Labour Market Impact Assessments
Under Canadian immigration law, a Labour Market Impact Assessment, or LMIA for short, is required for a foreign worker to start working in Canada. Each province, Alberta included, may have specialized foreign worker programs but a LMIA is usually one of the key documents required. Getting an LMIA is not only important but it can be tricky. The immigration law team at Kahane Law Office in Calgary, Alberta will make this process easier for you. Call today: 403-225-8810.
What is an LMIA?
An LMIA is a an assessment that supports the hiring of a foreign worker. Canadian policy is to make sure that foreign workers do not take job opportunities away from a Canadian. The Labour Market Impact Assessment, asses the needs for workers in a specific field. Only if there are not suitable Canadian candidates, can an employer hire a foreign worker. Once you have one, the potential employee needs a copy and we can then help them apply for their work permit.
Who Applies For An LMIA?
While it is in an potential foreign workers best interest to have an LMIA for an employer, it is the employer who requires it. In order to save time and money, the first step for an employer is to determine if they require an LMIA. There are specific exemptions that will allow certain people to be hired without this step in place.
Impact Assessment Exemptions
Most exemptions for LMIAs are based around the International Mobility Program. This program allows for certain people to come to Canada to work in a more streamlined process. Examples of people who are able to work in Canada without an assessment include:
- Specific Permanent Resident Applicants
- The husband, wife, partner of highly skilled foreign workers
- Canadian university international student granduates
- People covered under NAFTA / other free trade agreements
- IEC (International Experience Canada) program members
How To Apply For LMIAs In Canada
Call us. While some employers will make the applications on their own, the process is not always straight forward. By allowing our firm to make the application for you, you are able to focus on your business. Many employer applicants, come to us after they are frustrated by the process or have had an application rejected.
Flat Rate Fees For Market Impact Assessment Applications
We believe that most people want to know what their legal fees will be before they hire a immigration lawyer or law firm. We know our business and what is involved in the process. This knowledge allows us to give you a firm quote for making the application for you. Exceptional service and peace of mind is something that our clients value.
Just A Phone Call Or Email Away
We can start the application process for an LMIA right away. Call our free Canadian immigration lawyer line or email us today. The fastest way to reach us is by sending an email. If you prefer to talk to someone live, call us 1-877-225-8817 today! You can also reach us locally in Calgary at 403-225-8810.