The French Mobility, or Mobilité Francophone, provides Canadian employers with a faster process for hiring foreign nationals. The purpose was to promote francophone immigration in the francophone minority communities.
French Mobility Program: Which workers are eligible?
Under the French Mobility Program, the following conditions must be met:
● The applicant will live and work outside the province of Quebec.
● The applicant uses French as a habitual language on a daily basis.
○ Assessment of an applicant's language ability is at the Visa Officer's discretion.
○ If it is not clear in the initial application that the applicant has the requisite proficiency in French, the Test d'Evaluation Du Français (TEF) may be required. In this case, a result of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or higher is the threshold that must be met by the applicant.
Hiring French-speaking or bilingual workers
Canadian employers interested in recruiting through the French Mobility Program should take note of the following:
● The employer must submit an offer of employment before a work permit application is made. Offers of employment made under the International Mobility Program are submitted through the Employer Portal.
● The job offer made to the foreign worker must be for a skilled position. Canada's National Occupational Classification (NOC) system for classifying different occupations lists skilled work as level 0, A or B.
○ Skill level 0: Management jobs.
○ Skill level A: Professional jobs. Workers typically need a university degree in order to be hired for these jobs.
○ Skill level B: Technical jobs and skilled trades. Workers typically need a college diploma or apprentice training to be hired for these jobs.
● The offer of employment does not have to require French language ability under the job description. However, the worker must have French language ability (see the section above to learn more).
● An employer compliance fee of $230 is required for each job offer made through the Employer Portal. Once this has been paid, the job offer number may then be transmitted to the applicant (foreign worker), who submits the work permit application.
● Visa Officers may issue an LMIA-exempt work permit that is valid for the duration of the offer of employment, or until the expiry of the travel document, whichever is earlier.
● IRCC aims to maintain quick processing standards. The processing time for the Paris Visa Office, for example, is approximately one month.