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What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

A 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.

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

Requirements for LMIA Based Work Permits:

Typically, foreign workers and employers must undergo a two-step process to obtain a Work Permit in Canada. The applicant must apply to ESDC first for a Labor Market Impact Assessment. A second application should be addressed to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the actual work permit. ESDC issues the LMIA, which permits the Canadian employer to employ a foreign worker after considering multiple protective labor market factors.

It was announced in July 2014 that work permits for foreign workers who require an LMIA would only be granted for one year for all low-wage occupations.

To apply for a Work Permit Canada, a worker would need to have
  • A job offer letter
  • A contract
  • A copy of the LMIA, and
  • The LMIA number

You can easily obtain LMIA by contacting a Canadian recruitment agency in Oman. Need Help with Your LMIA Application? Here You Go! We know applying for LMIA in Canada can be tricky and confusing. SDWS has been helping clients complete their LMIA applications with ease.