Work Permit Application for Foreign Worker – LMIA
The Canadian job market keeps growing, which has many Canadian employers searching far and wide to fill labour shortages with skilled and/or specifically trained workers to meet their demands. As such, Canadian employers may find themselves in the position of recruiting foreign individuals to fill the positions their companies so desperately need.
The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application is one pathway that Canadian employers have to take in order to recruit and legally employ foreign talented and/or skilled workers. Depending on the function LMIA can be three types: Regular LMIA, LMIA Express Entry and dual LMIA
This application is made directly to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), a department of the Canadian Government which oversees and provides decision on LMIA applications. The department needs to ensure that the Canadian labour market is not negatively impacted by bringing foreign talent, but at the same time, attempts to address shortages in the labour market by permitting Canadian employers to recruit non-Canadian Citizens and/or Permanent Residents.
Once ESDC conducts their assessment and concludes that the Canadian employer took all reasonable efforts to recruit a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident for the position but was unsuccessful, a positive LMIA may be issued which would permit the foreign worker to apply for their work permit based on the approved LMIA.