Offer of employment – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

Note: The points you can get for a job offer have changed. You can now get:

  • 200 CRS points for all NOC 00 jobs with a valid job offer
  • 50 CRS points for any other NOC 0, A and B jobs with a valid job offer

Also, job offers now must be for at least one year, instead of permanent. Find out more about recent changes to Express Entry.

If you have a job offer (offer of arranged employment), you need to update your Express Entry profile in your account with:

  • employer name and address
  • start date
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment number (if applicable)
  • NOC code related to the job

A job offer must be in writing, and must set out details of the job they are offering you, such as:

  • your pay and deductions
  • your job duties
  • conditions of employment, like your hours of work.

A work permit on its own is not a job offer, even if it is an open work permit.

A job offer from an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada does not count as valid.

Federal Skilled Workers and Canadian Experience Class

A valid job offer has to be:

  • made by one employer
  • for continuous, paid, full-time work (at least 30 hours a week),
  • for work that is:
    • for at least one year after we issue your permanent resident visa
    • not seasonal
    • not on a contract basis, and
  • in a job that is Skill Type 0, or Skill Levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC)

and either:

  1. the employer making you the job offer has a new positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada that approves the offer and names you and your position

    or

  2. you are currently working in Canada in a NOC 0, A or B job on a work permit that was issued based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment, and

    • you are working for an employer listed on your work permit,
    • you are authorized to work in Canada on the day you apply for a permanent resident visa, and when the visa is issued, and
    • your current employer made you an offer to give you a full-time job for at least one year if you are accepted as a permanent resident

    or

  3. you have a valid work permit for a NOC 0, A or B job that is exempt from needing an LMIA, and you:

    • are currently working for an employer specified on the work permit
    • have one year of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) for that employer and
    • have a valid job offer from that employer for at least one year after we issue your permanent resident visa.

Federal Skilled Trades workers

A valid job offer has to be:

  • made by up to two employers,
  • for continuous, paid, full-time work (at least 30 hours a week),
  • for work that is for at least one year,
  • in a skilled trade occupation (job with codes that start with 72, 73, 82, 92 as well as 632 and 633 in the 2011 National Occupational Classification [NOC]),

and

  1. the employer(s) making you the job offer must have a new positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada that approves the offer and names you and your position,

    or

  2. you are currently working in Canada in a skilled trade job listed above on a work permit that was issued based on a positive LMIA, and

    • you are working for an employer listed on your work permit,
    • you are authorized to work in Canada on the day you apply for a permanent resident visa and when the visa is issued, and
    • your current employer(s) offered you a full-time job if you are accepted as a permanent resident, in a job that is in the same three digit level of the NOC as your current job, for at least one year.

    or

  3. you have a valid work permit for one of the above listed skilled trade occupation and that is exempt from needing an LMIA, and you:

    • are currently working for an employer specified on the work permit
    • have one year of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) for the employer(s) on your work permit who is making the offer and
    • have a valid job offer from that employer for at least one year after we issue your permanent resident visa.

Examples of a valid and non-valid job offer

Note: In both examples, the job offer is supported by an LMIA as set out above, or is exempted from requiring an LMIA (see below).

Example 1

A heavy equipment operator is hired by two companies. Both are listed on the LMIA. Each employer is offering 16 hours of work per week for a minimum of one year.

This job offer is valid.

Example 2

A plumber is offered a position with a construction company for 25 hours per week. It is on a non-contract basis.

This job offer is not valid. A job must be for at least 30 hours a week to be full time.

Jobs exempt from needing an LMIA

There are only two reasons the employer making you the offer does not need to get a new LMIA:

  1. if you are already working for them with a work permit based on that LMIA
  2. if you work in a job that does not need an LMIA.

Find out more about jobs that are exempt.

If your work permit has expired, if you are working on an open work permit, or have a job offer from an employer not listed on your work permit, your employer must get a new LMIA.

All applicants

IRCC officers must be convinced that you will be capable of doing the work you are offered. If the job is regulated in Canada, officers must also be convinced that you will likely qualify to be licensed or certified by the relevant regulatory body once you are in Canada.

Note: In Canada, provinces and territories are responsible for designating professions and trades in their jurisdiction. Designation and certification requirements vary from province to province. Get more information on licensing and regulatory requirements for specific professions or contact the relevant body in the province/territory where you plan to live.

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