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Labour Market Impact Assessment

LMIA is a document that many Canadian employers must obtain before hiring a foreign worker unless the applicant falls under one of the LMIA exemptions. For many applicants, the LMIA may be the only option to apply for a work permit in Canada.

Overview

An LMIA's main purpose is to confirm a lack of qualified local workers in a specific occupation and location. Your employer must show efforts to hire locally before a positive LMIA can be granted. Obtaining a positive LMIA can boost your chances of permanent residency in Canada, awarding additional Express Entry 50 or 200 points based on the job's National Occupational Classification (NOC) level.

Eligibility

To succeed, you must meet all ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) requirements, including a four-week recruitment effort, competitive wages, and avoiding any negative labour dispute impact. Your employer might be new to the LMIA process, so don't rely solely on their knowledge. We recommend starting the LMIA process well in advance.

Important facts about LMIA:

  • Employers must pay $1000 fee for each LMIA requested.
  • Wages offered to worker should be similar to wages paid to Canadian and permanent resident employees hired for the same job and work location and with similar skills and years of experience.
  • Jobs are divided into two categories – high-wage, where salary meets or exceeds the median wage in the province, and low-wage, where salary is below the median wage in the province.
  • The duration of work permits based on positive LMIA is limited to a maximum of two years for all low-wage positions and a maximum of three years for high-wage positions.
  • Selected occupations are eligible for 10-day processing times.
  • Candidates with a valid job offer in an NOC TEER 0 are awarded an additional 200 points, and candidates with a valid job offer in an NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3 occupations are awarded an additional 50 points.

We routinely submit LMIA applications and possess a comprehensive understanding of the requisites for securing a positive LMIA. Given the frequent updates of LMIA requirements, the risk of inadvertent application errors is palpable. We have cultivated an in-depth familiarity with the prevailing LMIA rules and regulations, which we adeptly employ to optimize the likelihood of a favourable determination in your case.

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Are you wondering which immigration stream is the most suitable for you? Are you a student or visitor in Canada and unsure how to get a work permit instead? Schedule a consultation and find out!

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Book a Consultation

Are you wondering which immigration stream is the most suitable for you? Are you a student or visitor in Canada and unsure how to get a work permit instead? Schedule a consultation and find out!

We offer consultation services from $150.