What do Jim Carrey, Bryan Adams, Ryan Reynolds, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette have in common? They all come from the maple leaf country of Canada. Canada is full of surprises, including their talented actors, who made it huge in Hollywood.
Canada wants to expand its horizons in the entertainment industry. However, burdensome procedures will not draw people in the entertainment industry to in Canada. Hench, the government decided to provide special avenues for the entertainment industry, to reduce paperwork.
There are three visa options to enter Canada for individuals in the entertainment industry.
Business Visitor Visa is applicable for non-Canadians in the entertainment industry if they belong to either or both of these categories:
- Film producers who work for foreign companies planning to film commercially
- Important people pertaining to the shoot on a short visit of less than two weeks for commercial films with international funding
LMIA-Exempt Work Permit
To qualify for a LMIA-exempt work permit, the eligibility criteria depend on:
- The individual’s role in the production
- The kind of production – any TV or film production (not restricted to commercial shoots)
This option involves paperwork as required by Canada Immigration.
LMIA Work Permit
The last resort is LMIA work permit. The disadvantage of the LMIA work permit requires advertising in Canadian classifieds and hiring Canadian labor before employing foreign nationals. However, this option exempts advertising requirements and only the employer needs to pay the processing fee of $1000.
Canada always goes that extra mile to ensure that everyone is satisfied with their processes. In turn, they have become the most desired country for immigration.