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What is an LMIA and how can Ansari Immigration help you get one?


If you are an employer in Canada who wants to hire a foreign worker for a temporary job, you may need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) first. An LMIA is a document that shows there is a shortage of Canadian workers or permanent residents who can do the job, and that hiring a foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market1.


Getting an LMIA can be a complicated and lengthy process that requires you to meet certain criteria, such as:

  • advertising the job offer in Canada for at least four weeks

  • providing evidence of your recruitment efforts and the results

  • paying the prevailing wage for the occupation and region

  • complying with the employment standards and labour laws

  • submitting a detailed application form and supporting documents to Service Canada2

The LMIA process can vary depending on the type of program you are hiring through, such as:

  • high-wage workers: for workers who earn above the median hourly wage in their province or territory

  • low-wage workers: for workers who earn below the median hourly wage in their province or territory

  • agricultural workers: for workers who work in farming, livestock, or greenhouse operations

  • global talent stream: for workers who have specialized skills or experience in high-demand occupations

  • permanent residency stream: for workers who intend to apply for permanent residency after working in Canada2

Each program has its own requirements, fees, processing times, and exemptions. For example, some occupations are exempt from needing an LMIA under the International Mobility Program, such as:

  • intra-company transferees: for workers who are transferred from a foreign branch to a Canadian branch of the same company

  • professionals under free trade agreements: for workers who have a specific occupation and qualification under an agreement like NAFTA or CETA

  • francophone or bilingual workers outside Quebec: for workers who speak French or both official languages and work in a province or territory other than Quebec3


However, if you are not sure how to navigate the LMIA process or need professional guidance and assistance, you can contact Ansari Immigration, Vancouver’s top immigration consultant.


Ansari Immigration is a trusted and experienced immigration consultancy firm that specializes in helping employers hire foreign workers. We offer a variety of services customized to fit your specific needs, such as:

  • assessing your eligibility and advising you on the best program for your situation

  • preparing and submitting your LMIA application and supporting documents to Service Canada

  • communicating with Service Canada on your behalf and following up on your application status

  • assisting you with the work permit process for your foreign worker once the LMIA is approved

We have the knowledge and expertise to handle any challenges or issues that may arise during the LMIA process. We also have a positive track record of obtaining successful client outcomes.


At Ansari Immigration, we are dedicated and attentive to your needs. We aim to help you understand your options and guide you along the complex application process. We believe in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes.


Contact us today for an initial consultation, and find out more about how we can tailor our services to your needs. You can visit our website here.


We look forward to hearing from you and helping you hire the best talent for your business.

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