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:
- Senior Animation Effects Editor
- Multimedia Software Developer
- Embedded Systems Software Designer
- MIS Software Designer
- Software Products Developer
- Telecommunications Software Designer
- 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