Are you interested in working abroad in the United States? The International Mobility Program (IMP) is a program that allows you to work in the United States for up to three years. For both employees and employers, IMP can be an excellent opportunity to access multiple sources of talent and expand their skills and experience working abroad. Mobility Program
In this blog post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the International Mobility Program, including who is eligible, how to apply, and what the benefits are. So, whether you’re an employee or employer looking to expand your horizons, keep reading to learn more about the International Mobility Program.
What is the International Mobility Program?
The International Mobility Program (IMP) is a program that makes it easier for individuals from other countries to work in the United States or Canada.
The program is designed to promote economic growth and competitiveness by allowing Canadian and American employers to hire qualified foreign workers where there are no Canadians or Americans available.
The International Mobility Program, or IMP, offers foreign workers a fast track to obtaining work permits. This program allows them to gain essential skills and experience working in another country—opportunities not always available elsewhere.
How does the International Mobility Program work?
The International Mobility Program works by allowing companies to hire foreign nationals as employees. The Program is a bilateral agreement between the company and the foreign national, meaning each party has specific responsibilities and obligations.
To hire a foreign worker through the IMP, a Canadian employer must follow three steps:
- Confirm the position or worker in question qualifies for an LMIA exemption;
- Pay the employer compliance fee of CAD 230;
- Submit the official job offer through the IMP’s Employer Portal
First, the foreign national must get a labour certification; second, they must apply for an immigrant visa through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); lastly, they can begin using for work authorization directly with USCIS by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document.
LMIA-exempt workers may qualify for expedited work permit processing through the Global Skills Strategy if their position is NOC Skill Level A or 0 and they are applying outside of Canada. This designation can also apply to positions that require no more than a high school education. Still, in these cases, the applicant must have at least three years of experience working in a similar role requiring advanced knowledge of computer systems or languages.
FAQ About IMP Program
The minimum requirement for the application is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- How long does it take to process my application?
The processing time varies depending on each country and its respective embassy’s processing times. It can take up to six months or more for your application to be processed by the country you are applying in and then by our office once we receive it from them. Please note that if anything is missing in your documents or online submission, this will delay the process further because we will have to wait until all necessary information has been confirmed before proceeding with processing your file.
- Can I apply with my family?
Yes! Students with families may choose which members they wish to bring along on their exchange program with them; however, only one person per household (the student) must be selected as an IMP participant, while other family members can participate under different types of visas, such as tourist visas or student visas at local universities/colleges if available locally near where they live during their stay abroad.