Labour-Market-Impact-Assessement-LMIA.jpgIn most cases, you need to have a Job offer or an LMIA to apply for Canadian work permit. LMIA is a document that acts as a proof that there will be a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labour market if an employer hires a foreign worker.

Getting a work permit is a two-step process.
Step 1: The first step to get a Canadian work permit is applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

For this, the Canadian employer is required to prove that they have taken every possible step to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, but didn’t find anyone eligible to be hired.

Step 2: After a positive LMIA has been issued, the applicant can apply for a Canadian work permit.

Requirements to Apply For An LMIA

  • A valid job offer for employment that can’t be fulfilled by a Canadian citizen.
  • Employer must comply with all conditions imposed by the ESDC.
  • Employer must be prepared to answer questions about the recruitment process.
  • Foreign worker must provide proof of qualification for the position being offered.

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