In an attempt to reduce processing delays on work permit applications at the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta, a decision has been made to divide applications into "new employer" versus "existing employer" streams. With this new procedure, temporary foreign workers who are seeking to work for a new employer will benefit from faster processing times.

Applicants with new employers will be given priority. A "new employer" is any employer with whom the foreign national does not have a valid work permit. Since foreign workers must wait for a new work permit to be issued prior to starting with a new employer, this procedural change will allow for quicker transitions.

Applications for work permit extensions with the same employer will continue to be dealt with in the order that they are received by CPC Vegreville. Such workers can have implied status to continue working while their applications are being processed, and therefore priority processing is not seen as being required.

The change became effective on November 14, 2008. In order to take advantage of the new procedure, eligible work permit applications need to be sent to the proper processing Unit at CPC Vegreville.

Operational Bulletin re new Vegreville Work Permit Application Procedures