This morning at 7 am I received an email from Service Canada informing me that the LMIA application for our employee Kathi had been approved. What a great way to end a week! She has been a wonderful employee for the past two years, particularly in applying the financial expertise she acquired in her business degree with her language skills.
When I told her this morning, I first informed her, with a somber expression, that I had some serious news for her. I then told her that she would be paying taxes in Canada for the rest of her life. She got it instantly, looked at me with an expression I usually get for my weird office humour, and then burst into a smile.
When Service Canada asked me why I used another RCIC, Carl Wurfel of Preferred Immigration Services in Edmonton, I was forthcoming. I said that LMIAs were not a major part of my practice and his firm was highly regarded. I also said that I did not want to do it myself because if it failed, I would be letting down a friend, not just an employee. They accepted the answer.
So well done Carl!
Like all of you, I generally don’t get to see the results of successful applications I’ve been a part of. I stay in touch as best I can, but people move on with their lives. This one is different. I get to watch this success every day. Perhaps Kathi will be a competitor some day (she’s that good) but for now, it’s a great way to end a week. She’ll be celebrating with her friends. I’ll have a cool one on my patio this evening, watch the sunset, and feel very content.