LMIA for Permanent Residency Support with NewSteps Immigration Consultants in Surrey, BC, Canada
In the dynamic landscape of Canadian business, overcoming labour shortages and securing the right talent is essential for sustained growth. If your business is facing these challenges, consider looking beyond Canada’s borders. NewSteps Immigration Consultants in Surrey, BC, offers expertise in helping businesses access a pool of foreign workers to address temporary labour shortages when Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not readily available.
A crucial step in hiring foreign workers is obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. Formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO), the LMIA grants employers the authority to hire temporary foreign workers. It serves as evidence that there is a genuine need for a foreign worker to fill a specific role, and no qualified Canadian worker is available for the job.
Hiring Skilled Foreign Workers for Permanent Residency:
Employers aiming to support the permanent residency application of skilled foreign workers can obtain an LMIA. By making a job offer under the Express Entry system, the employer can align with the criteria of the following economic programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Under the FSTP, the employment offer can be made by up to two employers. The foreign worker is awarded 50-200 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points (based on NOC code) for an LMIA-based job offer. Importantly, this program does not impact the Open Work Permit status of the foreign worker.
LMIA to Support Permanent Residency Application:
This specific type of LMIA is designed to support the permanent residency application of a foreign national. Employers hire skilled foreign nationals only after their immigration application is processed, and permanent residency is approved. This option comes with no processing fee.
LMIA Supporting Both Permanent Residency & Work Permit Application:
For employers who wish to hire skilled foreign nationals temporarily while their application for permanent residence is being processed by IRCC, a dual intent LMIA is the solution. This option involves paying the processing fee and can support the foreign national’s application to IRCC for both:
- Permanent residency
- Temporary work permit
Purpose of LMIA:
The primary purpose of LMIA is to ensure that foreign workers are not chosen over qualified Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents for available jobs. A positive LMIA signifies that hiring foreign nationals in a specified occupation and at a designated work location is likely to have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labor market.
Empower your business with a skilled and diverse workforce through LMIA for Permanent Residency Support. Contact NewSteps Immigration Consultants today.