Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

A LMIA is a labour market confirmation process whereby Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) evaluates a proposal of employment to ensure that the work of a foreign laborer won’t have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. Employers will be needed to give a variety of data about the situation for which they need to enlist a foreign worker, including the quantity of Canadians who went after the job, the quantity of Canadians who were interviewed, and detailed clarifications for why the Canadian laborers considered were not recruited.

Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit.

To apply for a work permit, a laborer needs :

  • A Copy of LMIA
  • LMIA number
  • Job Offer Letter
  • A Contract

LMIA Validity and Duration of Employment

After getting a positive LMIA, a temporary foreign worker has 6 months to use it to apply for a work permit. Otherwise he/she will not permit for work. No extension will be given after 6 months. If this 6 month period expires and the foreign worker does not apply for a work permit application, a new LMIA application will be required for work permit.

There are three options relating to the duration of employment for LMIA :

  1. Temporary duration to support a work permit application only.
  2. Permanent duration to support a permanent citizenship application. Work permit given under the permanent duration LMIA will be issued for maximum two years, provided the candidate meets the requirements set out in the LMIA. The work permit will not be extended after that regardless of whether or not a permanent residence application is in process.
  3. A combined temporary and permanent duration to support both a work permit and permanent residence application.

Arranged Employment Offer

Arranged Employment refers to have a substantial proposition for employment from a Canadian employer and the work is verified by the ESDC marking qualification for the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program in Express Entry permanent migration.

Arranged work means 15 points on FSW choice grid rules. Also, the Arranged Employment Offer counts 50 points for NOC O, A or B and 200 focuses for NOC OO on the CRS score. The applications with arranged business are handled within a half year by IRCC.

The TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS PROGRAM depends on the cooperation of three key departments, usually for the following activities :

  • ESDC, for conducting employer compliance testimonials and determining labour market impact assessments.
  • IRCC, for processing applications
  • CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency), for conducting port-of-entry examinations and admitting foreign nationals.

If you are an employer and you have an issue regarding this. You may take advantage of the Temporary Foreign Workers program. Please Contact us.

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