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LMIA- an Opportunity to Work in Canada.

LMIA Work Permits

LMIA is a document that an employer in Canada may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker. This document serves as proof that the employer is allowed to hire the foreign worker as no permanent resident or Canadian citizen is ready or able to fill a specific position. The LMIA document is  issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It helps ESDC to assess the impact of hiring a foreign national in Canada.

LMIA Work Visa:

LMIA is the process of getting a job in Canada which leads to Canadian permanent residence. The process is highly scrutinized by the government and the company which is offering the job needs to fulfill various requirements before applying for LMIA with Service Canada. After that, the applicant has to fulfill the requirements of the embassy and apply for the work permit.

How Does the LMIA Application Process Works?

  • Our LMIA application experts work with you to understand the requirements, wage-specific criteria, and other documents needed to get it done.
  • We help you find out the median hourly wages of their province or territory to determine whether their job position is considered high-wage or low-wage.
  • We help you prepare documents that prove you have a legitimate Canadian business.
  • We provide guidance on the recruitment efforts as ESDC checks if you have made substantial efforts to recruit Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • We assist you in preparing and documenting standards of workplace health and safety as foreign nationals should be provided with the same health and safety benefits as Canadians in the same position.
  • Our specialists help you prepare and submit a transition plan for how they intend to address the need to hire a foreign worker.

How to Apply for an LMIA?

The process of applying for an LMIA depends on the type of employment that you are offering. Based on the territorial/provincial median wage. There can be two categories:

  1. High-wage Workers: Those temporary workers who are paid salaries above the territorial/provincial median wage are considered high-wage workers.
  2. Low-wage Workers: Those temporary workers who are paid less than or at par with the territorial/provincial median wage are considered low-wage workers.

In addition to the above two categories, Canadian employers are also allowed to hire temporary foreign workers under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and via Agricultural Stream.

Irrespective of the category under which you are applying for an LMIA, you must be absolutely certain that no person residing in Canada can fill the position. The ESDC is meticulous in issuing LMIAs. Employers must be ready for an inspection as well.

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