The International Mobility Program (IMP) is an umbrella program that allows Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers without applying and obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Such work permits can be either open or closed, depending on the specific program and stream. IMP work permits can be issued for individuals who fall into regulations of free trade agreements signed by Canada, several categories of Entrepreneurs or Self-Employed Persons, Exchange Academics, spouses of skilled workers and international students, Intra-Company Transfers and some other categories. In total, Canada issued 243,250 work permits in the International Mobility Program in 2020, 62,710 work permits less compared to 2019. The main reason for a decrease in 2020 is COVID-19. In January 2021, IRCC already issued 31,700 work permits under the IMP.