LMIA application is an official process of hiring a foreign worker for a Canadian organization. The foreign worker must first receive government approval before the hiring process takes place which is known as Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
A positive LMIA is sometimes also referred to as a confirmation letter. Below, you will find out if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), and how to hire workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP).
How to apply for LMIA for a foreign worker as an employer?
There are 2 options to submit an LMIA application. Here is the step-by-step process :
Option 1: Apply via the LMIA Online portal
Employers and third parties (if any) must have active Job Bank user accounts for verification in order to access LMIA Online. The Canadian Government encourages employers to complete the one-time registration in Job Bank for Employers if they haven’t already. They can do it by using this link below and then selecting the “Don’t have an account? Click here to sign up now. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the registration process. Following the creation of your Job Bank account(s), you will be able to submit an LMIA application using the LMIA Online Portal.
Option 2: Apply on the LMIA Application Forms
By using the forms provided below, employers must complete this step-by-step checklist to make sure all necessary documents are supplied; otherwise, the application processing time will be delayed.
Fill out, sign (if necessary), and send the following documentation:
- Application for LMIA (EMP5593)
- Schedule D – Job Offer in Skilled Trades – Employer #2 (EMP5595) (if applicable)
- Proof of a company’s authenticity
- Proof of advertising (for example a copy of the advertisement and information to support where, when and for how long the position was advertised)
Where to send the LMIA application?
Employers must submit all necessary documentation to the Service Canada Centre in charge of processing applications for skilled workers. Companies who have had trouble finding qualified candidates for key roles within their company for months or even years may often turn to hire from outside their country. Because of this, the decision to apply for an LMIA is not a sudden one.
The government encourages firms to use LMIAs as a last resort. A successful LMIA can only be achieved if you, as an employer, believe that this procedure is the only way to meet your employment needs. Below you will see how to submit an LMIA application step by step.