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20230620 - Challenges in LMIA and Work Permit Application Framework - recording expires for CICC 19 June 2024

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Presenter/s: Marty Baram RCIC and Ben Chong RCIC

Date: 20 June 2023

Time: 10 am - noon Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $50.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 2 hour/s - 2 CPD hours approved, recording valid until 19 June 2024. Includes 20 minutes of professionalism.
  • LSBC 2 hour/s - 2 CPD hours approved, recording expires on 31 December 2023 - attendance to this course will provide you with 20 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta. 



  • ESDC errors (business name, FN names, addresses, government payment receipt)
  • Employers (business information, payment method)
  • Advertising duration
  • Advertising methods (websites, newspapers etc)

Work Permits - R179

Issuance - R197

Application before entry - R 197

Visa exempt countries

  • eTA
  • Obtain the work permit at the POE
  • Ensure clients have the required documents upon appearing at the POE

Visa required countries

  • Online application
  • Country specific requirements
  • IMM1295, IMM5707, IMM5476, IMM5257 Sch1 (if applicable)
  • Supporting documents i.e valid passport, birth certificate, PCC, upfront medical, offer of employment, employment contract, employment reference letters, bank statements, RSL, Client information


  • Incorrect IMM versions (outdated versions)
  • Incorrect information in IMM forms
  • Incorrect documents uploaded into the Authorized Representative portal
  • Incorrect IRCC government fee payment (include/exclude biometrics)
  • Applicant document validity such as passport, PCC etc
  • Authorized Representative portal down
  • Passed LMIA validity
  • FN non-compliance on deadlines
  • FN previous immigration history (Canada, USA and other countries; refusals/approvals)
  • FN misrepresentation (s.40 IRPA)


  • review, review, review
  • double triple checks
  • set realistic deadlines (LMIA expiring, work permit validity for extensions)

TFWs Arrival to Canada at POE

  • missing documents in carry-on
  • leaving POE without the physical copy of the work permit

CICC Essential Competency mapping  


Foundational Knowledge

1.3  Interprets Canadian immigration and refugee legislation, regulations and policies. 

       1.3.1 Interprets the relevant sections of the IRPA and IRPR, Citizenship Act and Citizenship Regulations.

Case Management

2.1 Engages in a process to ensure the client is fully informed and able to make a decision whether to proceed with the RCICs professional services and enter into a retainer agreement.


6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

      6.1.2 Stays current and complies with legislations, regulation, professional standards, policies and guidelines.


Marty Baram RCIC

Marty is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment located in Edmonton, AB. In addition to his role as the Director of SYMY, Marty is a member of the Transitional Board of Directors at the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants. Marty is an Adjunct Professor at Queen's University Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law and was an Instructor of Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for over 5 years. Marty is very well versed with the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application process and is regarded as an expert in the field. His other areas of expertise are: International Recruitment, Francophone Mobility Program, Permanent Residence applications- specifically Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College where he graduated with honors. Marty is a member in good standing with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants.

Ben Chong RCIC

Ben Chong, RCIC, is the General Manager of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment located in Edmonton, AB. Ben is well versed with Temporary Resident Visa (TRVs) and various Permanent Resident (PR) application processes. Ben received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Ashton College where he graduated with Honors. Ben is a member in good standing with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).


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