What is an LMIA and how do I get an LMIA in Edmonton are some the most common questions Carl Wurfel of Preferrred Immigration Services answers on a daily basis.  When I first asked the question, I Googled it beforehand and got this result. Of course, I was immediately confused so I asked Carl to help guide me.  He helps thousands of people in the Edmonton area with their immigration related concerns every year.  I wrote down some of the answers for others to try to figure out the process as well.

LMIA Edmonton

An (LMIA) or Labour Market Impact Assessment is a document that a Canadian Employer may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.  The following criteria must be met for the LMIA to be approved

  • There is a need for a foreign worker to fill a job
  • No Canadian worker is available to do the job
  • The process for applying has been correctly adhered to

If the LMIA is to be successful the employer also has to be the party that applies for it. 

How hard is it to get LMIA approved?

This application process is very complicated and any mistakes will lead to a failure, this failure is after the application fee has been accepted by ESDC (Service, Canada) and no refund is returned after a failure has occurred.  Another application can be sent in subsequent to a failure however, all the work must be redone and the application fee must be paid again.  

Do not get trapped into believing you can accomplish this procedure without any help, get professional assistance for this process make sure the help you get has many years of experience.

What is a TFW or Temporary Foreign Worker?

To understand what an LMIA is first we have to understand the TFWP process.  The Temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) allows Canadian Employers to hire temporary foreign workers (TFW’s) to fill labor and skill shortages.   This is one of the ways a person who is not a Canadian Citizen can immigrate to Canada and become employed. 

TFWP is one of the most common and successful ways foreign workers can become employed in Canada 

What happens once the LMIA is approved?

Once an employer gets the LMIA, the TFW or Temporary Foreign Worker can apply for a work permit.

To apply for a work permit, a worker needs the following:

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

Once an LMIA has been issued, you must provide a copy of the confirmation letter to a foreign worker and they must make an application for a work permit from the country of current residency.   If the country of residency is Canada as in the case that a foreign national is here on a visit visa the application must be made for the work permit outside of the country, although in some cases applying within Canada has been possible.  You’ll need an LMIA from ESDC, (Service Canada).

What is a job offer letter?

A job offer letter in this context is a letter that a Canadian employer gives a Temporary foreign worker that explains the details of the job.  The letter must include;

  1. Pay, and deductions
  2. Job duties
  3. Conditions of employment

 This will be required for the TFWP to be accepted.

Can the LMIA program lead to achieving Permanent Residency in Edmonton?

The LMIA is often the beginning step to achieving Canadian Permanent Residency.  Once a foreign national has an LMIA they can apply for a work permit in the country they currently reside.  Even low skill positions in Canada can be leveraged over time into a permanent residency.  For example, during an express entry application for instance the result of having Canadian experience adds many points to an application.

Many employers can advance a foreign national’s position into high skill over time, which can either result in a PR path through a high skilled LMIA stream, or quite possible a PR through PNP or Provincial Nominee Program, skilled workers can generally apply for PR.  This means the LMIA is the quintessential tool for foreign nationals who would like to enter and, remain in Canada.

If you are looking for high skilled or low skilled positions and cannot find a Canadian interested in the position the LMIA application is a great way to have your position filled.

What is the APNP program?

The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program was created in each province individually.  The Alberta program like most of the others relies on the Federal Express Entry program to nominate candidates. 

There is a large number of criteria to be accepted into this program but the result is Permanent residency so it is well worth the effort.  Further information can be found here.

What if my application was denied?

If your company has had an LMIA application in the system that has not been approved but you still feel you require an LMIA and TFW (Temporary Foreign Worker) for the position please call Preferred Immigration as there may be a possibility the application and process was not handled the best possible way.   We have worked on many very difficult files which have ended in a positive LMIA, it is one of our specialties and we have accomplished LMIA’s for many years at Preferred.

Why Chose Preferred Immigration?

Chose a professional from the start and get exceptional results the first time.  The LMIA process is complicated and has many moving parts.  It is unforgiving of errors. 

If you want it done quickly professionally and have a high rate of success contact Carl like I did at Preferrred Immigration Services Today!