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LMIA: Labour Market Impact Assessment
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that employers in Canada must have before they can hire any foreign worker. A positive LMIA means that you can hire a foreign worker and negative means that you must hire some Canadian. While it is required for Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers but there are numerous exemptions to the LMIA requirements.
Canadian employers who are hiring foreign workers, first need to get the position accessed and approved by ESDC. It is mandatory. For a positive LMIA, there is a number of documents required that need to be submitted by the organization and need to qualify before they can get it. Some examples of required documents include:
- Show that there is a shortage of skilled labour
- Sufficient effort for hiring a Canadian on that position
- Financial ability to pay the wages of foreign worker
- Other concerning factors
The connection between LMIA and Work Permit:
For hiring any foreign worker, LMIA is essential. Once they get a positive LMIA, workers can apply for a work permit. To apply for the work permit, the worker needs the following:
- Job offer letter
- Employment Contract copy
- Copy of LMIA document
- LMIA Number
But one must know that having an LMIA does not guarantee the grant of a work permit. A work permit is approved and issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) at the corresponding Visa Office or local case processing centre in Canada if the applicant is currently present in Canada. The work permit application is evaluated on different parameters like:
- Education/Work experience, Language skills, and other requirements
- Proof that worker will return back to their home country
- Other factors
How can we assist?
When it comes to LMIA, most of the clients have complained about the requirements and complexity of the process. At Growing Pathways Immigrations, we provide specialized and personalized LMIA application services for businesses. We help them prepare an expert application and submit it to the ESDC . We help them gather the required documents so a positive LMIA is assured.
If your company wants to apply for LMIA and needs assistance, feel free to contact us. We will provide you all the details regarding hiring foreign workers and the LMIA process.