Hire permanent workers: How to make a job offer

Note: We made some changes to Express Entry, including the number of CRS points awarded for valid job offers, changing the time period for a valid job offer from permanent to one year, and giving LMIA exemptions for certain jobs.

These changes make it easier for businesses to find candidates through Express Entry, and for skilled workers to secure a job offer. Find out more about these changes.

Are you an employer who wants to offer a permanent job to a foreign worker so they can immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker? You can do this with a valid job offer through Express Entry.

Express Entry is a system used to manage applications for certain economic immigration programs.

If you are a Canadian employer, you can hire Express Entry candidates to meet your labour needs when you can't find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies.

Skilled work includes jobs under Skill Type 0 and Skill Level A and B in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The NOC is a system we use to classify jobs (occupations). Jobs are grouped based on the type of work a person does and the types of job duties. Find out more about the NOC.

You will first need to try and find a Canadian or permanent resident to fill the job. You will need to meet some requirements, including posting your job ad on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, and advertising in two other places.

Once you do this, if you are still not able to fill your job, you can apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) through Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada. If they agree there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job, you will get a positive LMIA.

You can then offer a job to an Express Entry candidate, supported by the LMIA (or, if you have a person you want to hire who is not in the pool, tell them to create an Express Entry profile). Then, they may be invited to apply for permanent residence in the next invitation round from the Express Entry pool.

On November 19, 2016, the additional points awarded for a job offer changed. Candidates with a valid job offer in a NOC 00 job will now get 200 points, and those with a valid job offer in any other NOC 0, A or B job will now get 50 points. The system no longer awards 600 points for a job offer.

We process the majority of complete applications (those that include all supporting documents) in six months or less.

What employers need to do

To hire an Express Entry candidate, you must:

  • get a positive LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada, in most cases and
  • offer a job to the candidate (for at least one year after they get a permanent resident visa) supported by an LMIA (unless the job is exempt from needing one)

Get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (if you need one)

When you get your LMIA, you will need to give the LMIA number to the candidate.

You do not need to get an LMIA if:

  1. the candidate is already working temporarily in Canada in a NOC 0, A or B job for you or your company, and you
    • supported their work permit application with an LMIA and
    • now want to extend a one year job offer to them after they get their permanent resident visa.
  2. the candidate:
    • is currently working temporarily in Canada
    • has a valid work permit for a NOC 0, A or B job with your or your company’s name on it and was exempt from an LMIA under
      • an international agreement (such as the North America Free Trade Agreement)
      • a federal-provincial agreement OR
      • the "Canadian interests" category and
    • has one year of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) for you or your company.

Tell your candidate to create an Express Entry profile or update their existing one in their account with the:

  • employer name and address
  • start date
  • LMIA number (if this applies) and
  • NOC Code related to the job

Most foreign workers can work temporarily in Canada while we process their application for permanent residence. They would need a separate temporary work permit application and processing fee. If they are already working here, they can keep doing so.

Employers must also pay the regular LMIA processing fee to support a temporary work permit application. There are no fees for an LMIA supporting an application for permanent residence.

Find out if you need to apply for an LMIA.

Make a valid job offer

A job offer (supported by an LMIA, if needed) has different requirements depending on which program the candidate is eligible for.

For the Federal Skilled Worker Program, a valid job offer must be:

  • for at least one year after we issue the permanent resident visa, non-seasonal and full time, and
  • Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) in the NOC.

For the Federal Skilled Trades Program, a valid job offer must:

  • 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.

For the FSTP, the job offer can be made by up to two employers.

For skilled trade jobs (those with codes that start with 72, 73, 82, 92 as well as 632 and 633 in the 2011 NOC), the job offer can be made by up to two employers. The one year of work experience must be for the employer(s) making the job offer.

For the Canadian Experience Class, a job offer is not required but applicants can get additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System for a job offer..

In order for the candidate to get points, the offer must be:

  • for at least one year after the permanent resident visa is issued, non-seasonal and full time, and
  • Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) in the NOC.

If recruiting from within Canada

If you have a positive LMIA for an employee with a temporary work permit, and you want to make them a job offer, the LMIA may still be valid under Express Entry.

 
 
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