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LMO and Work Permit Application Updates: New LMIA’s

work-permit-applicationsBelow is an interesting guest post about Work Permit Applications, written by my colleague Jeff Jiehui Li who actually used to work for me a few years back. Jeff now has is own practice where he assists clients in family, tax, litigation and immigration law. Thank you Jeff for your contribution!

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I have recently encountered a number of questions with respect to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and work permit applications. This article serves as an answer to these questions and also as an update of the latest LMO and work permit application rules.

Note: LMO’s are now called LMIA’s and the criteria has now changed. For more information about LMIA processing go to this page. 

First, back to May 19, 2009, all LMOs issued by HRSDC (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) have a validity period, which is normally 6 months. The 6 months is the maximum period that HRSDC may give to a LMO, and an expiry date of the LMO is specified in the Annex of the LMO. The foreign worker and his/her employer must ensure that an application for the work permit is made to the Citizenship Immigration Canada or the Canadian Border Services (CBSA) before the expiry date, otherwise the employer will have to apply for a new LMO again! As long as the application was received before the expiry date, it will be ok. The CIC may need considerable time to make a decision on the application, and the work permit may be issued well after the LMO expiry date.

Concurrent Processing of Work Permit Applications

Employers and foreign workers sometimes will apply for a work permit and LMO simultaneously, especially when the foreign worker is required to work in Canada within a short period of time. Thus, at the same time as the employer is applying for a LMO, the foreign worker will apply for a work permit, pending the issuance of the LMO. However, since one condition for the work permit application is a valid LMO, concurrent processing is not available in most circumstances, whether the work permit application is made in-Canada or overseas.

However, there is an exception in the inland process. If the foreign work is holding a work permit which will be expiring within two weeks at the time of application, has a valid job offer, and the employer has submitted a request to Service Canada for a new LMO, concurrent processing of the LMO and work permit will be allowed. In this case, the CIC will start the processing, and hold the application for two months from the date of receipt. At the end of the two months, a determination to either refuse or approve the work permit will be made.

How May an Employer Speed up the Work Permit Application Process?

There are a number of options an employer and/or foreign national may speed up the work permit application process. Note that some jobs will not require a LMO at all. In some situations, a LMO is required but the employer is not required to show recruitment efforts or run advertisements. It is a good idea to consult an immigration lawyer to see what process you will have to go through.

The Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Initiative for Canadian Work Permit Applications

If an employer has at least one positive LMO issued in the past two years, the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion should be considered. The so-call “A-LMO” Initiative has been implemented by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada since April 25, 2012, with some limitations. Currently the Initiative only applies to employers hiring temporary foreign workers in higher skilled positions such as management, professional and technical occupations, and NOT to the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, the Agricultural Stream or occupations in the film and entertainment sectors. Also, the Initiative is currently not implemented in the province of Quebec.

To be eligible to participate in the A-LMO Initiative, employers must:

  • have been issued at least 1 positive LMO in the previous 2 years;
  • have a clean record of compliance with the Program within the last 2 years;
  • not have been the subject of an investigation, infraction or a serious complaint; and
  • not have any unresolved violations or contraventions under provincial laws governing employment and recruitment.

If the employer is deemed eligible, HRSDC/Service Canada will issue an opinion, within 10 business days, compared to the current 30 days turn around for most of the normal LMO application. Note that employers applying for an A-LMO may be required to make some attestations related to specific assessment criteria, and may be suggested or required to participate in subsequent compliance reviews.

Priority Processing

Certain groups of employers will be given priority by Service Canada in processing their LMO applications. Check with an immigration lawyer to see if you qualify for priority processing.

Web-based Application

Starting from April 25, 2012, the HRSDC allows employers and their third-party representatives to make applications and submit materials for a LMO online. Although employers and representatives may encounter some technical challenges in the registration process, a web-based application will eventually help fasten the process. A web application may save the data entry time required by HRSDC to input the information on a paper application to their computer system, which may take one week or more. Also, when a decision is made, the employer may obtain a copy of the approved opinion instantly, rather than days later with the arrival of the mail. Note HRSDC officers no longer fax out opinion letters, although some will still do at the request of the employer.

How Can an Employee Speed up the Work Permit Application Process?

The foreign worker may speed up the process with a number of options. Certain groups of professionals or citizens may be exempt from the LMO requirement. For example, if you are a citizen of the United States or Mexico, you may qualify for certain arrangements under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and apply for a work permit without a LMO.

If you do need a LMO, you are currently in Canada and your work permit is about to expire, consider to apply for a work permit concurrently with the LMO (see above). Like LMO applications, you should use CIC’s web-based application whenever you can as this may save some mailing and data entry time.

If you are citizen of a visa exempt country, you may consider exit Canada and then return to apply for a work permit at the border. This may save substantive time required in the inland work permit application.

Finally, if you think you need a work permit on an urgent basis, chances are you may walk in to a local CIC office and make the application on the spot. Such a “walk-in” application will only be allowed in very limited situations, such as you need to work for a disable employer whose health or safety will be threatened without your help. It is advisable that you consult an experienced immigration lawyer for the best way to obtain your work permit.

 

Jeff Jiehui Li provides individuals and businesses with top notch legal services in family law, civil litigation, tax law and immigration law. Jeff has many years of experience in immigration law, and he articled at Niren and Associates, a leading immigration firm based in Toronto. Aside from immigration law, Jeff also practices family law and civil litigation. People will find Jeff is a skilled negotiator and fearless litigator, and he will do whatever it takes to advance his client’s cause and interests. Jeff speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese and French. 

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406 thoughts on “LMO and Work Permit Application Updates: New LMIA’s

  1. Jass gill

    M jass from india my husband hav a finish citizenship bt in march he move to canada as visitor bt now he wants to settle there for this he apply for LMO how much time period to take it . Bt another mistake done is that he don’t show marriage of us for some reasons . There have been a one nd half year passed to our marriage plllzz suggest us how n when we can show our marriage nd time period for calling me and about lmo and work permit

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Jass,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I can understand how the laws and regulations for Canadian immigration can be quite confusing, but we may be able to help you and your husband! Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Dinesh Chadha

    Hi

    I am Dinesh Chadha from India, age 27. I am gradute. I want come canada as a heavy vehicle driver. I have indian heavy vehicle licence with 2 yr experience of india. I am eligible to apply canada as a heavy vehicle driver or not. What is processior to apply or what should I do to become eligible if am nt eligible in that case.

    Thx
    Regard
    Dinesh chadha
    India

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Dinesh,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We can certainly see if you are eligible to apply as a heavy vehicle driver. We have helped many people with your background immigrate to Canada, and we would love to help you! Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Elias

    dear sir,
    my brother owns a Gas services company in Toronto, he wants to expend his business and would like me to join me since he trusts me in managing his work and that he can benefits from my project management (PMP certified) and IT background, is it hard to get through LMIA considering that he’s my brother??

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Elias,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you regarding LMIA so you can successfully immigrate to Canada and work alongside your brother. First, we need to take a closer look at you and your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. Pradeep

    Hi Sir,
    Last week I received a offer letter LMIA and CIC certificate copy. Kindly guide me how can I check the authenticity of this document.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Pradeep. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. Grace

    Hello,
    I am hoping I could get some advice. I have lived in Canada and worked with the same company since Jul 2014. They applied for an LMIA early this year which came back negative in August. My own visa ran out in July and I applied for an extension which gave me 3 months to continue working while being processed. At the start of November my extension was denied based off the negative LMIA. I immediately stopped working and returned home.
    In the meantime, my company had applied a 2nd time for an LMIA. I am home just over 2 weeks and this has come back positive.

    My question is; Can I just arrive at the border with my LMIA docs, pay the work permit fee and obtain my new WP there? Or do I need to apply for a work permit from here in Ireland. Its a 4+ week wait and my company would like to have me back asap. It was also a dual intent LMIA if that changes anything?

    I understand if you cant, but any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance 🙂

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Grace. Thank you for writing to us. It is important the you did not stay in Canada without having proper immigration status, and from what you have written, it appears that you have taken the correct steps so far. The LMIA process has very strict rules and regulations. They must be followed without deviation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our Canadian immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Joseph

    Hi sir,
    I have to selected in Canada hotel industry in marketing . He is applying to LMO visa processing. How long to take time and this right way or wrong process clear doubts.thanking you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Joseph. The Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process has very specific rules and regulations that must be followed. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Rommel P Susa

    Hi,
    I just asking how to determine the right employer with already approved LMIA, i am currently living outside Canada and try to get a job there, maybe i sent a thousand applications and unfortunately just received a response from employer that they are not accepting those that are no legal papers to work in canada and most of the job ads are have similar words for applicants.

    Can you tell me where is the place in Canada to get an employer with LMIA??

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rommel. An LMIA is a process that most employers will only go through if they find someone with qualifications that they cannot find within Canada. You must show potential employers what your exceptional skill set is so that they will want to go through the LMIA process for you.
      Best of Luck, Muga

      Reply
  8. Cecille

    Hi im in Hong kong right now and my sister is un canada and almost finish her contract with her employer.my sister and her employer agreed to hire as replacement of my sister..They ask some information to agency and they said it could have small chance because of family related issue.Is that so???
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Cecille. Thank you for writing to us. There should not be a problem hiring you to replace your sister provided that you have the proper credentials and that the employer submits a new Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  9. eddy

    Hello Sir/Madam,
    my brother has restaurant , he applied for have LMO . How long will the result? i heard it takes 2 months , is it true ? less or more ? thanx much

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Eddy. The processing time varies depending on the complexity of the application. It could take up to six months to process.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  10. Maria Manuela

    Hello, I would appreciate your guidance on this topic. My name is Maria, I am a radiologist foing a fellowship, working on a working permit. I have applied for permanent residency but my current job offer is LMIA exempt, so it is not considered valid. What happens if I get an employer to offer me a permanent job so as to support my permanent residence, but then shortly after beginning I change my mind and decide to apply to repeat my residence? Will I lose my PR? Will there be any repercusions for the employer?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Maria. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our licensed immigration professionals who will be able to look at all the details of your situation, and listen to what you are hoping to achieve so that they can plan the best strategy for you. What ever you do, must be genuine. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  11. abhimanyu

    sir,
    i got job offer from Canada ,Toronto for house keeping manager. i just replied and submitted the document what they ask for. next day i got contract copy ,i signed and returned to them,within 2 days i got offer letter and Lima copy. than i got visa form to fill from counsel ate from India,after filling form next day they are asking for visa fee submission INR 34000/00.
    i have doubt about Lima copy, generally how many minimum days it required to create, and how will i check authenticity of this. they are also saying ILETS is not required can this is assumpted from it.
    pls suggest what to do

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. The LMIA is a document that must be registered with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You can contact the Canadian consulate and ask them to verify the LMIA. You must always engage the services of reputable immigration law firms if you want to make sure that the proper steps are being followed.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  12. Yasaman

    Hi,
    My work permit is going to be expire next week so I have to stop working. I do not have a status here anymore. They rejected my work permit extension as they said that I need to have job offer (LMO),
    I am wondering how can I have status here to be able to get a new work permit then?
    I really appreciate if you can advice me.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Yasaman. Time is of the essence. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  13. Abegaille

    Good Day,
    I have received my LMIA from Canada including my contract and mailed/post it to Canadian Embassy here in Hong Kong for the application of work permit. My question is, how many weeks/months will I wait for their response? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Abegaille. A work permit from China takes approximately 4 weeks to process after the LMIA is accepted.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Abegaille

        Thanks you so much sit for your response. But the thing is I only mailed the copy of LMIA and the contract sir. I think that was incomplete as I’ve seen the checklist after I send it. Can I just mail another docus (LMIA,contract,tor,etc)? Or would it be better to let some agent handle it? Thanks,

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Abegaille,

          We have been practicing Canadian immigration law for over 18 years, and we are regarded to be one of the country’s top immigration law firms; we can certainly help you navigate the complexity of obtaining a Work Permit with a positive LMIA.

          I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm

          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  14. shaik shajahan

    hello visaplace i need an information i hav applied for a job in canada and i hav got agrement letter from consaltancy that i hav selected for a job company and i hav got this letter in 5 month after i applied and now how much time it takes to get lmo and work permit to me plz rply me thanking you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Shaik. The processing time is approximately 8 months. The company that submitted the LMIA may call up the CIC and ask for a status on the file.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  15. MAHTAAB

    is it true that if your employer is a relative, your application to LMIA will be negative?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mahtaab. An LMIA must be done properly and it must be for a legitimate position. It does not matter who is filing the application.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. sangram

        hey
        my employer jst said to me that he applied for my LMIA in canada
        how can i confirm that he applied or not? plz reply me

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Sangram. Only the person who files the application can make inquires regarding it’s status.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  16. nadeem

    Hello,

    I got the LMIA. My employer send it to me. I want to verify it that is it genuine or fake? How do i verify it? Is there any way to verify the LMIA?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Nadeem. The only way for us to investigate the validity for you is if you hire our lawyers to take over your case. If this is something that you want to do, you can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. nadeem

        ok I understand. But Let me know first, can you verify the LMIA is genuine or fake. If you can then i will hire you. Otherwise how can i understand that i will get my service from you.

        Please reply early

        Thanks

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Nadeem. An LMIA is an immigration document that is registered with the Canadian government. Our immigration lawyers can verify the validity. If you want to move forward with us, you can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
      2. Rodel T. Vicente

        Good day, id like to ask? Cause their is one hotel company in Edmonton hired me as a pioneer employee? And they ask me to send money for the processing of my visa first, they said that i need to get first canadian affidavit certificate,, that one is one of requirments to get visa ,, in my contract ,, its says that LIMA not LMIA? Is that same? Cause i want to make sure is that real or scam? Thank you hope that you can help me!

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Rodel. Thank you for writing to us. The proper term is LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment. If you want our legal immigration professionals to take over the administration of your case, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  17. Tufail

    Dear All,

    I have LMO and work permit in canada they are said me now you have to go to Canada embassy India
    could you please tell me what is next process after issue the work permit and LMO.
    how about fees in India Canada after isuue the work permit and LMO.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Tufail. We need to know a lot more about your situation if you are going to want us to help you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  18. Disha Bucha

    Hi,

    I am Bucha, I got an offer for the post of Farm Manager and the LMO was sent to me in 3 working days before that the employer send me contract agreement which I signed and returned. then the send me this LMO and offer letter to be signed.
    I understand that now NO LMO and there is only LMIA .Kindly help me in clarification. Is it scam or something but they have asked me to pay the VISA fee directly to the consulate in my country.

    KIndly help me

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Disha. I understand how frustrating it must be for you to be facing all this uncertainty. The LMIA process is something that the submitting company takes care of. They must post the position for 30 days, after which it usually takes 8 to 12 weeks to process the LMIA for approval. You mentioned that you were asked to pay a fee to your consulate. Was that the $1,000 LMIA fee, or the $150 visa fee? I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  19. Desiree Buhia

    Hi VisaPlace! I really hope you can enlighten me with my current situation. I am a live-in caregiver and my work permit will expire this June 25,2016. I am going for a month vacation and will be back on May 17. My question is, will this be a problem on my return to Canada at the port of entry knowing I only have a month valid work permit? I have already submitted my work permit extension yesterday, February 22, 2016 but I don’t think the extension will make it before my return. Please help. Thank you! Have a good day!

    Reply
  20. Desiree Buhia

    Hi VisaPlace! I really hope you can enlighten me with my current situation. I am a live-in caregiver and my work permit will expire this June 25,2016. I am going for a month vacation and will be back on May 17. My question is, will this be a problem on my return to Canada at the port of entry knowing I only have a month valid work permit? I have already submitted my work permit extension yesterday, February 22, 2016 but I don’t think the extension will make it before my return. Please help. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Desiree. You should be fine. You should carry your documents and job papers with you just in case you are questioned.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  21. Alesya Bajoria

    Do we need a new LMIA (or LMO) when applying for an extension of work permit under the Live-in caregiver program with the same employer. The original LMO was issued in March 2014 and visa is expiring (after 2 years of work) on July 2016.

    Also, under the visa extension, can we still deduct the room and board and if so how much for Alberta.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your question Alesya. Yes, you need a new LMIA. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm At the same time we can apply for an extension on your current visa to make sure that you do not go out of status during the wait.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Alesya Bajoria

        I called CIC and they told me that I don’t need a new LMIA when extending the visa before the 4 years are up if employed with the same employer. Also, we can deduct room and board charge. Here’s the email they sent.

        Sir, Madam,

        Thank you for contacting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. I am pleased to follow up on your request:

        Extension – Same employer
        As a live-in caregiver, if you have been in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver (LCG) program for less than four years and you continue to work for the same employer, you do not need a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada when applying to extend your stay in Canada as a worker.
        Please note however, that you need:
        • A new LMIA, even if you are staying with the same employer, if you have participated in the LCG program for four years,
        • A new WP and a new LMIA if the employer moves and changes province/territory.

        If you want to continue working for the same employer, you need to get:
        • A letter from the employer stating that you will continue to be employed on a full-time basis for an additional period of time,
        • A copy of a new, or extended, signed employment contract, and
        • For live-in caregivers working in the province of Quebec, a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI).

        Once you have the necessary documents, you can apply for an extension of your work permit. You may:
        • Apply online through the My Application page on our website, or
        • Send an Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Worker to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta. The application is available on our website.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          You are lucky that you are dealing with this with enough time to not need a new LMIA. Make sure you do not leave anything to the last minute. Regarding deductions I do not have any knowledge about that. I am sorry.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  22. WYATT BRANDON

    Hi,
    i have a quick question.
    i just submitted my express entry application and even though i have up to 1 year full time professional job although no LMIA, i wasn’t given any point for canadian work experience.

    Do you have any idea why that might be.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hi Wyatt. In order to answer your question, and to help to make sure that you are getting all the points that you should have coming to you so that you can maximize your chances at getting an invitation, I would need to see exactly what your profile looks like, and know everything about your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  23. Sudhir Pandey

    How much time does it take for the employer to get LMA ? And after that how much time does a work permit take and the chances of rejection in both cases ?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sudhir. It usually takes 6 months on average for the complete process. Have you already submitted your applications?
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  24. Gagandeep Sandhu

    Hello,
    I have few questions about my LMIA application and it will be great if you can help me out!!!
    My employer got positive LMIA already which is great but he want me to sign a contract for 3 years.
    Am i obliged to be in any contract with my employ according to any regulations.
    My employed applied LMIA to support my PR in Canada.

    I really appreciate your time and effort.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Gagandeep. Your LMIA and associated work permit are for a specific job at a specific pay with a specific employer in a specific location. If you feel that you are going to want to move to another employer at some point before your PR, you will need to get a new LMIA and a new work permit.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  25. Varun putodi

    Hi I got valid LMO in Farm worker from my employer in Canada
    And I will apply from dubai basically I am Indian
    I have few questions
    1) as there is no formal requirements mention on LMO for farm worker yet I have two year farm working experience now I have three years security guard experience, my travel agent ask me to file my bank statement and assets for making file strong, is it right way I am going
    2) what’s success rate for work permit in uae, or it would be better than India
    3) as I m making all the documents as per requirements what recommendations you wanna give me, and any message for success in visa

    Reply
  26. Ilias tsap

    Hi Mr Micheal
    My employer applied for my lmia sever position and it was rejected. Can we apply again for the lmia after a couple of days following updates or do we have to wait a certain period after the new application?
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  27. mohammed

    I have got a valid workpermit which would expire in june 2016.
    I have not entered canada as the job was no more available.
    Based on the workpermit , can I apply for a PR.?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Mohammed,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Any applicant that meets the requirements is eligible to apply for PR regardless of having a Work Permit or not. But just to clarify something Mohammed, if the position is no longer available, that CIC looks at your Work Permit as null and void as Work Permits are employer-specific and would not apply to more than one position/company. I would be more than happy to assist you and together we can determine which is the best avenue for you to pursue in terms of obtaining PR here in Canada. In order for me to advise you accurately, I would need to learn some more details about you. Kindly complete this form for me Mohammed, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your completed form has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  28. Saravanan

    Hi VisaPlace,
    Nice to see your blog.
    I have a doubt on my LMIA application.
    My employer applied LMIA on sept 2014. After waiting for long time he got an appointment with CIC next month ( July 2015).
    Will my employer get my LMIA feedback ( +ve or -ve ) on the same date?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Saravanan,

      Thank you for your question. It is difficult for me to determine that seeing as how I do not know the details of the contents of the LMIA that was completed and submitted. In certain situations, if all goes well in an interview, then the approval will be given shortly thereafter. MF

      Reply
  29. tessa

    my friend was over stayed already here in canada for 6 months but now she have a positive lmia right now,is she still able to apply for a work permit inside canada?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Tessa,

      Thank you for your question. In order for me to advise you/your friend accurately, I would need to learn more about her qualifications to determine what she can do to remain here after she has overstayed. Kindly have this form completed for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and once it has been reviewed, you will be contacted with the information. MF

      Reply
  30. MIZANUR RAHMAN

    To the
    Sincerely,

    Sub: Prayer for Please, give me a Dear Sir ,,,Please, give me a visa to work permit…. So please, co-operate me.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I beg most respectfully that I am Mizanur Raman from Bangladesh. I need a Dear Sir ,,,Please, give me a visa to work permit…. So please, co-operate me.
    I am cordially agreed to come to your country for Dear Sir ,,,Please, give me a visa to work permit…. So please, co-operate me.. I am prepared for this work and ready to come to your country.
    . Please, give me a chance to serve to your country. I am mentally ready to come to your country. Please, give me a Dear Sir ,,,Please, give me a visa to work permit…. So please, co-operate me.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Mizanur,

      Thank you for your post. We are here to help you and anyone else seeking advice on how they can apply to Immigrate! To get started, kindly complete this form for me as it will give me all the information I need to determine your eligibility to apply. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ Once I have received it, I will review it and contact you. I look forward to reviewing your responses! MF

      Reply
  31. Sahanaz Prasla

    I have a valid post graduate work permit so at the same time can I apply for the LMIA

    Reply
    1. Angel

      Hi,
      I came in Canada as an international student. Currently on post grad work permit. My work permit is expiring at the same time of completing 1 year work for skilled worker category. What should I do to stay here. I am really confused. What is the next best option for me to go with should i go for getting admission in a college or should I try getting LMO.
      And incase, if I go back home can i apply for express entry from there.

      Reply
      1. Mira Freiwat

        Hello Angel,

        Thank you for your inquiry. If you wish to apply for Express Entry and you are worried about the expiration, please contact us so we can assist you. I would need more information to ensure that you are eligible and meet the criteria, as well as, we can request an extension to give you the opportunity to apply inland. [email protected], I look forward to hearing from you. MF

        Reply
    2. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Sahanaz,

      Thank you for your post. Yes, you are able to apply for a LMIA with a PGWP as long as you ensure that you and your employer meet the criteria and are eligible to apply. MF

      Reply
    3. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Sahanaz,

      Thank you for your question. Yes, you are able to apply for a LMIA as long as you don’t wait too long as it takes time to process; you would need to ensure that you have time left until your PGWP expires. MF

      Reply
  32. Jayson

    good day! i have a relative in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and they are qualified to sponsor relatives like me. i am here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada working as Temporary Foreign Worker. what is the process for them to be able to sponsor me? appreciate your prompt reply. thank you.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Jayson,

      Thank you for your inquiry. To be able to determine if your relative is able to sponsor you, I would need to know if this relative is part of your immediate or extended family…as well as gather more information to ensure that you are qualified to apply. Please complete this form, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it is reviewed. MF

      Reply
  33. Patel A

    My employer received a verification call from AINP office last week regarding my status and than they said to my employer that we will process his application now, does it mean I would get it and how long it would take?

    I have applied in Jan 2014 under employer driver category.

    Thank you in advance

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. This likely means that they are beginning to process your application and have not yet reached a final decision, and this could take a few weeks to a few months to do, depending on the volume of cases they are processing. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  34. Stephanie suer

    Hello. Question; my visa will be expired before my lmo what can I do to get a extend? Plzz let me know. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Stephanie,

      There is a process whereby you can extend your work permit if you will continue working for the same employer and they are willing to sponsor you again. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and we’d be happy to help.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  35. choppara yedukondalu

    dear sir /mam. gd morning please can you help me! iam a welder I have 6years experience in Singapore I have AIT certificate also can you apply for work visa please reply I am indian I am now working in Singapore .thanks AND small question iam can come to canada for visiting visa I can apply for work permit can possible? Please reply

    Reply
  36. Anonymous

    Hi owen ,,,,i have a canadian working visa…to be expired on march 2016..and a contract signed for 2 yrs. But did not completed it, i go back to philippines because of my parents health issue..how do i get back in canada ?? with a different job and a defferent employer and also a defferent place?

    Reply
  37. Ehsan No

    Hi,

    I’m planing to go to the university of British Columbia (UBC) as a visiting researcher for a 6 month sabbatical leave. my visa type is temporary work permit and as the CIC website says, it will take 3-4 months for my application to be processed. I would like to know would be any way that I can speed up the application process? if the professor who sent me the invitation letter for me ask the CIC, will it be useful or not?
    It’s worth mentioning that I have submitted my application online a month ago and given the bio-metric test as well.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ehsan,

      Generally, it is not possible to expedite the process as the necessary background and security checks can take a significant amount of time, but if your case has been unduly delayed then please get in touch with us and we can help to speed things up.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  38. Anonymous

    I want know if ones work permit stamped on passport after that any processing for work permit

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. You should also receive a document which certifies that you have a Work Permit. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  39. Deep singh

    Hello my lmia has approved and I applied my work visa on Cook based how long will take process for it

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Deep,

      It is difficult to predict exactly how long this will take, but we would be happy to try to speed up the application process; please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  40. Kaleem

    Hi sir / ma’am,
    This is Shaik Kaleemuddin from India (Bangalore). Just want to know, once my medical reports is sent to Canadian Embassy at New Delhi, right from that date how many days will it take for me to get my LMO & Passport stamping at New Delhi?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kaleem,

      Thanks for the question. It is difficult to give you an exact number, but it typically takes approximately a few weeks to a few months depending on the case volume being processed by the the local embassy. Please let us know if you have any more questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  41. Pradeep

    Hey Guys..

    Now am planning to immigrate Canada, to be a frank its a dream to be settle there in Canada and now applying for PR. Plz suggest me about Canada, job opportunity there? Which city?

    I know, it could be a toughest moment for anyone willing to relocate to CANADA as I’m being one of them. Am very much appreciated if you might want to provide some assistance on following queries as it may play a crucial step in my life to decide whether to go to Canada or any other country according to my profile suits .

    1) I’m a graduate in Mechanical engineering having 5+ yrs of experience in Power Sector as Quality Control Engineer (Welding in Pipelines, Inspection etc,), and my category would fall under 2132 occupation code of FSW program, so are there enough opportunities in the same skills mentioned above? What could be toughest situation in finding a job in same profession (Please provide references in the area of Oil and gas or Power Sector only)

    2) Well the other fact is that, I’m ready to work in any non-skilled job as long as it paying more when compared with earning in India. So therefore, is it the admirable truth that even I choose a job which is out of my profession, my earnings would be more or same as like in professional job?
    Please clarify the same.

    3) I could hear some moron comments from other people, which are underpinned as well that, we should or must upgrade our skill set to compete with other migrants or Canadians to get through the job. So the query arise is, what so ever the fact is, why would the government grant PR’s to such skilled persons where they don’t have sufficient sources to accommodate? It could be the trap or deceive the situation.

    4) Currently I’m at a position of finding consultancy in India who can extend the support on PR processing, Because right now am working in Malaysia. and i should know the exact stuff’s before choosing the right path

    5) Also, let me know , will i land with job ??? or you ppl will assist me to find the job once i landed in Canada or any, please pass on the inputs.

    6) And most important one, expenses. How much cost will it take to immigrate to Canada??

    Could you please address the above all

    Any references in this regard, will be a more of help. Kindly assist me to decide further as I don’t want to ruin my life by dreaming the facts which are actually doesn’t exist at all.

    Thanks all in Advance.

    Hoping to hear from you soonest.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Pradeep,

      It appears that you would qualify for the FSW program based on your occupation and years of experience, and we can certainly help guide you through the application process which can be very complex. If you partner with us we can also guide you in the right direction for your job search, but we cannot really provide you with an estimate of the cost of immigrating as it varies so widely from person to person. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/skilled-worker-program/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  42. shyne

    Hello,i already submit my application last june 20,2014 as a live in care giver in toronto,i have LMO all the papers are complete,i’m just waiting for my temporary resident visa and work permit,i just want to ask if theres a problem since LMO already change as LMIA ,please enligthen me.

    Thanks,
    Shyne

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Shyne,

      Thanks for the question. There should not be any major problems with that, but if you think your case has been unduly delayed then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to setup a consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  43. Stuart freeman

    Hello I am a lgv driver I have worked in canada Alberta with an LMO, I returned to uk after a few months, but now wish to return and work in New Brunswick as a lgv driver. I have been provisionally offered work, subject to an lima what will be the waiting time. Is the government issuing lima’s to drivers. And roughly how much is it likely to cost.

    Thankyou

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Stuart,

      Thanks for the question. It is difficult to predict the LMIA wait time but generally it could last from a few weeks to several months, and based on the information provided it appears that you may be eligible to proceed with the LMIA process.Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  44. jhon

    hello sir,

    it is possible to appprove my LMIa if my employer hired me as supervisor for food attendant, my work permit is expire and how long it take the process of LMIa

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. Yes this is possible, and we can certainly do this for you as we have a lot of experience in this area. The exact time is difficult to predict, but several weeks to several months is a general guideline. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  45. alice

    Hi there,

    I’m currently working as a cashier and my work permit and visa will expire april next year. However, I’m scheduled to have my vacation to the philippines next month due to some family matters, will I have a problem for re-entry even if my work permit and visa is still valid? I’m just worried to go home since my work permit will expire in just few months. My employer has already started the process for my new work permit but considering that it will still take months before an lmia can be approved, it might not be released before I go home so I’m kind of worried for my re-entry. Please advise if its ok for me to go home or not. Thanks a lot.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Alice,

      If you leave Canada then you may not be allowed back in on your current Work Permit, but once your Work Permit expires and you no longer have legal status in Canada, then you are obliged to leave. Please let us know if you have further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  46. Dale

    Im from India and would like to know can an electrician migrate to Canada with his family(wife and two kids).
    Is it easy to find work permit or PR.
    We can arrange for enough funds.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Dale,

      Yes, you certainly could come to Canada, and we would be happy to help you determine exactly what immigration options you would be eligible for. In order for us to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  47. gaurav gautam

    Hiiiii sir I am from India I received my offer letter from subway which is situated Adlaid sir as a labour can you tell further steps and how much is process time for work permit

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Gaurav,

      Thanks for the question. We can definitely help you obtain a Work Permit, and one of the first steps will be getting an LMIA which is something we would coordinate with your employer. This is a time intensive and complex process, but we have helped many clients come to Canada to work in the past and we would be happy to help you do the same. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  48. SUNDARRAJ

    DEAR SIR

    I AM SUNDARRAJ FROM INDIA, I APPLIED JOB IN CANADA UN SKILLED QUBAC THRU CONSULTANCY IN INDIA ON JULY 14TH, THEY SHOW ME AND TAKE SIGNATURE OF EMPLOYER OFFER LETTER AND LMIA, AND THEY SAY AGAIN SEND THESE DOCUMENT TO CANADA AND COME BACK THEN ONLY THE APPLY VISA. FINALY THEY SAY 13.10.2014 APPLY VISA, AND THEY SAY 3 YEARS WORK PERMIT WILL GET ONLY IN CANADA EMPLOYER PLACE ? THIS IS RIGHT? CAN YOU ASSIST ME SIR.

    THANKS
    KIND REGARDS,
    SUNDARRAJ

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sundarraj,

      From the information you provided, everything appears to be accurate. If you run into any trouble, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  49. John Lucas

    Hello there,

    I have received a job offer under NOC 2281 as a Computer Network Technician. The company is in the process of applying for an LMIA and would like to know if NOC code 2281 is in shortage in Ontario, specifically Toronto. I have also noticed that NOC 2281 is one of the eligible occupations under permanent residency for FSW – so does this follow a higher possibility of receiving a positive LMIA decision?

    Thank you in advance!

    Regards,
    John

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello John,

      Thanks for the question. Simply being a FSW eligible occupation does not necessarily increase the chances of getting a positive LMIA decision. If the LMIA is not approved, please let us know and we would be happy to help you come to Canada, because you may have additional options available.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  50. GINO LOPEZ

    Good Day!

    Hello everyone! anyone who knows where i can find Direct hiring or or employer that can offer LMO/Work permit for Canada. Thanks!

    Reply
  51. Rose

    I want to ask about the validity of LMO in Quebec? I have a employer in quebec. I accept my CAQ july 2014, the date of my issuance is june20, 2014. I apply my working permit in the embassy of canada in the phil. In Sept.8, they refuse my application, their reason is “you dont have a valid LMO”. I cant understand why their refuse my application? Could you pls. help me . just answer my question? Thnx

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rose,

      Thanks for the question. If you don’t have a valid LMIA then you won’t be able to work. An LMIA refusal can occur for a variety of reasons, and we would be happy to help you and your employer get a valid LMIA so that you can obtain a Work Permit. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information on obtaining Work Permits.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  52. Claudia Aguayo

    Good Afternoon..
    This is Claudia, currently working in Banff, Alberta, as a housekeeping.
    My work contract is under LMO (Started in May, 2014 and ending in May 2016).
    I’m trying to find another job under LMIA program, but I don’t know if that is possible now, because of the recent changes in the inmigration law.
    Could you lead me to the right way to do it?
    Besides, I would like to know what are the current ways to get PR in this Province and if in other provinces is easier than here.
    Thank you so much
    Claudia Aguayo.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Claudia,

      Thanks for the question. We would be happy to help you obtain an LMIA/work permit extension, and explore other options which may be available to you. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information on work permits and don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  53. vishal

    Hi sir,
    Thanks for the answer,so you will start my new application or you will check my application which is in process . Actually I already paid 2000 cad to my consultant.what I have to do now to join your company.

    Vishal

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Vishal,

      If you want to partner with us, you can set up a consultation with one of our immigration professionals in order to discuss your matter further. Please contact us at (416) 410-7484, or toll free at 1-877-628-3448.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  54. vishal

    Hi sir,
    I am from India and I applied for work permit through a consultancy in january 2014 for hotel job. They shows me offer letter from a hotel in Alberta.My LMO was came in april and they taken documents and applied my file in may 2014.They told me my medical will come within two months ,that means in july 14. I am still waiting for medical.Sir can tell me why embassy is delaying medical,almost 5 months are going to complete. I think my consultant is doing fraud with me. Now they are saying LMO is became LMI thatswhy its delaying and it will take 2 3 months more.Sir please help me.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Vishal,

      I am sorry to hear that your application is taking so long. If you partner with us, we would be able to speed up the process as quickly as possible so that you can come to Canada to work. Please feel free to check out this link to learn more about work permits in Canada http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  55. Sachin

    Dear sir,
    Kindly help me out that through consultancy I have applied LMO through a consultant in India for a skilled work visa and now the concerned consultant asking me $1000 for LMIA/LMO processing fee. The consultant provide me the open offer letter from a CA Firm in Canada. My question is that whether the employee is liable for paying LMIA/LMO fee.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sachin,

      Thanks for the question. Typically the employer will pay the LMIA fee, but if you entered into an agreement with your employer whereby they required you to remunerate them for the LMIA fee, then you would probably have to pay the fee. This webpage http://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/canadian-work-permits/lmo-work-permit-application-updates/ should provide you with some more information about LMIAs and Work Permits, and please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  56. april garcia

    hi iam april,my husband is in canada right now he entered canada last july 2014 with working visa but sad to say his company is temporary close and he need to find job with LMO because his visa expired on feb 2015.where he can find job with valid LMO i hope you can assist me thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello April,

      Thanks for the question. Sorry to hear that your husband lost his job. We would be happy to assist him with any immigration concerns that he may have regarding his work permit, and there may in fact be a variety of options available for him. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  57. Anonymous

    Hi there I have apply for a skilled job to Canada and I got an email from embassy my file is on queu for final review can you tell me how long does it take to have visa at this stage thank lots

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. It is difficult to estimate the exact amount of time this will take, but it is encouraging that your application has moved onto final review. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions http://www.visaplace.com/contact/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  58. Pradeep kumar

    I applied 4 job in lmo process in march still waiting for medical, plz help

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Pradeep,

      Thanks for the inquiry. We would be happy to help guide you through the process of coming to work in Canada, but in order to further assist you, we will require some more information about your personal circumstances. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  59. Vivek Kumar Jindal

    Dear Sir/Ma’m

    I have got an offer from a company located in Vacouver area Canada,around last week of May 2014.Since the company has to file an LMIA for me so to make sure that I am genuine candidate they asked me to submit a security deposit of CAD 3000/-.

    I made the payment in 3 equal installments of CAD 1000 each. So after they received the first installment they informed me that they have initiated LMIA process In the first week of June. I made another payment of CAD 1000 around 20th June and the company confirmed that service Canada has received the application and assigned the file number to my application. And they said that decision of my application should come by end of July 2014.

    I made the last installment paid around 20th July but since then company has started saying that my application will take at least 2 more months. and they are expecting a decision around October 2014.

    So can you help me if there is a way to check the application status by me?

    Your help will be truly appreciated.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Vivek,

      Thanks for the question. We would definitely be able to help you in your attempt to determine the current status of your application. Feel free to contact us so that one of our immigration professionals can assist you further.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  60. Tetsuya

    Hi there,
    I really need your help that I can travel out of Canada or not in process of LMIA.
    My employer has requested HRSDC my LMO and they got on Aug 21st.
    They say the process takes up to 8 weeks, but I have my sister’s wedding on 28 Sep. so I would like to leave Canada on 24th.

    My employer suggests me not to go because to leave Canada in the process may affect the result.

    Is it true? I really don’t want to miss both my sister’s wedding and LMO.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Tetsuya,

      Thanks for the question. You should be able to travel outside of Canada during this time, however, when you re-enter, it is possible that you may run into some difficulties at the border, and so it would be best to speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  61. Laura

    Hi,
    My company is applying for an LMIA (LMO). I have common law partner and we are both currently in Canada on working holiday visas. How does my spouse get a visa? Do we apply for an IEC separately?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Laura,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to help guide you through the application process. Is your wife looking to get a Canadian Work Permit under this company’s LMIA? In order for us to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  62. Kumara

    I applied for CANADA WP in the month of May and it got rejected in June 3 2014. Now my company is asking me to apply for CANADA business visa for a business trip. Now my question is Am I eligible for Business Visa?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kumara,

      Thank you for the question. You may be eligible for a business visa depending on the details of your personal circumstances, however, you may not work in Canada and earn a salary while on a business visa. We would be happy to guide you through this process; please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  63. zaj

    Hi there!!I’m currently working in subway,my working visa will expire on nov.15,2014..my employer said they will renew me,i’m worried coz until now i don’t have my lmia yet.i;m asking them they told me it’s still on process.is it possible they won’t renew me as their employee? 🙁 how many months the processing of lmia?thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Zaj,

      Thank you for the question. The processing time for LMIA’s is variable, and so it is difficult to give you an accurate estimate of the time it will take to process that application, but there still may be a variety of options available for you, depending on your particular circumstances. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  64. crybaby media

    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Glad we could be of assistance to you. If you have any questions about coming to Canada, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  65. Charlyn

    Hi sir good day i have a concern im in alberta right now as a temporary foreign worker my work permit will expire on september 2015 my question is can i extend my work permit and can i change my employer?

    Reply
    1. renata

      Hello Charlyn

      If you don’t have an open work permit you need to submit a LMIA for a new employer. If you need more assistance we can help you. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortlyhttp://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  66. prasanna

    hi
    pls help me with my issue. My LMO got suspended on june 2014 because of ministry instructions (MI) which i applied in january for Mcdonalds. whats the status of the problem? Do i have to apply again or my LMO can go further for process?.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Prasanna,

      Thank you for the question. We have helped many people who have had problems with their LMO, and we would be happy to help you too. First, we will require some more information about your personal details, so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  67. Blake

    Good Morning,
    I am opening a restaurant towards the end of the year and I am enquiring as to wether or not I can get an LMIA before my business is operational. Thank you in advance for your response.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Blake,

      Thank you for the question. It is certainly possible to begin advertising for the recruitment of Canadian workers in order to complete that component of the LMIA application, but in order for the LMIA to get approved, in most cases your business must be operational at the time that your application is reviewed by immigration officials. Please feel free to contact us so that we can further assist you, and fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  68. Adii

    Hi there actually I applied for a work permit visa for skilled job it already 15 months am still waiting for my visa when I email the embassy it say it still in process but how long will I need to wait thank

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Adii,

      Thank you for the inquiry. It sounds like you have been waiting a very long time for your application to move through the initial processing stages, and that can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, we have helped many people successfully obtain work permits in the past, and we would be happy to help you do the same. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  69. Rutuja

    Hi,

    I did a 1 year masters from Vancouver, BC, Canada and got a Post graduation work permit from a 1 year course from Oct 2013 to Oct 2014.
    Started working in Toronto from Jan end 2014 to present.
    Have a contract till Jan 2015 and will get a permanent job mid September but employer not able to provide LMO.
    I need suggestions on how to continue to work and stay in Canada after Oct 2014.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rutuja,

      You may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the Canadian Experience Class given your recent work experience and English skills (given that you did a Master’s in Vancouver). If you require any further assistance we would be happy to help you remain in Canada, and you may fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  70. Anna

    Hi i have a question , i would like to know if i have chance for LMO in Canada , im Polish but living last 3 years in UK(33 y old) . Where i should start? Thank you

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Anna,

      Thank you very much for the inquiry. We have helped many people successfully come to Canada to work, and we would be happy to help you too. In order to further assist you we will require more details about your personal situation. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
    2. renata

      Hello Anna

      Thanks for your contact. In order to apply for a LMIA (previous LMO), you need to have a job offer and fill out the requirements from the Government. We can assess your changes, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Best regards,
      Renata Nunes

      Reply
  71. Pradeep

    Hi Michael, Hope you are doing good. Am software engineer & I have a closed work permit for Canada with one year validity(Expiring in November 2014). I was working in Canada till last month & I returned to India for some personal problem. I am planning to work again in Canada with same company from January 2015. Can I able to request for work permit extension from India? If so please tell me the procedure. Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Pradeep,

      Thank you for the question. If your Work Permit is going to expire soon, you may apply for a Work Permit extension on Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration website. You could apply for the work permit extension online from India, but you must apply for the extension prior to your current work permit’s expiration date. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  72. Rehman

    Hello Sir, viewing your good reply on various questions I want to asks some questions please answer me briefly, me applied for study permit in Canada two in july but I recieved refusal on my application with several reasons included have not sufficient financial resources even I have 16,000$ candian dollars in my uncle account who sponsor me 2nd is visit of purpose.Please tell me what I do next on other hand can I apply now for work permit cause I am experienced in hair cutting and other related work ?

    Reply
    1. Anna Gorovaya

      Dear Rehman,
      Thank you for your post! When you apply for the study permit, you have to make sure you include all necessary documentation along with properly filled out forms. You have to demonstrate to the Immigration officer that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies in Canada.
      You can reapply for your study permit if you have an acceptance letter from college or University in Canada. If you would like to know how to make your case stronger, please contact us by filling our online assessment form at http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/
      In order to be able to work in Canada, you need to get a job offer from the Canadian employer first. We will then help you with the LMIA and Work Permit.

      Thank you!

      Reply
  73. Karaveer

    Sir, I am from India. I have 5 year Experience in Accounts & computer Opretor. Am I eligible for LMO or work permit in Canada.. Plz Tell me if no then What Should i do for get work in Canada??

    Reply
    1. Bahareh Norouzian

      Hello Karaveer,

      Thank you for your recent post.

      You need to find an employer in Canada who is willing to apply for A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that gives your employer permission to hire you. Once a positive LMIA has been issued, the employer should provide a copy of the confirmation letter to you, then you can apply for a work permit and, if necessary, a temporary resident visa at a visa office abroad. for more information you may fill out our free online assessment and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/.

      Yours Truly,

      Bahareh

      Reply
    2. renata

      Hello Karaveer

      Thanks for your post. In order to apply for a LMO you need to have a job offer in Canada. Based in your work experience we can assist you in any of immigration programs. Please feel free to complete our online assessment: http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly.

      Reply
  74. harman sodhi

    sir,

    how can i get Canada work permit, please help me. waiting for your kind guidance.

    Reply
    1. renata

      Hello Harman,

      Thanks for your inquiry. In order to get a work permit you need to provide more information, please complete our free online assessment and one of professional immigration will contact you: http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Best regards,

      Renata

      Reply
  75. Mohammad

    Dear Michael,
    I’m Yeakub Ali From Bangaldesh. I’m willing to go Canada for job. I want to go Canada by work permit visa. I have talked with Williams potter about work permit visa Canada. He give me a message about work permit visa Canada. His message given below:- I would like to inform that you he live in Canada. His Name Williams Potter (Potercic), His facebook Account Name the same His Designation; Deputy Direction Citizenship and immigration Canada Pilot Visa Office, at Citizenship and immigration Canada (The International Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
    • Thanks for your Message, There are different ways to apply for a work permit, depending on where you apply from.
    Before you apply or ask for a work permit at a port of entry, you will need:
    a written job offer from your employer and proof that you meet the requirements of the job (for example, proof of education or work experience). You may also need:
    the positive labour market opinion (LMO) your employer got on your job offer (if the job needs an LMO, Cic will not accept your application without it). If you need an LMO, it is up to your employer to get it and send it to you. After the Government of Canada confirms your employer can offer you a job, the employer will send you the LMO confirmation letter. You must submit the detailed job offer and the LMO with your application.
    Some jobs do not need a LMO. For these jobs, you will need to give:
    proof of who you are (a valid passport or travel document that guarantees you will be able to return to the country that issued it) and proof of your immigration status in the country you are applying from (if you are not a citizen of that country).
    Passport and visitor visa
    To work in Canada, you must meet the requirements for a work permit. You must also meet the rules to enter Canada. This means that you might also need a passport and a temporary resident visa (TRV), also known as a visitor visa.
    The TRV is an official document that is put in your passport.
    If you need a TRV, you do not have to apply for it separately or pay another fee. If cic approve your work permit, they will issue you a visa at the same time as they issue the documents you need to enter Canada as a worker.
    If you are a citizen or a permanent resident of
    the United States, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, or Greenland, you do not need a passport or a TRV to enter Canada. However, you must give proof of citizenship or permanent residence, such as a national identity card or an alien registration card.
    With our guidance we can help you through the many obstacles one can face when deciding on the correct path to take in choosing Canada as your future home.It is true that Canada can be the land of opportunity and economic prosperity for many newcomers to this country. It is a country of incredible resources, abundant opportunities, diverse peoples and accessible health and social services.
    Our experienced practitioners understand, from their own personal immigration experiences, the complexities involved with deciding that Canada is your new destination of choice and will help you make that dream become reality.
    We are confident that whether you require our services for temporary ,work permit or permanent residence, we can provide you with professional, competent representation and advice. We are authorized by the Canadian government to represent you in all Immigration matters.
    After Retaining Us
    We will advise, guide and represent you throughout your entire Immigration processing. We will determine the best category for you to apply under to enter Canada permanently or temporarily We will prepare, analyze and submit your application We will represent you throughout your entire Immigration processing We will communicate with Canada Immigration on your behalf We will advise and prepare you for any interviews with Canadian Immigration Officials if this becomes necessary We will track the progress of your application and provide you with updated information throughout the processing of your application until you receive your specific visa After your arrival in Canada we will advise you of your residency obligations to maintain permanent residence in Canada We will advise you of the benefits of Canadian Citizenship and let you know when you will be eligible to apply We can provide assistance with general information about working and living in Canada We can assist you with buying a home in Canada, whether you arrive as a temporary or permanent resident of Canada
    Documents required ;Data page of International passport, Previous Travel Documents, Passport Visa Size Photograph, Full CV & All Educational Certificates ,Police Clearance Certificate, Work Experience Certificates, Birth Certificate ,Medical Report.
    First ..Submitting Complete Documents for Evaluation and After Evaluation Retaining fee is Paid ..I must know the type of Job you Are Applying for It is my responsibility to get an offer letter from a reputable company here in Canada After Offer Letter, the Company will Apply for LMO from Federal Government Once Obtain I will Forward each Copies to the Applicant Then A case File Will be Created for Work permit And Visa Application All this Process Take Between 56-90 working days After Visa and Work permit Approval the Balance Fee will be paid Company is responsible for Flight Ticket and Accommodation Also most company provide Food After approval, An Appointment with high commissioner will be schedule for interview after interview visa issued in your passport.
    I am really need your information about William’s Potter, can you tell me Please he is right? and false?. He is cheat and fake?

    I am eagerly waiting your reply.

    Thank you so much for your valuable time read my message.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mohammed

      I really can’t comment on this person. In order to determine if he is legitimate ask him for the following: a copy of his lawyer or immigration consultant licence and a copy of his passport or proof of his Canadian PR. If he cannot produce these documents for you, do not deal with him.
      Regards
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  76. Sapna

    Hi there,

    My relative lives in india and an employer in winnipeg has applied for a lmo and once it is approved, my relative will apply for a canadian work permit. The job is to work at a farm in winnipeg for which he has experience in india. My question is does he need to do a ielts test to get the permit? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Sapna

      Generally applicants who apply for work permits do not require an IELTS test. ITLTS tests are for permanent immigration application cases under the Federal Skilled Worker Category.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  77. Ed

    Hello,

    We are currently in the process of submitting an LMIA for a candidate from the US. We were hoping to have him start on September 1. This may seem like a “dumb” question, but could he come temporarily to work prior to LMIA approval?

    Also, our contracts commence on August 1. Can we put him on payroll prior to him entering Canada? Are there any US taxes/labour law implications?

    Thanks,
    Ed

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Ed

      Your candidate can’t work prior to the LMIA being approved unless he works from outside of Canada. If this is the case, then you can proceed in hiring him generally. In terms of the tax implications you will have to consult with a tax advisor for assistance.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  78. Alex

    Hi Michael,

    Is it possible to file to separate applications simultaneously?

    For example Firstly file FSW application and after a couple of months lather (when\if LMO is +ive) file an application for TFW visa.
    Will this lead to confusion or rejection by CIC?

    The application is for outside of Canada.
    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Alex

      Yes you can file two applications at the same time. However a FSW application is for permanent immigration and a TFW is temporary. You may therefore have an “immigrant intent” issue with respect to your TFW application.
      Michael

      Reply
  79. SweetLady17

    Hi! Sir Michael,

    I want to apply as a Live in Caregiver in Canada, but i heard that its hard to get a working visa or LMO nowadays? IS it true? Is it possible that I can apply as a Luve in Caregiver here PHilippines to Canada? Please Help…I so desperate to work there as a caregiver, I finished my Caregiver course here in Manila and i took my NVQ level 2 and 3 for Health and Social care in United Kingdom, i only have a student visa in uk thats why i come back home. Hope you can give me an advice on how to get a working visa or work in Canada as a caregiver. Looking forward to hear from you, Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi SweetLady17

      You can certainly apply as a LIC but you need a job offer in Canada first. Based on your credentials you should be able to qualify but you need a job offer. Once you have one, your employer can apply for an LMIA to Service Canada. If approved, you can then apply for the work permit.
      Best of Luck
      Michael

      Reply
  80. Mrs Hoeving

    HI I just have some questions, my father applied for working permit and he got multiple entry til January 2015 but the company who process their visa canceled their departure (we didn’t know the reason because the agency keep saying they didn’t say any reason) now their LMO already expired. My question is can he enter Canada even tho he doesn’t have work/new LMO yet? And can he just look for new work when he got to Canada? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mrs. Hoeving

      If your father has a valid multiple entry visa in his passport that is still valid, he should be able to enter Canada but he can’t work until he gets a new LMIA and then a work visa.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  81. Mandeep

    hello sir I want work permit visa for Canada
    I apply for this
    but I don’t know about the original LMO
    please tell me the sign of original LMO

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mandeep

      To get an LMIA you need first a job offer from a Canadian company who will then file an application to Service Canada. Once that is done and if it’s approved you can then apply for a work visa
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  82. Dhanya

    Hi Michael,

    Two years ago, when I renewed my work-permit it came back with an error in my gender. When I had applied for a SIN card extension, I was informed that it should be OK this time but the gender would need to be corrected next time.

    The next time I renewed my Work-Permit, my gender on the Work-Permit was corrected. However, when I went to apply for SIN card extension, I was informed by the Service Canada agent that the incorrect gender error persists within the CiC’s system/database and that my application for SIN card extension cannot be processed.

    I contacted CiC and was asked to submit IMM1436 with my past Work-Permit (with the incorrect gender) and the present one (i.e. with the gender corrected). I did so in the last week of April 2014.

    In the first week of June 2014, CiC sent back my old work-permit. However, they have NOT sent me my current Work-Permit and, even after many calls following-up on the issue, they are not giving me a clear answer on whether the issue has been resolved. Each CiC agent I talk to gives me a different answer. None of them is able to tell me if, or when, the issue will be resolved.

    I would greatly appreciate if you could help me out with the following:
    1.) Is there any way to query CiC by e-mail? If so, what is the e-mail id?
    2.) Does it usually take this long to rectify what appears to be a simple error with their database?
    3.) I would need to travel out of Canada on vacation in a few weeks. Would not possessing my Work-Permit cause problems when I return to Canada?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Dhanya

      We have seen this problem before. Simple errors like gender, date of birth or spelling of names can cause a LOT of problems. Simple error, very tough solutions! To answer your questions:

      1.) Is there any way to query CiC by e-mail? If so, what is the e-mail id?
      ANSWER: Yes you can email them. You can go on their website http://www.cic.gc.ca but you need our client ID number.
      2.) Does it usually take this long to rectify what appears to be a simple error with their database?
      ANSWER: Yes even longer in some cases.
      3.) I would need to travel out of Canada on vacation in a few weeks. Would not possessing my Work-Permit cause problems when I return to Canada?
      ANSWER: If you are not from a visa exempt country, then yes it would be an issue. You would need a valid visa to enter or re-enter Canada.

      We can assist with your problem. You can contact us or an immigration lawyer with experience in these matters.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  83. Vincy

    Hi Michael,

    Please help me, I was in London,uk till 10 April 2014 working full time for more than 1 year in hotel and my previous experience is for 2 years in same field. I came to india on 15 April 2014 since than I am not working anywhere it means almost 4 months. I am going to get LMO in August. I am worried becoz i have 4 to 5 months of gap unemployment, Could this will be the reason for rejection?? is it alright going to apply work permit with unemployment .

    Please reply at your earliest conveniences.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Vincy

      I do not think a gap like this in employment will impact your LMIA application. Your overall credentials and the job offer in Canada is what matters. For information about LMIAs and work visas go to our website.

      Reply
  84. angelo

    hello
    my current work permit is goin to expire this november because they based it upon my passport expiration but my contract and LMO is supposed to be 2 years. do my employer need to apply for lmia so i can renew my w.p or i can use the old lmo .?
    thanks, and godbless..

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Angelo

      Your employer should not have to apply for a new LMIA. What you should do is apply for a new work permit and how your current LMO application and the Embassy MAY issue you a new WP. However, the criteria for LMIAs have changed since you received your original LMOs. Therefore it may be the case that your employer will have to apply for a new LMIA. For more information about LLMIA’s go to this page on our website.

      Reply
  85. Mohammed

    Hi Michael,

    I have finally got my work permit last week.
    It has 2 years of validity.Does this mean I can enter any time within the next two years.
    Can I enter canada in January /February 2015, would this be a problem?

    Regards
    Mohammed

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Mohammed

      Congratulations on our work permit. Your work permit allows you to work for a two years. If you have a multiple entry visa for that time, you can enter Canada during this time.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  86. Erin

    We have an employee who’s 5 year work permit ends in July 2015. They are from the US. We would like them to stay a couple of more years. Can they apply for another work permit?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Erin

      It may be possible for extend your employee’s work permit. However, since it has been around 5 years, the real solution is to consider having your employee apply for Canadian permanent residence.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  87. Michael

    Hello,
    I have a caretaker that is currently on a two year LMO that expires in October. It is a low skilled category job. Cna I apply for another LMO for him or is he subject to the two year maximum?
    Thanks so much

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Michael,
      Great question, there are many who are wondering the same thing given the recent changes to the FSW program.To give you a more informed response I would need a bit more information. To answer your question, generally temporary foreign workers in low-skill occupations are subject to the 24 month maximum, however there may be other options.
      I have passed along the email address that you have provided along with your inquiry to one of our immigration lawyers. She will be in contact with you shortly to help you decide what is the best option for your caretaker

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  88. Satsangi

    Hi,

    An employer in Alberta applied for LMO in the month of June (Ist week) and till date has not received any confirmation from Service Canada on receipt of the application.Should I believe my employer’s version.

    How can I believe that the Employer has filed LMO application for me?
    Will the new rule have any impact on Supervisor level positions in Trucking Industry in Alberta?
    Regards,

    SAtsangi

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello,

      Thank you for your post. It can be possible that the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (formerly LMO) may be delayed in processing. With the hold on LMO applications and changes to the former Labour Market Opinion (LMO), now LMIA, there may have been a delay in processing.

      You and your employer can always call Service Canada and speak to one of their representatives who would be able to assist you with regards to a status update on your application with them.

      The new rule changes should not affect your application providing you submitted the application before the new changes were put in place. If Employment and Social Development Canada (the governing body in charge of LMIAs) have any issues with your application, they will contact your employer directly.

      Reply
  89. Dan Aiken

    Hello,

    I am in the HR department in the US and we have an employee in our US office that we want to transfer to our Toronto office (same employer). This employee is on an H1B Visa ( citizen of the Philippines). Since this is a company transfer, do we need a LMO? Or does he just fill out the application for work permit and get that along with the temp resident visa? We are looking to have him work in Toronto for about 6 months.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Dan,

      Thank you for your post. If you are completing an Intra-Company Work Permit application, you will not be required to complete a Labour Market Impact Assessment (formerly LMO). If you and your company requrie any assistance with completing an Intra-Company Work Permit application, please visit http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and complete our free, online assessment. From there we can work together to get your current employee a Work Permit and have them transfer to your location in Canada.

      Reply
  90. Dan Aiken

    Hello,

    I work in HR in the US and have an employee in the US that we want to transfer and work out of our office in Toronto (same employer). He is on a H1B Visa here in the US, but is a citizen of the Philippines. Since it is an inter-company transfer; do I need an LMO? Can I just have him apply for a work permit?

    Thanks,

    Reply
  91. nancy

    Hi,
    I am currently on my work permit which is expiring in November. I will be applying for AINP in August. My question is that if i can apply AINP for position of in store sales rep and what are the options i have if i dont get AINP approved until Nov?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Nancy,

      Great question! It is suggested that if the timelines for processing are too close together and you fear that you will not receive a decision in time, whether it is an approval for nomination or refusal, you should apply to renew your current work permit. When making a Provincial Nominee Program application you should maintain your legal status in Canada.

      Reply
  92. Sherry

    Submitted my LMO with my Original Doc in Canadian embassy in pakistan on the month of Oct,2013 and my application official time ended in the month of July,2014 . But u know that in April that all the temporary foreign workers LMO and applications are suspended. i just want to know that those applications are in embassy what the status of these applications.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Sherry,
      Under the recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the CIC has halted the processing of some pending applications for low-wage positions. Applications that were submitted before June 20th 2014 for positions that are considered ‘low wage’ will no longer be processed. In these cases, the employer will be refunded the processing fee. All other applications will be processed as normal.
      Without knowing the specific details of your application, it is difficult to answer your question, please go here: http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our free online assessment form. From there we will have a better idea of your situation & will be better able to provide you with a detailed answer.

      Best Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  93. Sheraz

    hello sir/madam, i need information about safety officer in lmo catagory because my consultant told me that he deals in safety officer LMO catagory.and i am eligible for this.Is it right or whats the future of safety officer of LMO in canada for me.I am also graduate in accounting and finance and interested to study in CGA in canada but i have not enough money to study CGA.please guide me truly what should i do. can i go for safety officer visa in LMO for 2 years.what the future for me with start of LMO.

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Sheraz,

      Thank you for your post. I strongly suggest you visit http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our free online assessment. I also encourage you to have a consultation with one of our highly skilled consultants who can assess your situation and provide you with assistance on how you should proceed.

      Reply
  94. Shabana

    Hi, my friend employer sold his business on which my friend got his LMO. Now new Employer is giving him job on the same business should he need new LMO if yes then what he need to do, because now the laws r changed and he only can work at that
    Location as he has close LMO for that location only.

    If he needs to apply for new LMO, can he still work for new employer and get his pay cheques .pls do reply

    Thanks
    Shabana

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Shabana
      Yes your friend requires a new LMO if there is a new employer. Your friend would not be allowed to work in Canada until he gets a new LMO and a work permit.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  95. Bik

    Hello,

    I was working at Petro Can and my company are sold and the old employer that bought me here just let me go and some of new Petro Can in different location want to take me, Can i still use the work permit that I have now or I can not? And If I study in Sait can I apply for PR through this visa or work permit?

    Regards,

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Bik

      What your new company (or in the new location) should do is contact their local Service Canada office and explain to them the situation. A new LMO may be required or they could have it updated. But Service Canada must be notified of this change
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  96. Ramboo Sharma

    Hi michel,
    I had got a open lmo from canadian employer for food and beverage and had applied in embassy through vfs online in 2nd week of December 2013 in Abu dhabi, and now it shown me a suspension. So I just want to ask till how much time it will take to get a visa.is it effect to my application or what will happen? I heard that strike was open and now my application will go through a new law or a previous one?

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Ramboo,

      Recently, there was a hold on Labour Market Opinions for occupations in the food and beverage industry. Citizenship and Immigraiton Canada has removed the hold and has provided new guildliness regarding the new Labour Market Impact Assessment (formerly, Labour Market Opinion). We would be happy to assist you with how these changes will impact your current Labour Market Opinion. Kindly visit http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our free online assessment.

      Reply
  97. Travis J

    We had 2 new workers (whom already were working in Canada but quit thier underpaid jobs to work for us) who we named on our positive LMO. We recieved confirmation they were approved on our LMO.
    However the LMO’s were all suspended while they were waiting for the work permit to come in. They had assured me it was normal to work while waiting for the work permit and I couldn’t find any answers, so they were already working. However then thier incoming work permit is now ?????
    They are telling me they are not nessesarily approved for a work permit anymore. Should I pay them normally, pay them cash, or throw them out into the street without a job? It’s a tough situation I don’t know what to do or what to expect with this work permit. MY LMO expired while everyone was suspended, i have them approved before that but will they ever get a work permit?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Travis,
      Your question is very detailed and it requires the advice of one of our experienced Canadian Immigration Consultants. Since you didn’t provide your email would you please go here http://www.visaplace.com/contact/ and fill out our inquiry form. You will receive a response from a member of the Canadian Immigration team within a day.

      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  98. Harry C

    Hi Michael:

    I had a post-graduate work permit which just expired. But I have never used it because I went to school and worked in the US after my graduation from the Canadian university. If I wish to return to Canada and seek for a job now (without an offer at the moment) is there any way to achieve this?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Harry,
      Thank you for your post. I have forwarded your question to a member of our Canadian Immigration Team, she will be in contact shortly via your email to discuss your options.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  99. Gingging

    Hello michael,im currently here in HongKong and i sign contract to an employer in Ontario last April 13,2014 and now im waiting for the LMO. Can i ask how many month will posibly before my LMO wil arrive? Waiting for your response. Thanks you so much.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Geraldine,

      It usually takes a couple months but every case is different. If you would like some further assistance with your work permit please fill out our online form here and someone will respond within 24 hours.

      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  100. sam

    Hi Michael! I have applied for Nova Scotia PNP through the Community Identified stream (before it closed) and my Working Holiday Permit expires mid August. I’ve been offered a 4 month contract but is NOC 0 a Manager position to start immediately. I’m not sure what to do as surely I need an LMO for this job before I can work (as its not professional NOC A)? And I think I have to apply for another Work Permit 30 days before my current permit expires is that right? Also what is my status in case I dont hear about my PNP after my visa expires?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Sam,
      Your question is very specific and so I passed it on to one of our more experienced team members on the Canadian Immigration Team.
      You will be contacted via the email that you provided soon.
      Thank you for posting and if you have any other questions please fill out the online assessment form and you will be put in direct contact with a consultant.

      Best of luck,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  101. Nette

    Hi Michael, i just wanna ask you about my current ststus here in canada. I am working as a FCA and my work permit will expire on April 2016, but my current employer closed his company and now somebody have taken over of the store. My question is, am i still valid to work in the same location,but different company operating as the same store? Different boss, or do i need a new LMO to have a new work permit? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Nette,
      It is very important that you report any changes to your employment status to Service Canada. Your new employer is also responsible for reporting any changes relating to their eligibility for hiring foreign workers. If you have any further questions about your work permit please contact us and we will be happy to assist you further.

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  102. Mohammed

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for your reply.This Visa Place is the best I saw on the net for visa purpose.
    In my application the official address was calgary.
    If I want to work in Ottawa or edmonton, or any where else for temporary basis,,in all 3 as per the work requirement, can I get my work permit, edited ?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Mohammed,
      Thank you very much for uour kind words. You can amend the information on your work visa application by contacting the CIC and informing them of the change.

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  103. Mohammed

    Does a work permit come with conditions of the adress I need to work in ?
    Generally my work is a software engineer, though I will be working for the same employer but I may be working at different client locations.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mohammad

      A work permit has conditions such as duration of employment, name of employer and you should be working in the capacity for which you received your work permit.
      If you work at different locations for the same employer generally if one Province that should be fine.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  104. Ramboo S

    Hi This is Ramboo from Dubai. I want to ask about Canadian immigration processing issue. I had submit all of my documents for work permit including lmo in December 2nd week 2013 and I didn’t get any response from embassy and in that case what will happen? I heard that the new rules was announced for hospitality industries and it will effect on my application? In my application it will go through the previous law or a new announced law? When I am checking in site it shows a processing. If

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi Ramboo,
      There has been a suspension in the processing of applications for the TFW program in certain sectors of the hospitality industry.
      I would need a bit more information to help you with your questions. I have given your email address to Anna who will be contacting you shortly to discuss this with you.

      Best Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  105. MOHAMED T

    dear sir pls tell how can i check my LMO….

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Mohamed,
      I would need more information to answer your question. I have passed your email address along to one of our consultants. You will be contacted shortly to assist you with your LMO question.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  106. Jatinder

    I have question Federal Govt reject my brother’s LMO, what can I do now.

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Jatinder,

      Thank you for your post. We would be happy to assist you regarding your questions with respect to Labour Market Opinion refusal.

      Please fill out our free assessment and one of our skilled representatives will assist you in determining your brother’s eligibility and guide you through the steps to obtain a Positive Labour Market Opinion. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  107. Wasif

    Hello Michael,

    Your blog is very help full, thank you so much.
    I have a tourist visa. I am from Bangladesh. I have an employer there who’s willing to hire me. Do they need to do a LMO? Can I apply for a working visa while inside Canada? Do I need IELTS score?
    Thanks,
    Wasif

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Wasif,
      Thank you for your comments, I need some further information in order to answer your question. Not all occupations require an LMO. Take a look here at our information page on Canadian Work Permits for more information on which types of jobs may be exempt from requiring an LMO.
      If you would like to speak to one of our immigration consultants about your work permit, please fill out our online assessment form and you will be contacted directly.

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  108. roed

    hello,

    i need some advise, here is my situation, i am outside canada and obtained a working visa as a caregiver but before i go to canada my employer backed out and no longer need my help. i managed to find a new employer, i now have a new LMO and employers contract. can i still get my work permit to my new employer upon entry to canada using my working visa processed by my previous employer? or do i need to redo all the application process from the start? or can i just show to the port of entry officer my new lmo and contract from my new employer?

    please guide me with this.

    thankyou!

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Roed,

      Thank you for your post. Without knowing all details regarding your file and what is on your current immigration document, you will need to get a new Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and after a new work permit. When you made the application for a Labour Market Opinion under the Live In Caregiver Program, it was set for a specific employer who required your services, now that they no longer need your services, you can not use the same LMO and Work Permit for a new employer.

      I encourage you to visit http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/. Once you are there, complete our free on-line assessment and book a consultation to speak with one of our qualified consultants who can further break down your matter and advise you as to what your best options are to gain and maintain your status in Canada.

      Reply
  109. kim

    hi there,

    i need some advise, here is my situation, i am outside canada and obtained a working visa but before i go to canada my employer backed out and no longer need my help. i managed to find a new employer, i now have a new LMO and employers contract. can i still get my work permit to my new employer upon entry to canada using my working visa processed by my previous employer? or do i need to redo all the application process from the start? or can i just show to the port of entry officer my new lmo and contract from my new employer?

    please guide me with this. thankyou!

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Kim,

      Thank you for your post. Without knowing all details regarding your file and what is on your current immigration document, you will need to get a new Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and after a new work permit. When you made the application for a Labour Market Opinion under the Live In Caregiver Program, it was set for a specific employer who required your services, now that they no longer need your services, you can not use the same LMO and Work Permit for a new employer.

      I encourage you to visit http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/. Once you are there, complete our free on-line assessment and book a consultation to speak with one of our qualified consultants who can further break down your matter and advise you as to what your best options are to gain and maintain your status in Canada.

      Reply
  110. Carlo

    Greetings! my name is Carlo and I am registered nurse in Nova Scotia. My employer said that they applied for my LMO January of this year and up until now I have not heard anything from them yet. They said that they will call me once they have my LMO so I am assuming that there are no updates yet. I know that LMO processing times could be 8 to 12 weeks and I just do not know why mine is taking longer than the usual. I hope you could enlighten me on this.

    Many thanks

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Carlo,
      I would first recommend that you follow up with your employer as to the status of your LMO application.
      Should you require any further assistance please fill out our online assessment form and one of our team members will be in contact with you directly

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  111. Carlo

    Dear Michael,

    My name is Carlo and I am a registered Nurse in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I was in Canada for over a year on a tourist visa (Visa Extension Applied).
    During that time I was able to sit and pass my licensure. I went back to the Philippines right after getting my results and landing an employer in Nova Scotia. They said that the application for my LMO was done sometime January 2014 but until know they have not heard anything from the government. I have no idea why the application is taking too much time. Should I be worried?

    Many thanks,
    Carlo

    Reply
  112. Rich

    hello Sir,

    i work as a cook in a hotel. my work permit is expiring on September 2014. my employer is willing to apply LMO so i can renew my work permit. i just want to know if i’m affected by the moratorium? cook position is on the list affected but im not sure if its applied in the hospitality industry. need advise please. thank you.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Rich,
      I am happy to tell you that the Food Services Moratorium ended on June 20, 2014. You may apply to have your work permit extended provided you meet the requirements to remain in Canada. If you would like further information on your eligibility to stay in Canada, please fill out our Free Online Assessment Form and a member of our Canadian Immigration Team will get back to you within 24 hours.

      All the Best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  113. Raj

    Hi sir,
    I work as a cook in a hotel. My work permit is expiring on september 2014. My employer is willing to apply lmo so i can renew my work permit. My question is am i affected by the moratorium? Cook position is on the affected list but i work in the hospitality industry. Need advise please. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Raj,
      The Food Services Moratorium ended on June 20, 2014. You may apply to have your work permit extended provided you meet the requirements to remain in Canada. If you would like further information on your eligibility to stay in Canada, please fill out our Free Online Assessment Form and a member of our Canadian Immigration Team will get back to you within 24 hours.

      All the Best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  114. Thanat S

    Hello Michael,

    Your blog very helpful, Thank you so much for that.
    I am from Thailand I graduated from school in Vancouver, BC and I got a job offer from company in Toronto, also the employer is helping with the LMO and they said LMO process taking 3 months and if all goes according to plan the process to have LMO should wrap up by the end of August 2014. My study permit going to expire on September, I would like to ask you a few questions.

    1. Do I have to sign on a letter of intent / offer of employment? Is that the part of LMO process? or LMO don’t need a letter of intent / offer of employment?

    2. If I get an approved LMO from the employer, How long to process for a work permit? Do I have to leave Canada and return by arrival to Toronto?

    3.Do I have to leave Canada if my study permit expired and I don’t get an approved before September?

    4.Some employers in Vancouver interested to sponsor and do LMO for me.
    Can other employers apply for LMO at the same time?

    Thank you so much and I appreciate for your help.
    Regards.

    Reply
    1. Anna Gorovaya

      Dear Thanat,
      Thank you for your post! You have to make sure you have a status when your study permit expires.You cannot stay in Canada illegally.You might want to contact us so we can tell you how to change your status.
      Also, the processing times for the work permit depend on where you submit the application. It can be done within Canada or outside of Canada. The processing time within Canada is around 48 days according to the CIC and 4 months from Thailand (please keep in mind it changes on a daily basis).
      If you would like to know what is your best option, and whether you should remain in Canada or leave, please contact by filling out our assessment form at http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and our highly skilled Canadian team will be in touch with you soon.

      Reply
  115. zahid

    dear sir I am having visit visa for Canada it is possible to get work permit if I arrived in Canada some body told me if I have visit visa I cannot get work pemit and they will not to work in Canada with visit visa please can you send me detail for this information,
    I am very thanks full to you if you replay me back,
    thanks,
    regards,
    zahid.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Zahid,
      You are not able to work in Canada on a Visitor Permit. If you are interested in learning more about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program take a look here: http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/
      If you would like to have our Canadian Immigration Team assess your eligibility for Canadian Immigration please fill out this form and you will get a response within 24 hours

      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  116. faisal

    I am faisal, i am from nigeria by nationality but i lives and work in Dubai, i applied for canadian visiting visa and i want to know if i can be able to work in canada with my visa status, how can i get a job while getting there, i lives and work in Dubai as a Sales/Marketing but i dont mind any job offer in Canada because i had many job experience when i was in my country. pls i want to know the step to take so i can be able to work with visiting visa, i need urgent reply

    thanks

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Faisal,

      With the visitor status you can not work in Canada. In order to be eligible to work you need to find an employer and process the LMO and Work permit applications.

      Reply
  117. Kristen

    Hi Michael,

    First off, I would to compliment you on this comprehensible website. There are too many forums that have various answers.

    Anyway, my boyfriend is in the industrial level of meat packaging, slaughter house, butcher etc. His TRP will expire in July and the LMO at his job was currently cancelled, in error, by a new employee. They have currently applied for a new LMO and are awaiting the answers. My questions are:

    – if his permit expires before they receive the LMO answer, is he allowed to stay in Canada while he waits?

    – his employer does have issues filling the jobs with Canadians so they have NOT had previous LMO rejections, will this help speed up the LMO answers?

    – how do I get the LMO file number, does it have to be through the company or can I obtain that on my own from CIC?

    – if I have the file number, can I search for the status myself online or call in, if so, where do I do that?

    Thanks for all your help and great advice.

    Kind Regards,

    Kristen

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Kristen,
      Thank you for your post. Due to the detailed nature of your questions I have forwarded them to a member of our Canadian Immigration Team. They will be in contact soon via the email address that you have provided.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  118. OLAWALE

    My wife in an international student in Regina Canada. I am applying for an Open Work Permit as a spouse of a foreign full-time student. Do i require LMO?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi OLAWALE,

      This is a tough question to answer without understanding the full picture. Although an LMO would be a recommended route, each Work Permit case tends to have its own variation. If you’d like further advice, we’d be happy to provide you with a consultation to discuss your situation in greater detail.

      Best Regards.

      Reply
  119. yenyen

    hi… i am currently working in a fast food chain.i have a valid work permit that’s gonna be expire on july.. just wanna ask because .my contract and lmo stated that i have 2 years contract but when i got my work permit last year it’s valid only for 16 months… and my friend told me that the reason is my passport… so i have to renew it then inform the cic about this… is it possible to do it even it’s more than a year… coz it’s supposed to expire by next year… and if it is posssible to apply what are the requirements they needed? thank you so much..

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi Yenyen,

      This may be a tough instance to give advice about without knowing all the details. Work permits are generally very specific regarding their criteria and restrictions. So, I am afraid that no simple answer is applicable. We would be happy to provide you with a consultation to discuss your situation in greater detail.

      Best Regards.

      Reply
  120. Durga

    Respected Mr. Michael,

    I’m Pizza maker, now in Spain. I’m interested to relocate in Canada with job with related sectors or any good job within Canada. Would you please advise me how to find out employers in Canada form outsite.

    (Note: i hope that if anybody knows about my interest, please advise me also as soon as possible).

    Thanks & best regards,
    Durga

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Durga,

      Thank you for your post.

      The procedure involved in obtaining a Labour Market Opinion from Service Canada involves the prospective Canadian employer applying for approval of the job offer to the foreign worker(in this case, this would be you). Service Canada will issue the Labour Market Opinion approval. From there you can then apply for a Work Permit to legally work in Canada.

      In order to assist you further, please fill out our free assessment and one of our highly skilled representatives will help you out and determine your eligibility. Don’t worry about not have an employer just yet, let us know your current situation and we will help you as best as we can!

      http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  121. Lina

    Hi

    I was the refugee claim in Canada and I return volunteer back home, but my bus want to bring me back and is offering a job contract should it be difficult for me to get a LMO with my background as refugee.
    I mean after approved would they issue me the temporary visa or not.

    Best Regards

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Lina

      You would likely need an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC) in order to come back since you had a prior refugee claim. Or you may beed a TRP. If you have a job offer, your employer may be able to apply for an LMO but you would then have to be issued a work permit. This won’t be easy because of your prior history
      Michael

      Reply
  122. kanav bansal

    Hi Michael,
    I’m a student in Ontario. I want to apply for LMO anywhere in Canada, preferably in Alberta. Please suggest me.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Bahareh Norouzian

      Hello Kanav,

      In order to apply for LMO you need to find an employer who is willing to offer you a valid job offer in Canada. If you have the employer, please visit our website and complete the assessment form http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and someone will get back to you with your request options.

      Reply
    2. Anisa Dattu

      Hi there, thank you for your post.

      The procedure involved in obtaining an LMO from Service Canada involves the prospective Canadian employer applying for approval of the job offer to the foreign worker. Service Canada will issue the LMO approval.

      Please fill out our free assessment and one of our highly skilled representatives will help you out and determine your eligibility. Don’t worry about not have an employer just yet, let us know your current situation and we will help you as best as we can!

      http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  123. kanav

    Hi Michael,
    I’m a student in Ontario. I want to apply for LMO in Alberta. Could you please tell me the update on LMO rules and application process?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Kanav,
      Yes, we would be happy to help. Please fill out our online application form. This will give our consultants a enough information to assess your individual case. Once you have submitted the form you will receive a response within 24 hours.

      Best of luck to you,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  124. Bik

    Is a supervisor at ice-cream shop (Tutti Frutti) would be effected too?

    Regards,

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Bik

      That job could be impacted. You can have your employer contact their Service Canada office to find out for sure.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  125. Mateo

    is housekeeping in the hotel would be affected too?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mateo

      I do not think the suspension on LMOs apply to that industry.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  126. FrankL2010

    Hi,

    I am working in a hotel for 3 years now as a front desk clerk. My employer applied LMO for me for NOC 0632 (Accounts Services Manager) and I’ve read in the LMO moratorium that NOC 0632 is one of those affected. Does this mean even not in the Food Service Industry? Our hotel doesn’t have restaurant.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Frank
      I do not think your occupation is impacted. However to be sure your employer should contact their local Service Canada office and inquire.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  127. Mohommed

    Hi Michael,

    Your post are really very helpful.
    I have a doubt regarding my Work Permit temproary visa application.
    I applied in february on an approved LMO.
    After my application , employer changed the company name.
    Two weekds back , the immigration office came back and asked more information about my employers details.
    The business which employed me is a small company, would the name change affect my application ?

    Would be waiting for your reply.

    Thanks and regards
    Mohammed.

    Reply
    1. Bahareh Norouzian

      It really depends on if the company is still the same company and carrying on the same business but with a different name now, then it might not affect your application.

      Reply
  128. juemon

    hi, i got a job offer from a janitorial company as a cleaning supervisor. as per the new LMO issue, is that possible i can apply for LMO for this co.?

    Reply
  129. einor

    hi sir good day! i got my LMO and signed it last may 2, 2014 but i have a questioned they said to me that my lmo will expired this coming may 16, 2014 but they sent my papers last may 5 2014 i think? then i should wait for my medical referral .

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Einor,

      Thank you for your post. We would love to assist you to meet your immigration goals to Canada. Kindly visit http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our free on-line assessment. From there we will be able to complete a thorough assessment of your situation and then be able to give you immigration advice.

      Reply
  130. tika t

    Dear Sir
    Good Day
    i came to know that Canada Government has stopped LMO for food and b ravage is this true sir? How much duration will take for the next notice comes.. if Yes when could be possible , How much time will take for the LMO ..? could you please give me some information .thank you

    regards
    tika

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Tika,
      Yes, the Government has stopped LMO for certain sectors of the hospitality industry. We do not know how long this suspension will last. For more detailed information on what other options you may have for Canadian Immigration, please fill out our online assessment form and one of our experienced consultants will respond within 24 hours.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  131. Saurabh Ranpura

    Respected Mr. Michael,

    Presently I am in Canada on work permit which is going to expire in December 2015. I have been working in Alberta in one of the restaurant for 03 and half months. I have left the service / job from Alberta and moved to Ontaria for a better job since I was not going well with the present jon environment of the Restaurant where I was working.

    Presently the LMO’s are been freezed and I am looking for a new opening where by without an LMO nothing can be done ie. I will not be able to get a job nor any employer are ready to take me in since the LMO’s are freezed. In this situation, do pl. advise what has to be done.

    with warm regards,
    Saurabh Ranpura

    Reply
  132. sonu

    Hey Michael

    This blog of yours seems really helpful. Well, my question is i was going to start my application for TFW’S in the hotel/restaurant industry as a waiter..i’m not sure if i could still go ahead with my process as ,Mr. jason kenney (employment minister) have stopped food sector industry to hire any temporary foreign worker until further notice. Do you have any idea that how long is it going to take for the government to get this program start again.
    Your help would be highly appreciated.Looking forward to your reply
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Sonu

      We have no idea how long this suspension will last. It is very bad planning on the part of the government. We will announce any changes as soon as we hear of them. Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  133. Ramy

    I have three different employers want to apply for LMO to hire me. Two of them are in Ontario and one is in British Columbia. Can I go for all of them or should I choose only one ?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Ramy

      LMOs are good for one employer at a time. However, if you work at different times, it is possible to get other LMOs for different employers but this is rare and unlikely .

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  134. Cassie

    Hi Michael,
    About this moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker ESDC will not process any new or pending LMO applications related to the Food Services Sector. In addition, any unfilled positions tied to a previously approved LMO will be suspended.

    I got a approved lmo for a restaurant job last November 2013 and my employer already apply me for working visa,does my on going application will affect this moratorium.

    Thanks hoping for your response

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Cassie
      We are not sure about how this will all work. I know that the moratorium is on the Fast Food sector but not sure if it applies to the whole industry. Your prospective employer should contact the Service Canada office and inquire. If you need help, contact us
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  135. Emrys

    Hi Michael,
    I got a approved lmo last October 2013 and just waiting for the visa, but I’m worried about the moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, specially on this stated that (In addition, any unfilled positions tied to a previously approved LMO will be suspended.) is this will affect my visa application, currently working here in middle east.

    Thanks hoping to help me on this

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Emrys
      Congratulations on your approval. However, the suspension on TFWs in the Food industry could impact your case. I would have your prospective employer contact Service Canada to ask them about your file before proceeding

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  136. Francis

    Hi Michael,
    I just arrived here in canada 2 months ago with valid working visa and working permit but when i arrived here in canada my employer store which i supposed for me to work is not already their own and they moved to other city. I decided to apply in other company. Would it be possible for the hsrsdc to provide an lmo to that company even my current WP expiration is until oct.2015? What is the possible way to do about my situation?thank you!

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Yes, it is possible to get approved by HRSDC eventhough you have a work permit until 2015. However, you will need to submit the appropriate work permit application to change your current work permit to a new one with the new employer. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you professionally and make sure that your new work permit is approved.

      Reply
  137. Thapa

    Dear Sir
    Good Day
    I heard rummer that Canada Government has stopped LMO at the moment unless next notice comes,Is it true? if Yes when could be possible ,could you please give me some information .thank you

    regards
    Thapa

    Reply
    1. Sonia Grewal

      Hello Thapa,

      Thank you for your question. Please be advised that the temporary suspension of the Foreign Worker program is only affecting the fast-food sector. Employer are still able to obtain LMO’s in other sectors. If you would like to apply under this program please complete an assessment form at http://www.visaplace.com and an experience immigration practitioner will contact you to discuss your potential matter.

      Reply
  138. yousaf

    dear michael .. i got lmo 2 mnths ago nw my case is submitted in embassy … how mch time emabssy takes in visa processing…..

    Reply
  139. Prasanna

    Hello Michael

    i received my LMO on feb 2014 and its expires on april 30 2014. Also i got a offer letter from mcdonalds truro NS.
    so i just want to know how long ll it take to get the visa?
    And usually wats the duration canada giving for working visa which i apllied from India?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Sonia Grewal

      Hello Prasanna,

      Thank you for your question. Currently India’s processing time for work permits is approximately 5 months. The duration of the visa is dependent to various factors, as such, I suggest you contact our office at [email protected] to book a consultation to discuss in further details.

      Reply
  140. Singh

    I have tourist visa of canada I have also job offer and lmo can I change my visa status tourist to work permit .

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      No, you can not. However, we have to assess your background and see if you can get your work permit at the border. Please contact us for an assessment and advice, or complete our assessment online http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and we will contact you.

      Reply
  141. Jen

    Hi Micheal

    Your blog is very informative and useful. May i know if it is our right to ask for a copy of our LMO to our agency? because they are keep on saying that we have already our LMO after for how many months we have done signing our contract with our employer. But until now they are not showing us the copy of our LMO.

    Then my another question is, our LMO was expired last April 13, 2014 but they submitted (walk-in) our application in Canadian embassy last April 11, 2014 and they said to us that they received the application by the embassy. Is it still valid or is it possible for us to get a WP or working visa? Then after a day our representative who submitted our application in Canadian embassy informed us that we have schedule to go to embassy on April 22, 2014. Is it really possible that as early as 1 week after submission of our application in Canadian embassy we have our appointment to go to embassy?

    Thank you so much and more power. Hope you can answer my queries.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Jen
      Thanks for the kind words.
      LMOs are issued to employers and given to foreign workers in order to apply for their work visas. In most cases, therefore, foreign workers get copies of their approved LMOS as that is part of their work visa application package that is sent to the Canadian Embassy. If your LMO expired, and you did not apply for a work permit during the validity of your LMO, then you need a new LMO. Your story here seems suspicious for sure.
      Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  142. Jozy

    Hi Niren,
    Thank you for this blog. I am a foreign live in nanny,contract finished in Aug.18,2014 and eligible to process for open permit and permanent residency.But my work permit will expire on Aug.19,2014. But Im still going to renew contract to my same employer. I also have to renew my passport I was scheduled to renew it on June 19.
    1.If I will renew my passport in June 19. Where there still enough time to process my work permit that will soon to expire on Aug.19?
    2.How long would it take to renew my work permit as a nanny?
    3.Do I need to get my employer signed me a contract now? Or when is the best time to do that?

    Thank much. I appreciate your help.

    Jozy

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hi Jozy,

      I would recommend to start the process by gathering the necessary documents and completing the forms. If you wait until you renew your passport you might not be able to collect everything in a timely manner.
      How long would it take to renew my work permit as a nanny? – If your employer is doing the new LMO that might take longer and I would apply for an open work permit with the appropriate documents and forms.
      Do I need to get my employer signed me a contract now? Or when is the best time to do that? – As you mentioned earlier your contract is valid until August 19, 2014 and you can sign a new contract at any time before to apply for an open work permit.

      Reply
  143. Chintan

    Hi Michael

    I have received a positive LMO. And I just applied for the work permit. Now unfortunately my employer is facing the financial issues and so that he might prevent my employment. Now in this case I have following questions :
    1. Is my work permit transferable to another company? Or I would say once I enter Canada can I find another employer and apply for LMO? Now in this case how much I will have to wait for new work permit? And till then will I be able to work?
    2. What would be the approximate time frame within which I have to enter Canada once I receive my work permit?

    Regards
    Chintan

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Chintan,

      Please my answers for you

      1. Is my work permit transferable to another company? – ONLY IF YOU FIND A NEW EMPLOYER
      2. I would say once I enter Canada can I find another employer and apply for LMO? – YES, IT IS POSSIBLE TO FIND AND NEW EMPLOYER SHOULD FILE THE LMO
      3. in this case how much I will have to wait for new work permit? – THE PROCESSING TIME IS ALWAYS DIFFERENT WHEN YOU ARE IN CANADA AND READY TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING THE APPLICATION AND PROCESSING.
      4. And till then will I be able to work? – NO, YOU YOUR WORK PERMIT IS ISSUED FOR YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER AND UNTIL YOU RENEW IT AND CHANGE THE EMPLOYER’S NAME YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK LEGALLY TO ANOTHER EMPLOYER.
      4. What would be the approximate time frame within which I have to enter Canada once I receive my work permit? – I AM NOT SURE WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION. THE APPROXIMATE TIME FRAME FOR THE WORK PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS? IF YOU MEAN TIME FRAME FOR THE NEW WORK PERMIT THEN THE LMO MIGHT TAKE BETWEEN 6-12 WEEKS DEPENDS ON THE PROVINCE AND THE WORK PERMIT BETWEEN 3-5 WEEKS.

      If you have any questions and would like to have a legal advice please contact us.

      Reply
  144. Francis Lee

    Dear Michael

    I am currently working for the Government of Nunavut under a work visa. I came to canada with a student visa and graduated. I was granted a post graduate work visa for 3 years. My work permit will be expiring in 4 months and I have also applied for my Permanent Residency under the Canadian Experience Class. I called the Call Centre at CIC and the agent informed me that I will not require a LMO as I am working full time with the Government of Nunavut. In the online application process it says LMO documents are required. I am not sure how to proceed. Your advice will be highly appreciated

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Francis,

      Since your PR application is in process you do not need an LMO, but the work permit called Bridging Work Permit. Only applicants for Economic category is eligible for this type of work permit.`If you need any assistance to apply for this category please contact us.

      “If person’s existing work permit is about to expire they may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. Bridging open work permits allow qualified applicants to keep working while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application.

      Reply
  145. taief

    Hello Michael,

    thank you for this helpful blog page. I have a couple of questions if you could help me with an answer, I would be quite appreciative:
    1. As an employer seeking to get LMO for foreign employee, do I need to have the business up and running before I can apply for LMO or can I apply for the LMO even if the business not established yet.
    2. Is the LMO application tied to a specific employee name and/or number or is it simply a permission for the employer start the process of hiring foreign workers.

    Many thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Taief

      Employers need to have a business, usually operational for at least year with a payroll before applying for an LMO for a foreign worker. And eyes the LMO is tied to an employee–although in some cases, LMOs can be issued for a group of employees e.g.. Farm workers.

      Hope this helps
      Michael

      Reply
  146. Pablo

    hello mr Niren
    I used to work in a hotel with my working holiday visa and then i had my LMO in this hotel. my work permit said its expired in October 2015, but I was fired for this company a couple weeks ago…my questions are:

    How long I can stay in Canada?
    Can I apply for another LMO in other company?
    I need a visitor visa or something meanwhile I search new jobs?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Pablo
      What you should do is apply for a change of status to visitation (temporary residence) from within Canada since you no longer work for your employer. And you can apply for a new LMO if you have a job offer from another company but you need to have valid status if you are to remain in Canada.

      Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  147. mainul

    hello Michael,
    i, I am a Indian I have received a job offer letter and a LMO(Labour Market Opinion) I need to know how to check these documents whether it is geniune or fake? please let me know that

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mainul

      We are not able to tell you if a job offer letter is real or not. You have to do your own due diligence. If you suspect that the job ofer is NOT real then do not pursue it. Immigration fraud is very serious. Here is a video I did about how to protect yourself against immigration fraud
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  148. mainul

    I have received a job offer letter and a LMO(Labour Market Opinion) I need to know how to check these documents whether it is genuine or fake? please let me know that

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mainul
      We are not able to know whether a job offer is real or fake. If you think it’s not real, then do not apply. You should contact your prospective employer and ask the right questions to know for sure
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  149. Martin

    Hi Michael

    I have a corporation opened with Canadian citizen (50/50 share). Can I apply for LMO for myself or maybe any other way I can get work permit, as I need to look after my business here in Canada ?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Martin
      This depends on how long your company has been running and whether it’s doing business, having employees. If it’s just a “shell” company, then you could not be sponsored for an LMO. There may be other work permit options for you however.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  150. Dominic

    Hi Michael,

    I am finding it hard to get a consistent answer on the below situation from the various websites and forums and hoped you might know the answer

    My wife and I are both working in Canada on IEC holiday visas that will expire in about a month and are non extendable . We both have job offers for another year with our current employer who are willing to submit an LMO for us both. If we were to wait until inside the two week period before our visas expire and apply for a skilled worker visa, would we be eligible for concurrent processing and would we given implied status for the length of time the LMO and work permit take to process? (had heard LMO was taking 5 months + at the moment)

    Many thanks for any advice or information

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Dominic

      If you apply for a work permit before your current visas expires, yes you would get implied status. However, LMOs do take some time to process and you can’t apply for a WP before an approved LMO. Therefore what I suggest is that you apply for regular temporary resident status pending the LMO process so you can remain in Canada. Once the LMO is approved, you can proceed with the work permit application. Of course this is just general guidance and we would have to look at your situation in detail to provide proper legal advice
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  151. Ponmudi

    Hello Michael,
    What if my work permit expires, before i get an approval LMO from CIC, Do i need to leave canada. If i changed my status to visitor to stay here, Is it possible to apply for new work permit, after i get my LMO approval

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Ponmudi

      If you are on a current work permit and then are applying for a new work permit but need to first get an LMO, you may have to apply for a change of status to visitor pending the LMO application. This way you can remain as a visitor while you wait
      Hope that helps
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  152. Ponmudi

    Hello Michael,
    What if my current work permit expires before i get an answer from CIC regarding my LMO. Is it possible to apply for new work permit after my current work permit expires, with the approval of LMO.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Ponmudi
      Thank you for your question. If your current work permit expires or will expire, you should consider just applying for temporary resident status in the mean time to avoid falling out to status. Once your new LMO is approved you can then proceed with your work permit application.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  153. Blue

    Hello I been waiting almost 2 months now well coming to two month at the end of this month and haven’t heard from my job about the lmo yet. They tried calling them and said still pending and said will attempt to call them again on it. the job at a collections agency . They haven’t heard anything from them either.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Blue
      I am sorry about your situation. Service Canada does take some time to process LMOs. 2 months is a long wait. Your application should be dealt with soon. If you don’t hear from them in another two weeks you may want to contact us for help
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  154. Tania

    Hi, Mr. Niren
    I applied for a work permit with an approved LMO, the work permit was rejected due to strong family family ties in canada and in your country of origin. I have my kids and parents in colombia and a brother in canada.
    Can I reapply with the same lmo that will expire in june? the employer is willing to update the job offer and is also qwwilling to help me.
    I havent found anything that states that i cant reapply with same LMO
    What do you think? Is it possible or not?
    if not, why not?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Tania

      You can apply for the same LMO provided your employer is willing to do this. But you have to deal with your work permit. The LMO seems not the be the issue here. Applying for a Work Permit does not mean you will get approved because you have an approved LMO. You have to make a strong case for a work permit independently.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  155. Mhariz

    Sir, I have an approved visa. Spousal open work permit. Can i apply a part time job even f i have full time contract with one employer?
    If ever the work permit of my husband expire can i apply work permit of my own if my employer is willing to give an LMO?
    Is there a chance to apply for PR even if low skilled worker?
    Your responce is highly apriciated.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mhariz

      Since you have a spousal work permit, that means its an Open Work permit. You can therefore work two jobs and one can be part time. If your husband’s work permit expires, you can yourself have your employer apply for an LMO and if your employer is successful you can then apply for your own work permit based on that LMO. For a PR, you would have to complete our online immigration assessment in order for us to see if you qualify.
      Best Michael

      Reply
  156. Nayan

    Dear Mr. Michael
    My dreams to work in Canada since long time currently working as Housekeeping Supervisor 2012 apply for work permit to Canada from abu dhabi as a Cleaning supervisor i got mail from visa officer your application refused coz given IELTS result not satisfy. my question is if i will apply as light duty cleaner again its effect my application or not please kindly advice me.thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Nayan

      I understand your dream. Many of our clients have the same dream to work in Canada. If you are applying for a work permit as a Housekeeping Supervisor, that could be difficult but not impossible. In most cases, work permits require highly skilled jobs. You can complete our online immigration assessment form and we can see if we can help
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  157. Juvy

    Hi Michael,
    If ever the employer extend the expiration date of the previous LMO, possible that the previous LMO will be deleted in the database ?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Juvy

      I am not sure I understand your question. LMO letters have an expiry date. If you do not apply and get approved for a work permit within that date, then your employer will have to apply for a new LMO. All LMOs will be on record with Service Canada. Your employer will therefore have to apply for a new LMO if your current one is expired.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  158. Navin

    I have received and HRDSC letter of canada on 25th Feb. 2014. i want to know that it is true or wrong ? my consultant say me that i will receive LMO till 15th March, 2014. as per hrsdc letter details.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Navin

      You will have to call Service Canada to confirm if this is real. You can also ask for a COPY of the LMO approval letter. That is the best way to authenticate whether what you received is real or not.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  159. mon

    Hi Michael. I’m in canada with a visitor visa . What if I have a job offer in Saskathewan and a LMO, do i need to exit from Canada and get the work permit at the Port of entry or should i go back to my country of origin and get the work permit there?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Mon

      That depends on your country of nationality. If you are from a visa-exempt country you can certainly go to the port of entry and get your work permit. If not, you will have to apply for your Work permit at a Canadian Embassy. You don’t necessarily have to apply for the visa from an Embassy from your home county but it has to be an Embassy outside of Canada.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  160. Ajay

    Hi Michael,

    I am currently a valid open work permit holder and residing in canada. My work permit expires this year and recently I received a job offer from an engineering company. I would like to know whether i need to request for an LMO from the company to apply for extension of work permit or do I need only the official offer letter from the company for the same?

    It would be of great help if you could help me out.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Ajay

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Ajay

      Based on the information you provided, yes you need an LMO from an employer before you apply for a work permit. I assume your work permit was a post graduate work permit for one year. We can assist you with an LMO but need to work with your employer to do this
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  161. Rui

    Hello! I’m thinking of going to Canada and try to find a job working in painting and Dry walls. Is this a good job to get an LMO approved? Should I return then and wait in Portugal or stay in Toronto while we wait for the papers to get approved? I’m so confused…I’ve been sending hundreds of emails to employers but no responses. I guess employers have to meet employees first.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Rui

      Yes you have to get a job offer first. You need to be interviewed and if you are overseas sometimes this could be challenging. If you want to come to Canada you can as a tourist but you will need a tourist visa.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  162. CHARANDEEP

    Hi Michael, im from india I would like to apply for work permit in Canada through one of consultants , please let me know how much total time it takes to get work permit and all process including visa .

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Charandeep

      Thank you for your email. If you wish to apply for a work permit, you would need a job offer in Canada first or you may qualify if you want to start your own business or be transferred to Canada from an existing business. We can assist you with the work visa paper work provided you qualify. You are welcome to contact us
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  163. Manu

    Hello Micheal

    I am currently working on my open work permit which expires on Aug 28 th 2014 and my company has applied for my LMO and its been more than 4 months now, whenever i ask about the status they are saying its still under processing.

    My qusetion is should i continue with the company or should i wait for the LMO result as time is running

    Regards
    Manu

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Manu
      I can’t answer that question. But 4 months is a long time to wait for an LMO decision. Does your company use a lawyer to help them with their LMO processing? It should generally not take that long. If you don’t trust your company then perhaps you should seek other employment.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  164. manthan

    Hello Sir . my name is Manthan

    I am from india and i have applied for open work permit in saskatchewan regina i have applied on base of
    diploma mechanical engg in january first week 2014 and I was selected the post of manufacturing eng. I
    and i am wating for the LMO and i want to take my wife with me as dependent so tell me sir how much time do LMOs take and its possilble to take my wife?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Manthan

      LMOs generally take a month to process. When you say you want to take your wife as a dependent, you mean under your work permit. If your LMO is approved you can apply for a work permit and include your wife as a dependent. But you will have to wait until your LMO is first approved.
      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  165. Antony

    Respected sir,
    I am currently working(Wendys restaurant, crew member) in winnipeg, manitoba since last may 20th 2013(I am an RN basically in India). My postgraduate work permit is going to expire in coming july 17 th. Will that be a good idea if i apply for LMO to extend my work permit under current employer. ?? My manager is ready to co operate for this process. How long it will take to get lmo and work permit…??? Some of my friends says it is very difficult to get LMO in winnipeg..?Is that true..? What would be the cost for LMO if i go through a lawyer for an LMO…? Waiting for an early reply sir…Thanking you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Antony

      You could have your employer for an LMO but your position as a Wendys restaurant crew member would likely not qualify. Employment positions that would qualify for LMOs usually are more specialized. Depending on what your education and employment background is you may or may not qualify. Also your employer has to show a demonstrated need to hire a foreign worker and is unable to fill the position with a local worker. In your case this may prove difficult. The key is to prepare a strong LMO case.
      Best of luck
      Michael

      Reply
  166. shrikant

    Dear sir,
    Thank so much for your reply. Trust me your suggestions are really helpful for us.
    I would like to request you to please explain entire LMO process if I am trying from india.
    It will help me and many of my friends to understand real timefrem and reason of getting refused.

    Waiting for Your Reply.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Shrikant

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Shirkant
      For more information on the LMO process go to our website on LMO processing.

      If you need our help contract us!
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  167. mazhar

    I have employed a TFW, and his work permit is expiring in Mar 5, 2014. I have already
    applied for a new LMO for the same foreign worker for extension on jan 01,2014 .
    I did all the effort during this time to hire a Canadian but could not find.
    My question is
    the foreign with get the LMO within the time frame or he has to leave the
    Canada and come back when he will get the LMO +ve.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mazhar
      Your employee can stay in Canada pending a new LMO but he or she cannot work if the WP expires. During that time the employee should apply for an extension of his or her Temporary Residence in Canada. This can get somewhat complicated. There is also the Bridge Work Permit to consider. It is best to get professional assistance in this matter.

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  168. shrikant

    Hello Mr.Michael.

    I really need your expert advise.
    I have received an employment contract on 14 Feb 2014 and my employer processing my LMO for Sudbury Ontario Canada. As per my employer my first LMO result was negative.
    I want to know that
    1 how much time it will take to get a LMO result from now.
    2 what come first LMO result or contract letter
    3 as my first lmo results was negative will that effect now on this attempt.
    4 once I get LMO positive after that hiw much time it take to get VISA
    5 can I take my family once I get visa.
    6 what is the positive lmo ratio of sudbury for restaurant field.
    7 after positive LMO what all thing I need to submit in india to get VISA.

    I apologise to ask many questions as I am really in need.
    Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

    Regards.
    SHRIKANT

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Shrikant
      Thank you for your questions.
      Congratulations on your employment contract. Usually the LMO process takes from 1 to 2 months but it varies depending on the Service Canada office. If you have a negative LMO, that may impact this application but it depends on the case. Once you get a positive LMO, depending where you file your work visa it could take a few months to process. You can include your family if you list them as dependents. I can’t comment on your particular case unless we represent you.

      Best of Luck!
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  169. Dhavajal

    Hello Sir,
    Can you please tell me how long it will take to get work permit on a positive LMO from India and how many chances are there to get work permit on that?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Dhavajal

      Generally it can take one or two months to get a reply from Service Canada for an LMO application. But it depends on the case. If your LMO is approved, you can then apply for a work permit. Of course the chances of success depend on the details of your case. If you are a well qualified applicant, and the employer has a need for you, you should be fine. But of course we would need more details
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  170. Michelle

    Hi Michael,

    I recently was offered a job as a department manager at Walmart in Dauphin, mb. I heard they had an LMO, but the HR manager hasn’t been getting much information on how to obtain the paperwork for it. I was wondering if you could help? Who should she contact in order to get that information? Does them possibly having and Lmo mean it’s for anyone needing one who they’ve offered a job to? Or do they have to apply for individual ones? Thank you!
    Michelle

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Michelle
      Thank you for your question. Congratulations on your job offer! We certainly can assist provided we have full cooperation from your prospective employer. There is paper work on both ends so we need to work with you and with your employer. Feel free to contact us.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  171. Vladimir

    Hi Mr Niren,

    I need advice from expert like you 🙂

    I came from European Union and currently I am working in Edmonton as a carpenter. I have open work permit (working holiday program) and another employer wants to hire me but this new employer has recently (1 month ago) registered company – no T4 form and tax.

    I know that you already respond to similiar question from July 22, 2013 but, can my (new) employer get easier LMO if I already have open work permit and carpenters are huge demand occupation in Edmonton.

    Of course, new employer doesnt have any employees, I would be a first.

    Thank you for help.
    Kind regards,
    Vladimir

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Vladimir

      Since carpenters are in demand, your employer may have an easier time getting an LMO. However, your prospective employer has been running a business less than one year so it may be difficult to get an approve, especially if there are no employees. An application can be made to Service Canada but this won’t be an easy one!
      Good Luck
      Michael

      Reply
  172. Chucky

    Sir, I really love your country. There is a big potential for employment there. Can you tell me please what are the companies or even individuals who are already LMO-approved or employers willing to provide LMO to get things done and realize my dream to working and living in Canada.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Chucky
      Thank you for your kinds words about Canada. I love it too! We do not provide a list of employers willing to apply for LMOs for employees. You will have to search out employment on your own but if you find a job, you can contact us and we can assist with the LMO and the work permit application. Best of Luck!
      Michael

      Reply
  173. Thea

    Hi Michael,
    I want to transfer to another employer, is it possible that a prospect employer can apply an lmo for you while you are still working with your current employer?
    thanks
    Thea

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Thea

      Yes it is. Your prospective employer can do that. But you can’t work for that new employer until you get an approved LMO and work permit
      Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  174. Tracy

    Hi Michael, I am from China. this is my first time to apply LMO and I would like to know what documents does my Canadian company need to prepare for the LMO application?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Tracy

      Thank you for your post. If you are applying for a LMO, your company has to make an application to its local Service Canada office to get an approval. For more information about Work Visas and LMOs you can go here . Documents needed include proof of recruitment efforts, company information and completion of forms. Best of Luck! Michael

      Reply
  175. simpi

    Hi Sir , i am on open postgrad work permit expiring in july 2014 , wanted to know if is okay to move to alberta at this point of time as i am not able to get any employer here for me in ontario

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Simpi

      Since you are on an Open Work permit, you are not tied to any one employer. You certainly can move to Alberta. However, be mindful of the expiry of your work permit. If it expires, you can’t work anywhere until you get an extension. Good luck!
      Michael

      Reply
  176. KIHO

    HI~ I hav been waittin for LMO approval.
    my area for LMO is early childhood educator and the daycare center is in Squamish in BC.
    i’m worried about the wage here… $12 per hour.
    so i found the wage rate for this job in BC from WORK BC online.
    it says minimum 12 mediun 17

    the director here told me when she opened up the childcare center,
    she already was allowed with $12 per hour for all teachers to work here at first from the ministry so it will be ok to get a positive lmo.

    but others never say to me like that… which one is right?
    and when this has some problem, what to do?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello KIHO

      Thank you for your question. For LMOs, the employer must offer you the prevailing wage for your occupation that is posted online. In the past there was some discretion that gave the employer some flexibility in setting the wage. Now this is not the case. The prevailing wage must be exactly what Service Canada accepts. For your occupation in your area you have to determine what that wage is. Contact your local Service Canada for more information. Best Michael

      Reply
  177. Renu

    Dear Sir
    My hubby has applied for work permit for Edmonton , Canada . He has already got “HRSDC” Approval letter and appointment letter from the employer . Now , he is waiting for “LMO” . he has signed all his document and has sent to the employer on the 15th of Nov , 2013 !
    My question is when he will be able to get his “LMO” .

    Thanks
    Renu..

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Renu

      Thank you for your question. If your husband already got his approval letter from Service Canada that means he got his LMO and can not apply for his work permit. How it works is that the employer submits an LMO application and then if it is approved, Service Canada issues the LMO approval letter to the employer. The foreign worker then takes a copy of that letter and applies for the work permit.

      I hope that clarifies this. If you need help you can contact us
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  178. Em

    Hi there i just wanna ask the current processing time of lmo in alberta, its an unnamed lmo so i heard that it is faster than usual processing of lmo thanks .

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Em

      I am not sure about where you got your information. Processing times for LMOs generally are 6 to 8 weeks but that always changes. You can contact your local Service Canada office an inquire to get up to date and accurate information about processing times.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  179. surya

    Hi Michael,

    My LMO has been re-applied in sept 2013 again after my July 2013 application was returned back due to rules change. Any idea what are the timelines in Ontario for IT Manager side.

    Thanks
    Madhavi

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Surya

      Thank you for your question. Timelines for Ontario for LMO’s we are told are around 4 to 6 weeks generally. But if there are some complications, your LMO can take longer.
      Best of Luck
      Michael

      Reply
  180. Ritesh

    Hi,

    me and my wife are a working professional working in India, i am looking to migrate to canada, looking for a employer with LMO, don’t know the procedure and how and where to approach to get work permit or LMO, Please if any one can help getting us in Canada.
    Apologize if this is not the right place for my query and seek help.

    Thanks,
    Ritesh

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Ritesh

      Thank you for your question. You may be able to qualify to immigrate to Canada. In order to get an LMO you would need to first find a Canadian employer. However, you can complete our online immigration assessment to get started.

      Best Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  181. andrew

    Hello.

    Can you please give me some initial advice. I have previously worked for a small firm in Banff who have provided me with work visas over the last 5 years (summer work only). Sadly they have decided that although they would love to have me back and have the work for me, they don’t want to have to apply for an LMO anymore as it was simply too much time and hassle constantly chasing up, updating/ submitting more forms. My question is, would it be beneficial to use a lawyer bearing in mind the job is only for 6 months. They would have work for me all year, but the winter would be on a self-employed basis. In the past i have stayed until after xmas, living on the money i saved in the summer, came back to the UK to wait for a new LMO and then headed back to Banff.
    Many thanks.
    Andrew Saye

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Andrew

      This is a common occurrence. Many Canadian employers do not want to go though the LMO process. Using a lawyer to help with the LMO process usually helps if the lawyer is good. The employer can contact a lawyer (we can help) and we can discuss options to make the process smoother. Of course we would have to ensure that you would qualify for an LMO given your credentials before the process proceeds.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  182. Shahed

    Hi Michael,

    I have rcvd one pre approved LMO. I want to know how I can check this LMO is correct or fake?

    Thanks.
    //Shahed

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Shahed

      You can check if your LMO is genuine by contacting the Service Canada office that approved it.

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  183. chaitra

    HI Michael,

    I am in a confused state now. I have a positive LMO and the work permit Valid till May 2014. I am NOT changing my EMPLOYER but the client i would work for would be getting changed, should i get a new LMO? I repeat, there is NO change in employer/Job description/Location only my project would get changed please let me know if i need to apply for a new LMO/ can i not apply for accelerated LMO?

    PLease Help, Your Help would be highly appreciated

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Chaitra

      Thank you for your question

      If the project for which you got your original LMO was essential to the application and was the basis of the approval, then a new project may require a new LMO application. It all depends on the situation. We would have to look at the specific case before recommending a course of action.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  184. fritz

    Hi Michael,

    I applied for a WP last July 4, 2013. I have not gotten any response yet and the LMO will expire on September 20, 2013. Do I need to ask for a new LMO from my employer if my WP will not be processed before the LMO expires?

    Please advise.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Fritz

      If your current LMO expires and you do not have a WP yet you may indeed need a new one. But if you applied for your WP before the current LMO expires, then that was a good decision and since you did so in July, you should be hearing soon. The time is tight I know.
      Let us know what happens
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  185. Laarni

    Hello Michael,
    I’ll be leaving for Canada Sept4, 2013 on a tourist visa. I have an employer there who’s willing to apply for an LMO and get me hired. Can I apply for a working visa while inside Canada?
    Thanks,
    Laarni

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Laarni

      You can’t apply for a WP from within Canada. However you yourself can remain in Canada if you have valid status while the WP is pending.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  186. pete

    hi my name is pete and i have a job offer as a carpenter in montreal do i need a lmo. and a ccq. thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Pete
      Congratulations on getting a job offer. Since it is in Quebec, you will have to go through the Quebec immigration system and will need a CSQ as well as the other permits to get approved for your work in Canada.
      You may been an LMO depending on your case. We would need more details.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  187. Sean

    Hello Michael,

    You are doing a great job by answering concerns of people.

    I have a situation, my employer is new and getting his company registered by end of this month. Can he do the LMO process for me? Clearly, he wouldn’t have T4 forms and other tax or required information since the company is new.

    So what are the steps for a new employer to get LMO.

    Please advise.

    BR
    SC

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Sean

      If your company is that new, it may be hard for the company to sponsor you for an LMO. Usually you would need a company that has been operational for at least one year and have at least one full time Canadian employee on payroll. Brand new companies are difficult to get LMO cases approved.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  188. Chakradhar

    Dear Sir,
    I am working for an Indian software company. I have LMO for one of the client in Canada. After that due to some reasons, project didn’t get started. Does the same LMO works for another client in Canada. Or that LMO is psecific to claient and location.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Chakradhar

      Each LMO is per employee. You can’t transfer LMOs to other workers. You have to apply for a separate LMO for each worker.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  189. Diarmuid

    Dear sir, I started working for a company in November 2012, on an LMO. I got terminated 4 weeks ago, but now the company want me back. Is it a big deal to re-hire me on the same LMO, or how does it work??

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Diamuld

      Thank you for your question. If the company terminated you but now wants you back they may need to apply for another LMO. Once you are terminated your work visa is no longer valid. This could get somewhat complicated.

      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  190. Linh

    Dear Sir,

    I am so stress out because of my situation.
    I have been working for 6 months but my employers refuse to fill in LMO.

    Now my cousin would like to hire me. I am wondering if my cousin neeed to prove the Advertising/Recruiting efforts when apply LMO. I am working under Post Graduate work permit.

    and Can my cousin apply LMO while I am still working at my company now?
    Please assist me cause im in rush now.

    Thank in advance.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Lihn

      I am sorry about your situation. If your cousin’s wish to hire you their company would likely have to go through the LMO process. We can assist you with this but we will need your information and cousins’s information.

      Regards
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  191. parvez

    Dear Sir,

    I have received LMO and has work permit Valid for 2 yrs . I have also applied for PR under CEC. My employers have offerred me a supervisory position. Do they have to apply for LMO again? Since I am not changing the employers , am I able to to take the job. Your assistance is greatly appreciated

    Reply
  192. Rahul

    Hello Sir,

    I have got a job offer letter from an employer in nova scotia. They have applied for LMO and please let me know usually how long will take to process the lmo application.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Rahul
      Thank you for your question. The LMO application can take usually up to 3 months to process but if it’s in Nova Scotia the process should be less than that. Let us know if we can be of assistance.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  193. ALEN

    Hi, Mr. Michael,

    I have an approved LMO, but there is not My name on it there is, no name only application and job number!
    It stand: the name of employer and his info, the NOC number and wage, duration, benefits…
    The employer sad that He apply on my name, should My name be on the paper or not, please help, I should fly five days from today!!??

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Alen

      That is strange. Have your employer call Service Canada to get this LMO issue resolved.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  194. kate

    hi sir, the expiration was May 14 but i applied online May 9 then i got confirmation from courier that the CIC received my application already. this means not possible to process?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Kate

      If your LMO expired on May 14, and you have not applied for a work permit, you will need to get a new LMO with a new expiry date.
      You should contact your employer in Canada offering you the job to inquire whether they are prepared to apply for a new LMO.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  195. narayan

    hello sir, i have got job offer letter in Canada but how to get LMO pleasae help me good suggestion.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Narayan

      Congratulations on getting a job offer. If you need an LMO, your employer has to apply for one. We can assist with this. But your employer must be willing to follow the proper LMO procedure now.

      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  196. kate

    Hi Mr Michael, I recieved my LMO last May 07, 2013 then after reading the expiration will be May 14, 2013. May 09 i applied online for the i courier next day to embassy and get a confirmation from courier company that the embassy recieved May 12, 2013. I would like to ask is it still valid to process the work permit?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Kate
      If your LMO has expired you can’t apply for a WP. Rather you need a new LMO and then you must apply for a WP before it expires.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  197. sreekanth

    Hi Michael, I am currently working in India as a software developer with 5 yrs of experience in IT. I have Job offer from a canadian based company through US consultancy. Now my US consultancy has applied for LMO 3 weeks before but they posted the Job in Dice for two weeks before applying for the LMO and they dint even mention the wages in the website. I read somewhere that to get LMO employer should post the job in the canadian website and should mention the wages. What are the chances of getting LMO for my case?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Sreekanth

      Thank you for your question. It is important that the Canadian employer follow all the procedures set out by Service Canada when applying for an LMO. They have to offer you the prevailing wage for the occupation in Canada. It is hard to determine what your chances of getting an LMO are given that we are not handling your employer’s case. LMOs are taking a few months now to process.

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  198. Shoaib

    I have get a job in Canada lloydminster I am waiting for my positive lmo can u tell me when I can get confirmation letter from hrsdc? How London time it will will take ?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Shoaib

      Thank you for your question. LMO processing could take usually one month but varies depending on the Service Canada office. Once you are approved then your work permit gets processed at an Embassy.

      Reply

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