Canada speeds visa for foreign TV and film workers to two weeks. - Canada Visa & Immigration
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Canada speeds visa for foreign TV and film workers to two weeks.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a process to speed up visa applications for foreign TV and film workers in the film and television industry entering Canada from outside the United States, or those entering from the United States who require a temporary resident visa (TRV). Foreign TV and film workers will be eligible for priority processing.

Where operationally possible, IRCC offices are encouraged to prioritize foreign TV and film workers permit applications for eligible applicants within the 14-day priority service standard that has been established.

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Measures in place for foreign nationals in the film and television industry

Though COVID-19 has posed challenges, IRCC remains committed to facilitating travel and maintaining high standards of client service while protecting the health and safety of Canadians. As part of this commitment, workers in the film and television industry entering Canada from outside the United States, or those entering from the United States who require a TRV, are eligible for priority processing.

Where operationally possible, offices are encouraged to prioritize these work permit applications for eligible applicants within the 14-day priority service standard that has been established.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

To be eligible for priority processing, foreign nationals must

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  • submit an initial work permit application online to work within the film and television industry,
  • apply from outside Canada and the United States, or apply from the United States and require a TRV, and
  • self-identify as a film and television industry worker after submitting their work permit application by sending a request via the IRCC Web form.

Foreign nationals should write exactly the following (along with any other pertinent information) in the “Your enquiry” section of their Web form request in order for the Client Experience Branch to identify requests and distribute them to the appropriate office for priority processing:

“COVID-19 FILM & TV INDUSTRY – Requesting priority processing for Film & TV Industry workers due to COVID-19”

Identifying requests that are eligible for priority processing may require an estimated 5 days to complete. As such, expedited processing timelines will only begin once the applicant has received confirmation that their application has been identified for priority processing.

In a nutshell, TV and film workers who need TRVs can get their work permits processed in two weeks. NOTE: workers will still need to quarantine , for 14 days after being granted entry to Canada.

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Eligibility for visa for foreign TV and film workers

Foreign seeking visa for foreign TV and film workers must meet the following criteria to be eligible for priority processing:

  • submit an initial work permit application online to work within the TV and film industry;
  • apply from outside Canada and the U.S., or be in the U.S. but require a TRV; and
  • self-identify as a television and film industry worker after submitting the work permit application by sending a request via the IRCC Web form.

See also Program delivery update: COVID-19 – Work permit: Film and television industry.


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

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