What is an LMIA?

What is an LMIA? And how do I get an LMIA in Edmonton are some of the most common questions Carl Wurfel of Preferred Immigration Services answers daily.  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.

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    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 to it.


    How hard is it to get LMIA approved?

    This application process is very complicated, and any mistakes will lead to failure. After the application fee, ESDC (Service, Canada) can reject the application, and no refund gets issued.  You can send another application after a failure; however, you must start from scratch and pay the application again. 

    Do not get trapped into believing you can accomplish this procedure without any help. Get professional assistance for this process to make sure you have the best chance at success.

    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 labour and skill shortages.   Temporary foreign worker permits are one way 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 issue, 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.   Suppose the country of residency in Canada, as if a foreign national is here on a visit visa. The application must get submitted outside of the country.  In some cases applying within Canada has been possible. You’ll need an LMIA from ESDC (Service Canada).

    What is a job offer letter?

    In this context, a job offer letter is a letter that a Canadian employer gives a Temporary foreign worker that explains the job’s details.  The letter must include;

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

    An offer letter 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 their current country.  You can leverage even low skill positions in Canada over time into a permanent residency.  For example, during an express entry application, Canadian experience adds many points to an application.

    Many employers can advance a foreign national’s position into high skill over time, resulting in a PR path through a high skilled LMIA stream, or quite possibly a PR through PNP or Provincial Nominee Program. Skilled workers can generally apply for PR.  LMIA is the ideal 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?

    Like most others, the Alberta program relies on the Federal Express Entry program to nominate candidates.

    There are many criteria to be accepted into this program, but the result is Permanent residency, so it is well worth the effort. 

    What if my application gets denied?

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

    Why Choose Preferred Immigration?

    Chose a professional from the start and get your expected 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 success rate, contact Carl At Preferred Immigration Services today!

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