Facilitated Processing of Information Technology Workers


PLEASE NOTE: This program has terminated for all provinces. Cases submitted after this date will be subject to the requirement of a Labour Market Opinion unless another exemption otherwise exists.


The Facilitated Processing of Information Technology Workers program was established through a collaboration of the Software Human Resources Council of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada as an effort to alleviate a shortage of software professionals in Canada. The requirement for a Labour Market Opinion application was removed for those professionals meeting the requirements of seven occupational definitions.


The eligible occupations are:
  1. Senior Animation Effects Editor
  2. Multimedia Software Developer
  3. Embedded Systems Software Designer
  4. MIS Software Designer
  5. Software Products Developer
  6. Telecommunications Software Designer
  7. Software Developer - Services

The goal of the program continues to be to expedite the process of admitting foreign workers in the field of information technology. Eligible candidates are granted a "national confirmation" by HRSDC, and may proceed directly to applying for a Canadian work permit. As this program does not constitute a confirmation exemption, however, applicants with a destination in the province of Quebec are required to obtain a Certificate d'Acceptation du Quebec prior to a work permit.


Applications may be submitted to a Canadian visa office abroad or at a port of entry for those who are exempt from the requirement of a passport visa


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