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LMIA is a document that an employer in Canada may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker. This document serves as proof that the employer is allowed to hire the foreign worker as no permanent resident or Canadian citizen is ready or able to fill a specific position. The LMIA document is  issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It helps ESDC to assess the impact of hiring a foreign national in Canada. 

LMIA applications are detailed. They require lots of documentation and statistical tabulation. Once ESDC processes the LMIA application, it issues either a positive or a negative LMIA. A positive LMIA indicates that the employer is allowed to hire a foreign national to fill a position. A negative LMIA indicates that the employer needs to fill the position by hiring a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. At Dastur Immigration Services, we help employers in Canada to file and complete the LMIA application process quickly and in a hassle-free way. 

How Does the LMIA Application Process Works?

  • Our LMIA application experts work with you to understand the requirements, wage-specific criteria, and other documents needed to get it done.
  • We help you find out the median hourly wages of their province or territory to determine whether their job position is considered high-wage or low-wage.
  • We help you prepare documents that prove you have a legitimate Canadian business.
  • We provide guidance on the recruitment efforts as ESDC checks if you have made substantial efforts to recruit Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • We assist you in preparing and documenting standards of workplace health and safety as foreign nationals should be provided with the same health and safety benefits as Canadians in the same position.
  • Our specialists help you prepare and submit a transition plan for how they intend to address the need to hire a foreign worker.

Frequently Ask Questions

The province of Quebec maintains autonomy over its immigration policies and procedures. It has different policies around hiring foreign workers. The  facilitated LMIA process in Quebec allows employers to apply for LMIA without showing any proof that they made efforts to hire a Canadian citizen. For more information, contact our LMIA experts.

A positive LMIA means you can proceed with hiring a foreign national. It remains valid for 6 months. The employer needs to notify the foreign worker and ask them to apply for permanent residence or work permit.

If a business is located outside of Quebec and meets these criteria, it can qualify for expedited processing. If the employer is offering the highest wage positions or short-term positions (120 days or less), paying median provincial/territorial wage for the position or looking for Express Entry for the candidate, then the company can get the LMIA application processed faster. To know more, contact our specialist.

Yes, there are specialized streams for employers wishing to obtain LMIAs for in-home caregivers, agricultural workers, and foreign academics. The LMIA process is different when employers in the province of Quebec want to hire foreign nationals.

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