Labour Market Impact Assessment

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What is Labour Market
Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment is an official permit or a document that empowers the Canadian employer to hire a skilled foreign worker legally into their company or business. A positive LMIA determines a strong need for a skilled foreign worker to fill the vacancy. Furthermore, it also denotes that no other Canadian worker or Canada PR Visa Holder is available or capable of doing that job. Therefore, Canadian Employers would need a positive LMIA to hire skilled workers overseas.

What is the process to get an LMIA?

Employer must acquire a positive LMIA from ESDC on behalf of the candidate to work in Canada. The LMIA application process differs from the type of program you are hiring for.

The candidate must follow the below process to achieve a positive LMIA:

What are the minimum eligibility requirements?

To apply for Work Permit, Workers needs:

Frequently Asked Questions

An employer in Canada may need to get a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring temporary foreign workers. The LMIA will show that there is an available job and no Canadian citizen or permanent resident can fill it.

A processing fee of CDN $1,000 applies to each Labour Market Impact Assessment application

Yes in some cases it can be extremely difficult

LMIA processing time can be unpredictable, ranging from a couple of weeks to few months. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has pledged that they will process certain LMIA applications in 10 business days.

A positive LMIA will be issued by Service Canada if an assessment indicates that hiring a temporary foreign worker (TFW) in your company, or any TFW for that matter, is going to have a positive impact on the Canadian labour market. As long as you apply and receive one of these statuses before employing someone from abroad, they should pose no problems whatsoever!

The International Mobility Program allows you to hire a temporary worker without a LMIA

Are their any restrictions with hiring foreign workers amidst Coronavirus crisis in Canada?

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