Processing times for LMIA applications are updated

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On October 6, 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. 

Updated LMIA application Processing times are:

Based on statistics from all processing centers, the current average LMIA application processing times have increased only for the Low-wage Stream. 

  • Global Talent Stream – 9 business days
  • Agricultural stream – 11 business days (-1 day)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 6 business days (-3 days)
  • Permanent residence Stream – 58 business days (-5 days)
  • In-home caregivers – 25 business days (-5 days)
  • High wage Stream – 40 business days
  • Low-wage Stream – 45 business days (+1 day)

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About the 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

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process with ESDC

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) determines whether hiring a foreign national will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labor market. The effect of the specific occupation designated by the employer on the labor market is the subject of assessment by ESDC, not whether the foreign national meets the occupational requirements. Based on the information provided by the employer, the ESDC officer determines the appropriate NOC code while reviewing the LMIA application. Join our RSS Feed    Want to know more details about Processing times for LMIA applications are updated” you can contact one of our immigration specialists at  Gunness & Associates.

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