ESDC updated processing times for LMIA applications

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LMIA applications

On December 14, 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the processing times for the LMIA applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centers, the current average LMIA processing times have decreased only for the Global Talent Stream. 

  • Global Talent Stream – 6 business days (-3 days)
  • Agricultural stream – 12 business days (+1 day)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 8 business days
  • Permanent residence Stream – 77 business days (+20 days)
  • In-home caregivers – 23 business days (+3 days)
  • High-wage Stream – 44 business days
  • Low-wage Stream – 49 business days

Service Canada is committed to providing a positive client experience to all Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) applicants and recognizes that the program, through its various delivery streams, is critical to addressing labor shortages in Canada and meeting the needs of Canadian businesses.

LMIA application processing times can vary depending on the number of applications received by the TFWP. 

About Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent Stream provides timely, responsive, and predictable client-focused service to assist you in gaining access to highly skilled global talent in order to expand your workforce in Canada and remain competitive on a global scale. This stream is intended for innovative Canadian firms that have been referred to Service Canada by a designated referral partner and require unique and specialized foreign nationals to scale up and grow. It’s also intended for Canadian businesses looking to fill a high-demand, highly-skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List.

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