Foreign TV and film workers eligible for expedited processing

Work permits through the TV & Flim Production Workers category are exempt from the Labor Market Impact Assessment  (LMIA) requirement, which can be an expensive and lengthy process. In some cases, people seeking entry to Canada to work in the entertainment industry can qualify as business visitors.

Film and television industry workers coming to Canada from foreign countries may also be eligible for priority work permit processing. In the fall of 2020, Immigration,Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced a facilitative measure to allow film and TV workers who need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) can get their work permits in two weeks.

You need to meet the following criteria to be eligible for priority processing:

  • Submit an initial work permit application online to work within the TV & film industry.
  • Applicants from outside Canada or the U.S., unless you are in the US. but require a TRV.
  • Self-identify as a television and film industry worker after submitting the work permit application by sending a request via the IRCC web form.