LMIA-exempt work permit allows foreign nationals to work in Canada without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
Examples of non-LMIA based jobs include work under NAFTA or other free trade agreements, Intra-Company Transfers, Global Talent Stream, jobs in the entertainment industry, and jobs in certain research or academic fields.
An positive LMIA is a document that an employer in Canada must obtain from the Government of Canada to demonstrate that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a job, and that no Canadian worker is qualified enough or available to do the job.
Temporary access to the Canadian labour market does not necessitate an LMIA. All non-profits in Canada are exempt from LMIA payments. The visa officer may get in touch with the institution to request additional paperwork.
The primary responsibilities of a foreign national in this LMIA-exempt category must be directly related to the furtherance of a recognized religious purpose, such as the instruction of religious doctrine or the propagation of a particular faith. The religion, however, must not be harmful to any other Canadian religion.
Are you considering opening a temporary business? You may be able to get a waiver from the LMIA. You must be the sole or a majority owner of the Canadian company you intend to launch. The LMIA is not required for dependents of foreign employees, including spouses and minor children.
If a Canadian PR applicant can demonstrate that their firm will have a large positive impact on the country, they may be eligible.
“Those who meet the criteria of an international agreement, a federal-provincial accord, or Canadian interests, are exempt from obtaining an LMIA work permit.”
LMIA-exempt work permits can be very beneficial for foreign workers and employers in Canada because they can be faster and easier to obtain than LMIA-required work permits. However, the employer must employ foreign workers on a temporary basis (closed-loop work permits).
If you are considering applying for an LMIA-exempt work permit in Canada, we are your best bait!
British Columbia: The BC PNP offers several streams that do not require a LMIA, including the International Graduate, International Post-Graduate, and Tech Pilot streams.
Alberta: The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has several streams that do not require a LMIA, including the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration stream and the Alberta Opportunity Stream.
Saskatchewan: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers the International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry stream, which does not require a LMIA.
Manitoba: The Manitoba PNP offers several streams that do not require a LMIA, including the International Education Stream and the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway.
Ontario: The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has several streams that do not require a LMIA, including the Masters Graduate and PHD Graduate streams.
Quebec: Quebec has its own immigration programs that do not require a LMIA, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program and the Quebec Experience Program.
Northwest Territories: The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) has a Work Permit stream that allows employers to hire foreign nationals without a LMIA.
Whether you are a Canadian employer looking to hire foreign workers or a foreign worker looking for employment in Canada, we have the expertise and experience to help you. Cosmic Immigration will assist you in obtaining a work visa that does not require an LMIA. Contact us today to learn more about our non-LMIA services.