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Are you a skilled worker looking to acquire a work permit and are unsure where to begin or what the process entails? The Canadian government believes foreign workers can help employers meet labour needs when Canadians and permanent residents are unavailable. To find out more, keep reading!

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document Canadian employers may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker. Positive LMIAs must exhibit the need for a foreign worker and show that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to perform the job. Once an employer receives an LMIA, foreign workers can apply for a work permit. To apply for a work permit, a worker needs the following:
  • Job offer letter
  • Contract
  • Copy of LMIA
  • LMIA number

LMIA and Express Entry

More often than not, a valid job offer must be supported by an LMIA. To be considered “valid,” the position must be:
  • Full-time and non-seasonal
  • At least a year in length
  • In a skilled job listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B
A job offer must be in writing and has to include details such as:
  • Pay and benefits
  • Job duties
  • Conditions of employment (e.g. hours of work)
A job offer is not valid if your employer is:
  • An embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada
  • On the list of ineligible employers
Under Express Entry, a valid job offer will earn you additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) if you include the LMIA number when creating your profile. It is important to note that a work permit on its own is not a job offer, even if it is an open permit.

Dual Intent Labour Market Impact Assessment

Employers may want to hire a foreign national in the interim while the IRCC is processing their application for permanent residence. Dual intent LMIAs are used to support a foreign worker’s permanent residence and temporary work permit applications. Applicants with a dual intent LMIA will receive 50-200 CRS points depending on the job’s National Occupational Code (NOC).
If you have questions about the Labour Market Impact Assessment, contact David Akinmoluwa on WhatsApp at +1-587-974-8942 or via email at info@crestimmigration.ca.
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