Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) - Work Permit
The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) - Work Permit is a program under Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program that allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers by obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Once approved, the foreign worker may apply for their Canadian work permit.
Are you looking to hire or retain employees in Canada that are foreign nationals?
Most Canadian employers must receive approval from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before they can hire a foreign national. This application is called the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Employers typically need to meet a set of requirements, show significant efforts in trying to recruit Canadians for the position and attend an interview with an ESDC officer.
We recommend employers to hire a professional in their LMIA application, so that they comply with requirements on recruitment efforts and get necessary training for their interview. Employers should also start the application process early, as it may take up to 5 months for the Canadian government to approve the LMIA application.
To start the process, business owners will need to decide if the position they are hiring for falls under the Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) Stream for Low-Wage Positions or Stream for High-Wage Positions:
If you are offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker that is
At or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, the application will be under the Stream for High-Wage Positions
Below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, the application will be under the Stream for Low-Wage Positions
However, before hiring a temporary foreign worker (TFW), the employer must try to hire Canadians and permanent residents.
Please note that:
- This LMIA application can also be used to support a permanent residence application.
- The employer is always required to pay government processing fee for this LMIA application.
- Employer may use the LMIA to hire one or more foreign workers under the same job title.
- Quick and easy online application
- Preparation of submission package
- Expert review and representation
- $1 million in insurance
- Secure encrypted document storage
How It Works
- 1Create An Account
Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.
- 2Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment
First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.
- 3Complete Your Application Online
You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.
- 4Visa Preparation and Submission
Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with an accurate application.
- 5Approval and Renewals
We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.
Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.
- Ability to fulfill terms of the job offer
- CV (résumé) of intended employee
- LMIA Transition Plan
- PNP Experience
- Proof of Address
- Proof of Costal Trade
- Proof of Providing a Good or Service