Overseas performers seek liberal work visa rules for entering Canada

April 08, 2015
International artists absolved from holding work permit visas for Canada

The government of Canada brought forth rules on 20 June, 2014 concerning musicians and various artists who arrive in Canada for performing here. Such individuals are now set free from the need to hold a work permit from the CIC. Earlier, the employers and promoters in Canada who wanted to bring overseas performers in the country were required to undergo LMIA or Labor Market Impact Assessment from Canada’s Employment and Social Development.

These entertainers performing in venues like restaurants and bars selling food and drinks needed an LMIA before they could apply for a work visa. Under the regulatory changes, the foreign artists who perform in Canada for a specified duration of time will be treated consistently regardless of the venue where they perform. According to the present guidelines, all international performers including musicians, theatrical artists, along with their troupes and bands are now exempt from a work permit. In a nutshell, these artists can now do away with long waiting hours for obtaining a work permit.

The move has come as good news to performers in Canada. According to a Canadian citizen, this development should be adopted by all those countries give importance to culture and the arts. Zimbabwe should also make a similar rule in order to promote the arts.

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