How to Get Film and TV Production Work Permits in Canada?

Television and film-producing companies can allow workers or bring workers to immigrate to Canada under the TV and Film production work permit category. The companies can show that the foreign worker’s contribution is crucial to production.

The candidate can be entitled to a three-week processing period if they apply for a work visa online and are employed in the TV or film industries. The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement is not applicable to work permits issued under the TV and Film Production Work Permit Category. If the work will benefit Canada’s culture, society, or economy, work permits might not need an LMIA. Therefore, with no LMIA requirement existing, foreign workers must follow all other provisions regarding temporary work in Canada, including obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa, if applicable.

In order to demonstrate their eligibility for a work permit under this category, Temporary Resident Visa applicants must submit supporting evidence. The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • The name and contact information for the production
  • The name of the work permit applicant for the production
  • The province(s) in Canada in which the production will take place and the proposed dates of production
  • The working title of the production
  • A statement confirming that the individual and position are essential to that specific TV or film production
  • Details of the significant economic benefit to Canada of TV or film production

Business Visitors in the Entertainment Industry

You might be eligible to enter as a business visitor if you work in the entertainment sector. You might not require a work permit as a business visitor depending on the type and length of your job in Canada. In the entertainment sector, three sorts of workers would often be considered business visitors:

  • Film Producers who are working on a movie, TV show, or documentary that is foreign-financed.
  • Essential Personal working on a foreign-financed commercial shoot.
  • An artist performing at a show, a concert, or a festival, or perhaps appearing on a Canadian TV series or film.

Austin Campbell

Austin has been quite active in the immigration arena since 2010. He has authored over 250 immigration publications, given over 70 presentations, and organized numerous events featuring federal and provincial immigration ministers and leaders from other sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Durham University.
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