Five Expert Tips to Canadian Employers for Successful LMIA Application
Canada is absolutely a great place to work and live. Foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to Canada for a better job opportunity must have either a permanent residence card or a valid Canada work permit. Canada Permanent Residence card is valid for five years and allows its holders to study, live and work in Canada. Work permit allows its holders to work in Canada for a Canadian employer under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to recruit foreign nationals other than Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada to meet labour shortages. For that, they require LMIA, Labour Market Impact Assessment. In simple words, LMIA is a confirmation that a Canadian employer can hire a foreign national for the position as no Canadian worker is able to meet the roles and responsibilities of that job position. After getting LMIA, a foreign worker or employee can apply for the labour work permit in Canada as a Canada work permit requires a job offer letter, a copy of the LMIA, and the LMIA number from the Canadian employer.
Since 2015, the number of LMIA to get work in Canada has been increasing. If you are a Canadian employer and wish to apply for LMIA, then go through the following important tips to increase the chances of fruitful results for your LMIA application by the federal government
Tip 1: Choose the correct NOC code
NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, and it is a nationally recognized system which provides job description to its every occupation and classifies them into different categories including,
Skill Type 0 (zero): These jobs are management jobs, like restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)
Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, like doctors, dentists, architects
Skill Level B: The category includes technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, like chefs, plumbers, electricians
Skill Level C: The category includes jobs like industrial butcher, long-haul truck drivers, food and beverage servers
Skill Level D: This category includes labor jobs like fruit pickers, cleaning staff, oil field workers and more
So, the first step is to choose the accurate NOC Canada code that correctly and clearly defines the roles and responsibilities for the job position to be filled by the foreign national. It helps the Federal government to assess whether hiring a foreign worker in a given position produce a neutral/positive impact on labor market of Canada or not.
In case of any discrepancy between selected NOC code and the roles and responsibilities to be executed by the foreign employee, the government may refuse or reject the assessment application.
Tip 2: Based on the NOC code, allocate the correct salary
The salary proposed in the assessment must not be lower than the median salary of the NOC based on the location of the job in Canada. So, as a Canadian employer, you must offer the salary corresponding to wage received by Canadian workers in the same job position. Remember, the government is very particular about the proposed salary in LMIA. If it is wrongly proposed, the application will get rejected.
Tip 3: Identify the right stream through which to apply
In general, determining the impact of recruiting a foreign worker for a particular occupation on the Canadian labor market is the objective of all LMIAs. However, they all are not same. There are different types of LMIAs and based on the factors like type or nature of the occupation, the ownership structure of the Canadian company, the purpose of issuing, and more you need to chose LMIA.
Tip 4: Ensure right advertisements and ongoing recruitment efforts
As stated above, the approval of the application of LMIA is only possible when the government gets convinced that the Canadian employer has put all possible recruitment efforts like posting advertisements in sources, acceptable to the federal government to find an eligible Canadian worker for the position. Due to unavailability of Canadian worker, he/she needs to hire a foreign worker for the position. In general, a minimum of one advertisement for job position must remain active until the approval of the LMIA application.
Tip 5: Double-check forms and documents before submission
Many documents and government forms need to submit to the government for demanding LMIA, which makes it a complex and exhaustive process. A single mistake can lead to rejection of the application. So, check the completeness and accuracy of forms and documents twice before final submission. In fact, professional guidance and assistance are highly recommended for positive results.
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