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
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 labor market. As long as you apply and receive one of these statuses before employing someone from abroad, they should pose no problems whatsoever!
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