The processing of LMIA delays Work Permit procedure, Canada warns
Average processing times for Canada Work Permit and LMIA requests have been published for each Temporary Foreign Worker Program by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
Depending on the stream, which the foreign nationals coming to Canada through, the times range from 10 business days up to 120 business days. For example, the approximate processing time of Global Talent stream is 10 days, whereas it takes an average of 120 business days to finalize the procedure for the low wage stream.
Average LMIA Processing Times according to Application Types (business days)
- Global Talent Stream – 10
- Agricultural Stream – 30
- Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 15
- Permanent Residence Stream – 40
- In-home Caregivers – 25
- High-wage Stream – 85
- Low-wage Stream – 120
According to the ESDC statement, the main reason for delays for some streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a high number of LMIA applications. We are providing recent processing times by stream to help you estimate how long it will take us to assess your application. Please account for these when planning for your employment needs, ESDC said.
ESCD has also previously warned about delays which causes LMIA processing times to take much longer than expected.
Also, authorities urged that all candidates must ensure that their applications are complete before the submission. In addition, they need to respond promptly when additional information is requested by the visa offices.
What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?
If a candidate comes to Canada under TFWP, then s/he needs to hold an authorized job offer and a work permit. Please note that, in order to prevent foreign workers taking jobs which are available for Canadian citizen and permanent residents, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works with ESDC.
Therefore, if a Canadian employers wants to recruit a foreign worker, they need to get an approval from the government first. This process is carried out by the process called Labour Market Impact Assessment. It is worth to note that, sometimes individuals do not need LMIA in order to be able to work in Canada if they are applying through certain programs like the International Mobility Program.
In addition, according to newly launched Global Talent Stream, tech-workers which are in-demand technology occupations only need to wait two weeks before getting their LMIA approved.
Also, if a recognized referral agency refers to the employer, then there are also some other occupations which two-week processing time applies.
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