LMIA processing times updated

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LMIA processing times

On July 10, 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the LMIA processing times for LMIA applications under various streams. 

Service Canada is committed to providing all Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) applicants excellent client service and acknowledges the significance of the program in solving Canada’s labor shortages and meeting the needs of Canadian businesses.

Depending on the number of applications the TFWP receives, processing times for LMIA applications may vary. Once you get a positive response from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about your LMIA application, work permits will then be granted.

LMIA processing times update for July 2023

Based on statistics from all processing centers, the current average LMIA processing times have increased for the Permanent residence Stream, In-home caregivers, and Low-wage Stream. 

  • Global Talent Stream – 13 business days (-7 days)
  • Agricultural stream – 11 business days (-3 days)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 7 business days (-1 day)
  • Permanent residence Stream – 54 business days (+8 days)
  • In-home caregivers – 23 business days (+2 days)
  • High-wage Stream – 40 business days (-1 day)
  • Low-wage Stream – 50 business days (+1 day)

If you’re an employer and looking to get an LMIA and hire a foreign skilled worker for your business get an assessment with Gunness & Associates


What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

Before hiring a foreign worker, a Canadian business may require to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). A positive LMIA will demonstrate that a foreign worker is required to fill the position. Additionally, it will demonstrate that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is qualified for the position. A confirmation letter is another name for a positive LMIA.

The worker can submit a work permit application after the employer receives the LMIA.

Applicants for work permits must meet the following requirements:

  • a job offer letter, 
  • a contract, 
  • a copy of the LMIA, and 
  • the LMIA number

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