Arranged Employment

Are you are an employer, and you would like to offer a permanent job to a foreign worker who wants to immigrate to Canada? You can do this with an offer of arranged employment under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

CIC gives priority to new FSW applications with a qualifying job offer.

Applicants under the FSTP must either have a job offer, or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to be eligible for the program.

  • Processing times: Most FSW cases are finalized within 11 months. (Since the FSTP only began in 2013, we do not have data on processing times yet.)
  • Employers need to:
  • Most foreign workers can be recruited temporarily while we process their application for permanent residence.

A qualifying job offer must:

  • for Federal Skilled Worker Program:
    • be permanent, non-seasonal and full time, and
    • be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list,
  • for Federal Skilled Trades Program:
    • be for at least one year of full-time work,
    • be Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)  in one of the eligible occupations, and
    • have wages and working conditions comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation.

Note: For the FSTP, the employment offer can be made by up to two employers.

If recruiting from overseas

Federal Skilled Worker Program

You must apply to ESDC for an LMIA. The employment must be permanent, non-seasonal and full time. Wages and working conditions offered for the job must be comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

You must apply to ESDC for an LMIA. The employment must be for at least one year, continuous, and full-time. Up to two employers can commit to employing the skilled tradesperson for at least one year of continuous full-time work. This means at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week.

For either program. ESDC must assess the LMIA application. If a positive LMIA is issued, you would then provide this, along with a job offer letter, to the foreign worker to include in their immigration application.

If recruiting someone already working in Canada

Most people who are already working in Canada can submit their FSW or FST application (with a qualifying job offer) directly to CIC to be considered. In such cases, they do not need to apply separately to ESDC for an LMIA.

There are a few exceptions, such as when the job offer is issued by a different employer than on the applicant’s existing work permit.

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