ESDC updated processing times for LMIA applications

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times for LMIA applications

On September 12, 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the processing times for LMIA applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centers, the current average LMIA processing times have increased for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, In-home caregivers, and High-wage Stream. 

Updated processing times for LMIA applications are:

  • Global Talent Stream – 9 business days (-1 day)
  • Agricultural stream – 12 business days (-4 days)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 9 business days (+3 days)
  • Permanent residence Stream – 63 business days (+3 days)
  • In-home caregivers – 30 business days (+6 days)
  • High-wage Stream – 40 business days (+3 days)
  • Low-wage Stream – 44 business days

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

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

Before hiring a foreign worker, a Canadian business may be required 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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