LMIA Work Permits

A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker. A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. In addition, it will also show that upon sufficient advertisement, no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to fill the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes also called a confirmation letter. If the employer needs a LMIA, they must apply for one. Once an employer gets a LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit also known as LMIA Work Permit.

To apply for a work permit, a worker needs from the employer:

  • A job offer letter
  • A copy of the LMIA, and
  • The LMIA number

In addition, you must also demonstrate that you meet the required experience and/or education to fill the position. You can support this by submitting letters of previous employment in the same or similar role stated on the LMIA. It is very important that an applicant must apply for LMIA work permit within six months of the issuance of the LMIA decision letter or else the letter would expire and new LMIA application must be submitted.

When a work permit is issued, it will be an employer specific work permit meaning that you may only work for the employer stated on your work permit and the occupation and location stated on your work permit.