LMIA

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IF YOU PLAN TO WORK FOR A DESIGNATED EMPLOYER 

LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is a confirmation document which Canada bureau of labors should certify when an employer needs to recruit a foreign employee.


Positive LMIA shows the market needs a foreign employee when there isn’t any Canadian citizen suitable for that job.


When the Bureau of labors certifies the positive LMIA, the employee can apply for the work permit.


Employees  need to meet these requirements to get the work permit:


- Job offer letter
- Job contract 
- A copy of LMIA 
- LMIA number

WHAT'S THE PROCEDURE?

 
  • Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works closely with Employment and Social Development Canada to administer the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which seeks to help Canadian employers access foreign labour to fill critical skill and labour gaps where there is a shortage of Canadian labour.

  • The labour market impact assessment – a key element of the Program, that is led by Employment and Social Development Canada

  • In practice, the labour market impact assessment means that employers need to demonstrate that they have made reasonable efforts to recruit and hire Canadian workers prior to seeking to hire foreign nationals through the Program.

  • IRCC is responsible for issuing work permits to these workers, thereby ensuring that they are only hired to fill labour market gaps for which Canadian labour is not available.

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