What is a LMIA Application

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application is a document that showcases the need for an employer to hire a foreign worker for a specific job role. An LMIA is often a required portion of a Canadian work permit application. An LMIA application may need to be submitted by an employer before hiring a specified foreign worker. Various aspects of your personal status and proposed work role can identify where you will need an LMIA application for your specific work permit application process.

LMIAs can be required for a successful Canadian work permit application. A proper LMIA application must meet three general requirements:
* The LMIA must show that there is not a Canadian available to do the proposed role.
* The LMIA must how that there is a need for a foreign worker for your specified job offer.
* The LMIA must show that hiring the temporary foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market.

The application process for LMIA applications are multi-step and involve various parties. Some of the steps associated with an LMIA application are:
* Determine the level of job skill required. The National Occupational Classification (NOC Matrix) system categorizes various occupational skill level requirements.
* Meet the minimum requirements in regards to attracting Canadian employees. Minimum levels of job advertising to find qualified Canadian employees must be demonstrated.
* Provide the required wage and conditions for the specific role and employee.
* Demonstrate that your company is unable to find permanent resident employees for your proposed role and that hiring the foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market.
* Submit the LMIA application. This can be done prior to the specific worker being documented.
* After the LMIA application is approved, send a copy to the proposed foreign worker and advise them to apply for a Canadian work permit.

Certain forms of foreign worker roles, wages and more may or may not require an LMIA application. The two forms of Canadian work permits that may require an LMIA application form the employer are:
* Open Work Permits Ð allows a prospective employee to work for any Canadian employer not listed as ineligible.
* Employer Specific Work Permit Ð Employer specific permits allow an individual to immigrate to Canada for a specific role. These permits will include the name of the prospective employer, duration of the proposed position and the location of the work.

Businesses that do not require LMIA applications will fall under an exemption code. Exemption codes can be found on the government of Canada website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/work/opinion/codes.asp

LMIAs are important aspects of Canadian work permits. Do not let a lack of understanding result in a negative outcome for your LMIA and employee work permits application needs. If you have any questions regarding g the specific requirements of an LMIA or the application process, contact a trusted Canadian immigration consultants. Canadian immigration consultants can help position, complete and submit your Canadian LMIA application to create the best possible chance of your application being approved.