LMIA Exempt Work Permits

If you are someone who is about to head to Canada in order to work - whether temporarily or on a long-term project - you need to understand what is necessary in terms of required documentation. Work permits are usually required for almost any traveler heading to Canada to work. Essentially, you can assume that you will require a work permit if you become part of the Canadian labour market for a length of time. Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) do have a very clear set of definitions about "business visitors" and whether or not you qualify. If you are concerned or confused, you will want to discuss that with a legal expert as you begin to put together the various documents required for working and visiting Canada.

In addition to the work permit, however, you may also be in need of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is something that all employers who intend to hire foreign national workers must obtain. It is issued from Employment and Social Development Canada Service (ESDC) and when it is completed, it must be "positive" or the employer cannot hire a foreign national for the specific position. A positive LMIA tells IRCC/CIC that the entry of a temporary foreign worker in the position named will create either a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market.

Some jobs require an LMIA in order for a permit to be issued, however some jobs are entirely exempt of the need for the LMIA.

According to IRCC/CIC, employers who hire qualifying foreign workers through the "International Mobility Programs" will not require an LMIA. Many of those programs are the different "trade agreements" that Canada has created with other countries. The list of workers exempt from LMIA is limited and all of the workers will require a work permit before entering the Canadian labour market.

This is a complex matter and not one to make any assumptions about. The LMIA can take time and greatly lengthen your work permit application time. It is fully recommended that you speak with an expert if you are unclear about your situation.

The LMIA is a wise part of the work permit and temporary workers situation, but it can be confusing. Be sure you understand your requirements as you begin to put together your work permit application.

Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.