• The four-year cap for all foreign workers and companies that hire foreign workers under work permit skill levels B, C and D of the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that was instituted on April 1, 2011, will come into effect on April 1, 2015.
  • Foreign workers who require an LMIA work permit, and who will reach the four-year cap on or after April 1, 2015, will not be eligible for a new work permit.
  • Foreign workers whose work permits will expire can apply for a new permit but only for the remaining amount of time within the four-year period. This includes any time spent outside Canada that can be recaptured.
  • Foreign workers in the affected categories may also remain in Canada if they are eligible for a work permit that does not have a four-year limit.
  • Employers using Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visas must make it clear why the knowledge attained by foreign workers during their tenure abroad provides uncommon knowledge not available in the general industry. Companies relying on ICTs for IT positions can expect increased scrutiny.