For those looking to gain a work permit to enter Canada and finally start working, the bad news is that a work permit alone is not enough. This is why the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is needed as a permit application support to help you secure your job in the country. It does this by proving that no Canadian workers around can perform the job you have applied for. Essentially, the LMIA proves that your skills are needed, allowing you to secure the position!
That said, here is what you need to know about LMIA to properly use it to secure your job in Canada:
Do you need the LMIA?
In most cases, yes, you will need the LMIA to get hired. More specifically, your employer needs to obtain it to hire you! However, not all jobs require it, and later in this article, we’ll talk about what jobs are exempted from the LMIA.
What is the LMIA process like?
There are two major steps to the LMIA process.
The first step is for an employer to offer a job to a foreign individual. Such a job needs to be proven unfillable by a Canadian worker, and the position should be offered informally. Only after those two requirements are satisfied can the next step be started.
The second step is the LMIA process itself. The employer uses the LMIA to show that they have been unable to fill the position with a Canadian worker and are now trying to look for foreign workers. This process can take about four months to complete. As part of the application, the Canadian employer must show tangible proof of at least four weeks of effort trying to get a Canadian worker, but has failed to do so. Once this is proven, and a positive LMIA is secured, then they can proceed with the work permit application.
What jobs are exempt from LMIA?
As mentioned earlier, not all jobs require the LMIA. For instance, positions that are covered by an international agreement do not require the LMIA, and the same can be said about projects that are covered between Canada and another province.
Finally, positions that fall under Canadian interests are also exempted from LMIA. For instance, Canada is looking for talented workers around the world to help grow their cultural, economic, and social status, and if the employer can prove that you bring any of the three benefits, you are exempted from the LMIA. Another way LMIA is exempted under the same reason is that workers are transferred from one country to another in the same company (intra-company transfers).
Apart from cultural, economic, and social benefits, any other reasons such as a designation by the minister, charity, religious work, reciprocal employment, and the likes are other reasons workers can be exempted from the LMIA.
Put simply, carefully talk to your employer about LMIA, and discuss what has to be done to successfully get hired. This is important because LMIA takes quite a while to process.
If you require a job quickly, then ensure that you either go through the process as quickly as possible or figure out if you are exempt to help you start working as soon as possible. If you are having problems on your end looking for LMIA-exempt job positions or have any LMIA-related issues at all, do not be afraid to reach out to the professionals! They can help you understand more about what LMIA is all about and help you successfully secure your job in Canada to start a new life!
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