories (PTs) better meet their labour market needs while contributing to CIC’s FSW backlog reduction efforts. Through this pilot, participating PTs (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Northwest Territories) were given the opportunity to identify  FSW backlog applicants for possible nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program based on applicants’ province of intended destination and work experience. More details on the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot can be found in OB 408. The Pilot continued to go forward despite the subsequent elimination of the FSW backlog through the enactment of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Budget 2012 implementation).
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