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Film and television industry applicants to receive 14-day Canada Work Permit Processing.

Film and television industry workers have been given a 14-day Canada work permit processing access by the central government of Canada.

This move, declared by the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on September 28, is available to applicants from overseas or those applying from the US who require a temporary residence visa (TRV).

The IRCC statement stated:

“However, COVID-19 has presented difficulties, the IRCC is committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service while protecting the wellbeing and safety of Canadians and travelers.”

As part of this effort, film and television industry workers in the United States who need a TRV or workers from other countries who need a work permit are subjected to priority treatment.

Eligibility criteria for candidates from the Film and Television Industry applying for a work permit:

Overseas workers must:

  • Submit a work permit application online.
  • Apply from outside Canada and the United States, or apply from the United States and require a TRV.
  • Self-recognize as a movie and television industry worker after submitting their working papers application by sending a request to the IRCC.

The IRCC has requested candidates to write a particular sentence in the enquiry section of the web form to qualify for the quick process. This makes it easier to identify qualified applications.

The sentence in the web form should be written as:

“COVID-19 FILM & TV INDUSTRY – Requesting priority processing for film and TV industry workers due to COVID-19”.

IRCC states that it could take as long as five days to identify and analyze the applications and that the 14-day standard processing period begins immediately after the request is identified.

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