What is an LMIA?

An employer wanting to hire a foreign worker need to get a document called LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment). A positive LMIA shows the need of a foreign worker to fill the job in Canadian labor market. It will also say that no Canadian worker (a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) is available to do the job. If the employer requires an LMIA to hire a temporary foreign worker, they must apply and pay for one. If an employer gets a positive LMIA from ESDC, the international worker can apply for a work permit. To apply for a work permit, a worker needs:

a job offer letter,

a contract,

a copy of the LMIA, and

the LMIA number.

How does the LMIA process work?

In most cases, provided that a Canadian employer would wish to employ a temporary foreign worker (TFW) to work in Canada, such employer must tender a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. The major purpose of the LMIA is to evaluate the possible effect of hiring the TFW into a Canadian labor market. If the response of the LMIA is positive, then the TFW can request Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a work permit/ work visa.

How easy to get an LMIA?

The LMIA process is initiated when an employer provides a TFW a job offer since there is no suitable Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position. The requirements for obtaining a positive LMIA are tedious and the employer must be ready to adhere with all the terms set forth by the ESDC/Service Canada. Employers should also be ready to provide answers to questions about the process of recruitment; if the job offer is real and if they were denied a LMIA previously, the impact it makes to Canadian labor market. The LMIA was earlier known as a Labor Market Opinion (LMO). TFWs should also be ready to provide IRCC to show that they have the required qualifications for the position that is offered to them.

How to get LMIA for Express Entry

There are some skilled foreign workers that are professionally qualified to access Express Entry for immigrating to Canada. A Labor Market Impact Assessment, or LMIA supported job offer can only bring you enough points to receive an ITA in Express Entry. This process must be done by a Canadian employer who considers a foreign worker desirable due to the fact that there is no available Canadian worker to fill the work force.

This Multi-staged process is an essential part of the complex Canada immigration process. To further complicate the process a potential employer may not have required experience and knowledge of performing majority of these steps which are needed to complete the LMIA application process. That’s why the applicants need to consult an ICCRC authorized knowledgeable Canadian immigration consultant for representing you to ESDC and IRCC. Sometimes, potential TFW may rely on their employer to commence work for an LMIA. CIIS’s knowledgeable LMIA expert consultant understands how this process is being done for both the employer and applicant. CIIS’s ICCRC licensed immigrationconsultant will make sure that the applicant is aware of the rigorous process before an LMIA can be issued. Without the help of an ICCRC authorized expert Immigration consultant, the process of the application can be frustrating and may end up in failure.

Why use a licensed Canadian immigration professional for obtaining a LMIA?

There are many stages involved in getting a positive LMIA from ESDC and a work permit from the IRCC for the TFW. Abusing the program is not accepted and the TFW as well as the employer has their own different duties. Our professionals can assist employers through the process of LMIA or help the TFW in obtaining a work permit. We have lots of experience during our work with various employers that operate globally, nationally and locally. At the same time, we have worked with numerous TFWs at all stages of their immigration to Canada as Temporary Foreign Worker.