NAFTA allows certain professionals who are U.S. or Mexican citizens to obtain a work permit without first having to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). University professors, scientists and physicians are generally LMIA exempt under NAFTA, Appendix 1603.D.1 A similar exemption from the LMIA exists for Chilean nationals.
Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) of the U.S. or persons with Permanent Resident status in Mexico are not covered under the NAFTA provisions.
Documentation required at the port of entry is described under "Crossing the Border".
Starting February 21, 2015, new obligations will be imposed on Canadian employers hiring foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. Exemptions from the LMIA process include Post-Docs and professionals under free trade agreements such as NAFTA. Under the new procedure an employer will be required to submit information about its business, complete an offer of employment form (Form IMM 5802) and pay a $230 "employer compliance fee" online to Citizenship and Immigration Canada before the work permit application is filed. As of that date, foreign nationals will not be able to get an employer-specific work permit if their employer has not submitted the required forms and paid the fee. The compliance fee is in addition to the current work permit processing fee of $155.Please contact the Faculty Recruitment Program or the Office of Post-Doctoral Training for further information.
The duration of the work permit issued is at the discretion of the border officer.The NAFTA/CCFTA permit is intended to be temporary, and permit holders are strongly encouraged to make an application for Permanent Residence before the permit expires.
If necessary, renewal can be obtained in Canada. The renewal must be applied for prior to the expiry of the existing work permit to ensure uninterrupted eligibility for employment by Queen's.