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Hello. This is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. If you are a Canadian employer and wish to hire a foreign national to work at your business you may be subject to the new Labor Market Impact Assessment process, used to be called the Labor Market Opinion process or LMO. Now we have a new process called the LMIA, Labor Market Impact Assessment. Now it’s not just a change in name, but the LMIA is much more comprehensive and restrictive than the old process.
Just a few highlights; if you are hiring a foreign worker in the, for example, in the food and retail industry, if there is a 6% or higher unemployment rate in Canada or in your region, you will not be permitted to do so. For another change is the fees. The government fees have increased from $275 to now $1,000 that employers have to pay to Employment and Social Development Canada who processes these applications.
There are, like the LMO process, there are advertising requirements. You have to make a plan to show that you will ultimately be hiring Canadian citizens for the job. There are a lot of rigorous requirements in order to qualify for the Labor Market Impact Assessment application.
Once that’s approved, then the foreign national will be invited to apply for a work permit at the local embassy where he or she resides, the processing can take a few months for that as well, but the new process is more vigorous. I have written a blog about this. So you are welcome to read the blog and get more information about what’s involved on the employer end as well as the applicants and the foreign national who has to apply.
So, hopefully, if you are interested in hiring a foreign national, you’re going to have to really understand the process in order to be successful. Thank you.
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