Arranged employment/Labour Market Impact Assessment process

Are you an employer who wants to offer a permanent job to a foreign national so they can immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker? You can do this with an offer of arranged employment under the Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates who have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from a Canadian employer will be invited to apply for permanent residence the next time the system draws applicants from the Express Entry pool.

CIC will process the majority of complete applications (i.e. applications including all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.

Employers need to

  • provide a job offer supported by an Labour Market Impact Assessment, and
  • get a positive LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), unless the candidate is already working in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker in a position for which the employer already acquired an LMIA and the employer now wishes to extend a permanent job offer to this candidate. If the position or person was previously exempt from an LMIA, then a new LMIA will be required under Express Entry. When you get your LMIA, it will have an associated number that you will need to give to your Express Entry candidate.
  • tell their candidate to create an Express Entry profile  or update their existing one in MyCIC with the
    • Employer name and address,
    • Start date,
    • LMIA number, and
    • NOC Code related to the job

Note: Most foreign workers can be recruited temporarily while we process their application for permanent residence. This would require a separate temporary work permit application and processing fee. Employers must also pay the regular LMIA processing fee.

A job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment 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.

  • For Canadian Experience Class (not required but applicants can get extra points under the Comprehensive Ranking System for a job offer)
    • 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.

If recruiting from within Canada

If you have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment for an employee holding a temporary work permit to whom you wish to extend a permanent job offer, the LMIA may still be valid under Express Entry. However, if the position or person was previously exempt from an LMIA, then a new LMIA will be required under Express Entry.

Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

 
 
 
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