What is An Owner/Operator LMIA in Canada?

By Sierra May 18, 2020 (Updated March 10, 2021) 2 min. read
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Immigrating to Canada through a work permit is very common and as many already know, there are many different work permits available. The real challenge is figuring out what worker visa works best for you and your unique situation. There are a few pathways an individual can choose to immigrate to Canada as a business investor with business experience and many choose the Owner Operator LMIA route.

What is LMIA?

LMIA which stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment is an authorization document from Employment and Social Development Canada. LMIA’s are for prospective Canadian employers who need to prove that a labour and skill shortage exists that justifies employing a foreign worker. This process is most popular when applying through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Learn more about the New Rules for LMIA Canada 2021.

What is Owner/Operator LMIA?

Owner Operator LMIA is different from your typical LMIA as it focuses more on your business proposal as opposed to assessing a single candidate. Some of the benefits to an Owner Operator LMIA include having the chance to operate your business in Canada, the freedom to launch your business in any Canadian city, and no mandatory advertising/recruitment process required.

Owner Operator LMIA Qualfications and Requirements

Qualifications needed:

General Requirements:

LMIA Processing Time

When applying for an LMIA, you can expect to get approved or denied within 10 business days on average. In some cases, due to delays, it can take up to a couple of months. 

LMIA Cost:  $1000/per employee request

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has pledged to process certain LMIA applications within 10 business days. The following categories will now be processed with a 10-business-day service standard:

Why Seeking Professional Help is Essential

With so many applicants each year from around the world vying for Canadian work permits, it is important to get experienced legal help that will ensure your application package has the best chance of being accepted. Missed or incorrect details can result in a failed bid, which can be heartbreaking if they could have been easily avoided if prepared by a professional immigration expert.

The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a Canadian work visa using an Owner Operator LMIA for a foreign beneficiary are complex and usually require legal expertise.

Contact VisaPlace today. All our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for VisaPlace legal, an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

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