LMIA Work Permit – Labour Market Impact Assessment Based Work Permit
As a foreign national, before you can start working for a Canadian employer, you will need the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and a temporary work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that a Canadian employer needs to get from HRSDC Dept before a foreign worker can be hired.
The LMIA will serve as a labour market verification that permits an employer to employ a temporary worker. It is designed for the adequate protection of domestic job marketplace in Canada. It will also help in protecting foreign workers employed in Canada temporarily.
Who Can Apply?
Employers of temporary workers will obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment from HRSDC department takes approximately 4-5 months. Then the worker can apply for a work permit from his or her own country. The LMIA will serve as a proof that, in the event that the employer hires the foreign worker, there will be a positive or neutral contribution to the Canadian labour market. The Labour Market Impact Assessment document has since replaced the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process as of June 2014.
Requirements for LMIA Work Permit
However, it is important that Canadian employers are aware of the basic requirement, advertisement efforts, wages, and exclusions to the advertising requirements. The application steps are as follows:
- Step 1: Employer applies for Labour Market Impact Assessment.
- Step 2: Employer extends Temporary Job Offer.
- Step 3: Foreign Worker applies for Work Permit.
- Step 4: Work Permit is issued.
In addition to that, all employers who need to hire a foreign worker will be required to pay a processing fee of $1,000 CDN. The employer will also pay a privilege fee of $100 CDN. The job vacancy must be advertised on the Canadian job market for about four weeks prior to the LMIA application. PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE NOT A RECRUITING AGENCY. THUS, WE DO NOT ASSISTING IN FINDING JOB OFFERS. ALSO, WE DO NOT HELP FOREIGN EMPLOYEE TO FIND EMPLOYER.
LMIA exemptions are given to private entrepreneurs and business owners who will like to come to Canada temporarily with the intention to operate or start a business. The applicant must be the owner of the business. They will also be required to show how their business can be beneficial to Canada’s economy.
As an entrepreneur, you will only be granted the LMIA-exempt work permit provided that you can show that your work in Canada is only for a short period. Owners of seasonal business can take advantage of this category. Entrepreneurs that have previously applied for Canadian permanent residence also qualify for LMIA-exempt work permits under this category.
Furthermore, Intra-Company Transferees are also granted an LMIA exemption to transfer to Canada temporarily. Transferees can include company executives, business managers, or specialized knowledge workers. They must be working for a foreign company that has a qualifying relationship with the Canadian company.
Dependents of Foreign Workers
Dependents of Foreign Workers, including their spouses and children, that hold a Canadian work permit for a skilled or professional position may not need an LMIA. However, spouses of an employee in an International Exchange Program are exempted from this.
French-Speaking Skilled Workers
Foreign nationals that have been employed through a francophone immigration promotional event organized by the federal government in conjunction with Francophone minority communities, and will be living in a territory or province bar Quebec, are eligible to work in Canada through Mobility Francophone.
However, they must be qualified under a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B,
- Academics: Academics such as guest lecturers, researchers, and visiting professors, can also apply for LMIA-exempt work permit.
- Provincial LMIA Exemptions: Employees that are nominated by a province or territory for permanent residence and have secured and employment opportunity in the territory or province can apply for LMIA-exempt work permit.
Processing Time for LMIA
It usually takes up to 3-4 Months for your LMIA application to be processed. and Then another time for a foreign worker to obtain to get their work permit before they come to Canada and start their work.
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