The Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA ( former Labour Market Opinion (LMO) ) is a report issued by Employment and Social Development Canada that outlines the impact that hiring a foreign worker would have on Canada’s labour market. Employers need to obtain this assessment in order to hire foreign workers. If the assessment is positive, a report outlining the conditions of the job being offered by the employer, the names of the employees, and also the expiry date of the LMIA will be listed in the document issued by ESDC.
Once a positive LMIA has been issued, it must be forwarded to the employees abroad to enable them to obtain a visa and/or a work permit that will allow them entry to the country with the rights and obligations of any other worker. If the worker is already in Canada, a work permit renewal application must be submitted. Immigration Pros can also handle the processing of the work permit and visas for the workers abroad or the work permit extensions inside Canada.
Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have made it more difficult for employers to obtain a positive LMIA. We strongly recommend hiring the services of an expert. We have successfully processed hundreds of applications. We have a specialized team that only deals with Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA). We will gladly provide you with a free assessment of your particular case and tell you the possible routes to which you can obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment.