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A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that a Canadian employer may require before hiring a foreign worker. A positive LMIA will demonstrate the need for a foreign worker to fill the position. It will also demonstrate that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available for the position. A positive LMIA is also known as a confirmation letter.
If an LMIA is required, the employer must apply for one.
Once the LMIA is obtained by the employer, the worker can apply for a work permit.
A worker must first apply for a work permit.
Before a temporary worker can apply for a work permit, employers must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An LMIA is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada that allows an employer to hire a temporary worker.
Most employers require an LMIA before hiring a temporary foreign worker. Before you begin the hiring process, you must determine whether you require an LMIA.
An LMIA confirms:
Do one of the following to see if you and the temporary foreign worker you want to hire are exempt from the need for an LMIA or work permit:
Book a Consultation to assess your Credentials to find out if you are eligible to Apply LMIA?
It takes up to 10 minutes to initiate your LMIA application through an LMIA Online Portal. The application and supporting documents can take hours to prepare. LMIA is a high-tech application.
Depending on the stream you choose, the processing time for your application can range from 10 days (Global Talent Stream) to 60 days (Low Wage Stream).
The general rule of thumb is that the occupations with the highest demand, highest pay, and shortest duration (the so-called “skilled trades”) are usually processed as quickly as possible. In contrast, applications to hire low-wage, long-term workers are processed more slowly.
Each temporary foreign worker must pay a $1000 processing fee. The only exceptions are when families apply for a carer to care for someone who has medical needs or when the family income is less than $150,000.
Work permits are typically issued for a period of no more than two years. Depending on the length of validity of the passport and the type of LMIA. Work permits issued under NAFTA or GATS, for example, are typically valid for 12 months. The total length of stay for executives and top managers cannot exceed 7 years.
Employers must demonstrate that they are actively conducting business in order to apply for an LMIA in Edmonton. Furthermore, the employer must meet the following requirements: