Work Permit

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An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer:

  • who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions, or
  • who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.
You can only get an open work permit in specific situations:

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you are in one of the following situations:

  • Permanent residence applicants who have applied to an office in Canada,
  • Dependent family members of some permanent residence applicants,
  • Spouses and common-law partners of some workers and international students,
  • Refugees, refugee claimants, protected persons and their family members,
  • Some temporary resident permit holders, or
  • Some young workers participating in special programs.

In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible. Please contact one of the GEPSI’s qualified work permit lawyer for further detailed analysis on your eligibility.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.

A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.

If the employer needs an LMIA, they must apply for one after meeting all the requirements of Service Canada / ESDC and Immigration Canada.

Work Permit is offered to the applicant through LMIA approved job offer for a specific occupation and through a specific employer. A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) has to be acquired by the employer prior to offering employment to the foreign national in Canada. A copy of the LMIA and its number should support your application.

Processing Time

Once you have a positive LMIA, Canadian work permits usually take no longer than a month to be processed. However, the process mainly depends on whether you have all the required documents available. GEPSI Immigration Services has been through the process number of times, so our migration managers know how to handle your application so that it’s processed in the fastest possible time.

Work Permit Duration & Extension

Canadian work permits duration is determined based on the nature of your occupation and job requirements. You can also apply for extension of your work permit while in Canada.

Processing your Work Permit:

If you are a Canadian Employer, or if you are an employee with an employer who is ready to offer you a full-time permanent job in NOC 0, A or B, you must Contact GEPSI Immigration Services today and let us assess your eligibility for free!

Upon reviewing your education, experience, company background and other related areas, our guidance officer will evaluate your application and will help you in most suitable manner to ensure that you get the best possible results.

An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:

  • the name of the employer you can work for,
  • how long you can work, and
  • the location where you can work (if applicable).
Hiring Foreign Workers:  LMIA – LMOs & Work Permits and support them in their Immigration:

Labour Market Impact Assessments LMIA’s – formerly known as Labour Market Opinions (LMOs), the prerequisite for Work Permits for Temporary Foreign Workers

Similarly, candidates abroad interested in immigrating, and International students whose Post Grad work permits are due to expire, need to know how to have their employer ‘sponsor’ them via the Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA process (previously known as LMOs).

We can help you navigate through this complex procedure by providing initial screening to see if the position and candidate is eligible for an LMIA, Draft the advertisement and job description, deciding on salary requirements, and preparing full application for an LMIA.

Upon successful issuance, we can then assist the foreign worker in getting the Work Permit in the fastest way possible.

This is a volatile program for which you will require expert guidance in an LMIA application. We invite you to call us to set up a consultation meeting to analyze your application further.

How does the LMIA process work?

Generally, if a Canadian employer would like to hire a temporary foreign worker (TFW) to work in Canada, they must submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. The purpose of the LMIA is to assess the likely impact of hiring the TFW on the Canadian job market. If the employer receives a positive LMIA, then the TFW can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for their work permit.

How do I get an LMIA?

The LMIA process is started when an employer offers a job to a TFW when there is no suitable Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position. The requirements to obtain a positive LMIA are rigorous and the employer must be prepared to comply with all conditions imposed by ESDC/Service Canada. Employers should be prepared to answer questions about the recruitment process, whether the job offer is genuine and if they have submitted a LMIA in the past. The LMIA was previously known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). TFWs should be prepared to show IRCC that they are qualified for the position being offered.

How to get LMIA for Express Entry

Some skilled foreign workers are professionally qualified to use Express Entry to come work in Canada. Express Entry cannot be granted until a Labour Market Impact Assessment, or LMIA, has been completed. Naturally, this leads applicants to wonder how to get an LMIA for Express Entry. It must be completed by a Canadian employer, who must determine that a foreign worker is desirable because there is no Canadian worker available to fulfill the specific role.

This is a process of many stages and is typical of Canada’s complex immigration system. Further complicating matters, a potential employer may not be especially good at performing all the steps required to complete the LMIA, which is why it is so important for applicants to consult an immigration professional. Applicants must sometimes prompt a potential employer to take work on the LMIA. Immigration professionals know how this process works for both the applicant and the employer. The immigration professional will ensure that the applicant remains aware of what must happen for the LMIA to be granted. Without an immigration professional helping to clarify what must be done, applications can easily get tangled in the weeds of bureaucratic confusion.

Why use a licensed Canadian immigration professional for obtaining a LMIA?

The process to receive a positive LMIA and a work permit from IRCC for a TFW occurs in many stages. Abuse of the program is not tolerated and the employer and TFW each have their own responsibilities. GEPSI Immigration Services, being one of the most experienced immigration consultants in the region, can help employers through the LMIA process or assist a TFW to obtain a work permit. We have worked with a variety of employers that operate internationally, nationally and locally. We have also worked with TFWs at all levels of employment.