; LMIA / LMO & Work Permit

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Hiring Foreign Workers (LMIA / LMO and Work Permit)

Requirements (LMIA - LMO)
Things to consider (LMIA - LMO)
The process (LMIA - LMO)
Our services (LMIA - LMO)
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Requirements (Work Permit)
The process (Work Permit)
Things to consider (Work Permit)
Our services (Work Permit)
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If you, as an employer, would like to hire foreign workers you will need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA -former LMO- and then the foreign workers will be able to apply for a work permit to work for you.


Labour Market Impact Assessment / Labour Market Opinion


Is authorization issued by the government that allows you to hire foreign workers that are in Canada or abroad. You can apply for an LMIA for one or more workers for a certain position. You can apply for an pre-approval (unnamed LMIA) or you can submit the names of the foreign workers that you want to hire.


Requirements (LMIA- LMO):

  • You must show the efforts that you have made in order to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • The wages you offer must be equal to or higher than the prevailing wage rate paid to Canadians in the specified occupation in your region.
  • The working conditions must meet provincial labour standards.
  • There is cap for the number of foreign workers that companies can hire (10% - 20%). The Cap is Exempt when you have less than 10 employees, or when the possition is truly temporary.
  • Hiring a foreign worker should benefit the Canadian labour market by creating new jobs or by transferring the skills and knowledge of said jobs.
  • A Transition Plan must be completed for some possitions.
  • You are exempt of the Government Fee when you are applying for on-farm agricultural occupations, or if you are supporting your employee´s Permanent Residence.


Things to consider (LMIA- LMO):

  • Advertisements must be complete and accurate. Failing to comply with the ad requirements is a common reason for application refusals.
  • Nowadays an LMIA is issued to hire a foreign worker for a 1 year period. However once the LMIA is issued, the foreign worker will have only 6 months to then apply for his/her work permit.
  • An LMIA can be issued for seasonal jobs or for jobs that are renewed yearly. The positions can be low skilled or high skilled.
    Cap or Transition Plan apply.
  • Every time that an employer wants to renew a work permit for a foreign worker, a brand new LMIA application complying with all the requirements must be submitted.
  • A foreign worker can start to work for an employer only when his work permit has been issued.
  • A foreign worker can only work for the employer that processed his/her LMIA.
  • A positive LMIA does not guarantee that the work permit will be issued to the foreign worker. The foreign worker must apply for a work permit and his/her case is analyzed separately.
  • As part of the process, Employment and Social Development Canada - ESDC will interview you in order to assess your LMIA application.
  • If there is a labour dispute in progress, the outcome of the LMIA is likely to be negative.
  • If the position is part of a union, it must be consulted about the hiring of a Temporary Foreign Worker
  • There are four different streams you can apply through:
  • Stream for low-wage and high-wage positions
  • Express Entry Stream: Hiring skilled workers to support PR
  • Agricultural Stream (Cap or Transition plan don’t apply. A housing inspection must be done)
  • Stream for In-Home Caregivers (Cap or Transition Plan don’t apply. Financial proof must be provided to show the government you’re financially able to pay the caregiver)

 

The process (LMIA- LMO):

  • After complying with the advertisement requirements and the other requirements, the application is submitted to the Employment and Social Development Canada - ESDC Center that serves your province. An officer will analyze your case and will call you in order to request/verify additional information. If the officer is satisfied with your responses, a positive LMIA confirmation will be issued. Normally 4 -8 weeks for running the advertisements, and for processing the LMIA application.
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Our services (LMIA- LMO)

Full assistance:

  • Thorough assessment of your case.
  • Advice regarding the wages, advertisements and working conditions required in order to meet the requirements.

Personalized Service: We will guide you step by step on:

  • Filling out the forms.
  • Checking every document to back up your application.
  • Checking for errors, omissions, contradictory information, completeness.
  • Anticipating possible problems.
  • Constant communication to answer any questions regarding your case.
  • Monitoring the progress of your LMIA application.
  • Use of the latest technology in order to enable you to fill out the forms easily and to be assisted as quickly as possible.
  • Communication in English, Spanish and French.
  • Honesty: you will be informed of your real possibilities for success and possible issues.
  • No hidden fees.
  • Representation of your case before Employment and Social Development Canada - ESDC.
  • All of the services are provided by Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants.

Work Permit

Foreign workers need a work permit in order to work for a Canadian employer. A work permit allows the worker to work only for a certain employer and place of business, in a certain position for a limited period of time.

Requirements (Work permit):

For most of the jobs a Labour Market Impact Assessment is needed in order to submit a work permit application.

  • A signed work contract that complies with the provincial labour regulations. (In the case of low skilled workers, the employers must provide return air tickets). Also, the employer should help the worker with the housing arrangements (the worker has to pay for the rent).
  • If the worker is abroad, he/she may need to apply for a temporary visa and take medical examinations in the visa office that serves his/her country.  Canadian visa offices abroad also have their own specific requirements regarding work permit applications.

The Process (Work permit)

Outside Canada

The Canadian Consulate/Embassy abroad will assess if the worker is a genuine temporary worker and if his/her skills comply with the job requirements. They will check the workers’ criminal record and if the worker is likely to leave Canada after the contract ends. Often workers are interviewed by Immigration Officers.

Generally the visa offices contact the employer to check if the job offer is still valid.
This process generally takes 3 to 12 weeks depending on the visa office.

In Canada

If the foreign worker is in Canada and holds a work permit for another employer, then an application for a “change of employer” can be submitted to Vegreville, Alberta. This usually takes 3 to 4 weeks.

If the foreign worker holds a work permit and wants to extend his/her work permit with the same employer, he needs to submit his application to Vegreville, Alberta with plenty of anticipation. This usually takes around 60 days.

Things to consider (Work permit)

  • A work permit is not an immigration document, it allows the worker to work for an employer but in order to enter Canada he/she may need a temporary visa.
  • Low skilled workers can work for up to 2 years and then they must leave Canada. Skilled workers have different restrictions.
  • Some provinces have a waiting time of 3 months for the foreign workers to become eligible for health insurance. The employer is responsible for providing private health insurance during that time.
  • Generally seasonal foreign workers are not covered by provincial health insurance.
  • A foreign worker has the same labour rights and obligations as a Canadian worker.

Our services (Work Permits)

Thorough assessment of your case based on the Canada visa office regulations that serve the country of the foreign worker;
Full assistance amd Personalized Service: we will guide the worker step by step on:

  • Filling the forms ( We will pre-fill the forms with your general information)
  • Checking every document to back up the application * Checking for errors, omissions, contradictory information, completeness
  • Anticipating possible problems
  • Preparing the worker for an immigration interview if needed
  • Constant communication to answer any question regarding the worker’s case
  • Monitoring the progress of the work permit application
  • Usage of the latest technology so the worker can fill the forms easily and be assisted as soon as possible
  • Communication in English, Spanish and French.
  • Honesty, you will be informed of your real possibilities of success and possible issues.
  • No hidden fees
  • Representing the worker’s case before the Canadian Visa Office abroad
  •  All the services are provided by Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants

 

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