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LMIA Based Work Permits

Generally, foreign workers and employers should go through a two-step process in order to receive a Canadian work permit. First, the employer must submit an application to ESDC for a Labor Market Impact Assessment, followed by a second application by the worker to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the actual work permit. The LMIA is issued by ESDC who, after considering numerous protective labour market factors, authorizes the Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker.

ESDC is dedicated to a 10 business day service standard for certain LMIA applications.  The 10 day processing is available for high-demand jobs and jobs with a short duration of work permit. The following categories require an LMIA:

 

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Owner/Operator LMIA

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