A positive LMIA is required by the foreign nationals looking to work in Canada.
A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which confirms that job in question couldn’t be filled by a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, therefore, arising the demand to hire a foreign national.
LMIA application should demonstrate the following: –
The processing time for a LMIA depends upon the category in which the targeted employee is classified. Standard processing time for LMIA approval is three to four months. However, ESDC has identified some categories of LMIA application which may be processed within 10 business days. Those categories are: –
Once a positive LMIA is issued, the applicant must apply for the work permit within 6 months. If expired, a new LMIA needs to be applied.
A positive LMIA is also one of the most useful tools for meeting the criteria under the Federal skilled worker stream of the Canadian Express Entry Program. It helps in improving Comprehensive score rating CRS by 200 points for a potential foreign employee under NOC00 and will add up to 50 points in NOC’s O, A or B category.