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How do I hire a temporary foreign worker?

There are four basic steps to hire a temporary foreign worker.

  1. Find out if you need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which verifies that there is a need for the temporary worker to fill the job you are offering and that there is no Canadian worker available to do the job. Read about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to find out more about LMIAs and where to apply, if required.
  2. Pay the employer compliance fee, and submit an offer of employment to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada through the Employer Portal if you do not need an LMIA. You must provide the offer of employment number you receive to the worker you want to hire. They will need this number to submit their work permit application.
  3. Have the worker complete the work permit application.
  4. Make sure the worker knows they will receive a letter of introduction when their work permit has been approved. The actual work permit is issued by a border services officer at the port of entry when the worker arrives in Canada. If the worker is already in Canada and is eligible to apply for a work permit from within Canada, the worker will be mailed their work permit directly.

For more information, see the page Hire temporary workers.

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