On June 9, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued Operational Bulletin 575 ("OB 575"), which provides expanded guidance for intra-company transferee ("ICT") work permits issued to specialized knowledge workers under the general ICT (C12) category. This guidance imposes a more rigorous definition of “specialized knowledge” as well as a mandatory wage requirement for some ICTs. However, OB 575 makes clear that this expanded guidance does not apply to specialized knowledge ICTs entering Canada pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement or to any future or current Free Trade Agreements.
On September 1, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued Operational Bulletin 230, which announces a new exemption from the Labour Market Opinion requirement for foreign medical residents and medical research fellowship holders. This new exemption falls under Paragraph 205(c)(ii) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
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