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Labour Market Impact Assessment

LMIA is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.

A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.

Types of LMIA Applications

  • Low-Wage LMIA: If the salary offered to a foreign worker is below a provincial or territorial median hourly wage. 

  • High-Wage LMIA: The wage offered to a temporary worker like business owners is at or higher than a provincial or territorial median hourly wage.

  • Dual Intent LMIA: It has two purposes: support PR and work permit applications at the same time

  • LMIA to Support a Permanent Residency (PR) Visa Application: Only for high-wage jobs under Skill Type and Level A and B in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

If the employer needs an LMIA, they must apply for one

Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit.

To apply for a work permit, a worker needs

LMIA Process

  1. Foreign workers can find an employer who can support an LMIA, or an employer can contact us to apply for an LMIA

  2. Based on the occupation, required wage, and select the appropriate LMIA category

  3. Prepare job posting for 4 weeks with recruitment effort

  4. Complete the LMIA application, including forms, proofs, and all supporting documents and submit them to Service Canada with payment

  5. Employer may participate in phone interview with Service Canada officer

  6. Receive the LMIA decision in 1-2 weeks after the interview

  7. Provide a foreign worker with a copy of the LMIA decision to apply for a work permit

PJ Canada Immigration Consulting can assist to apply for a LMIA application on behalf of a local business owner in Canada. We can also recruit foreign workers from outside Canada and fill your business labour shortages. We are committed to work legally and ethically by protecting our business owners and foreign workers in Canada.

For more inquires, please contact PJ Canada Immigration Consulting.

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