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LMIA

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by the Government of Canada that allows an employer to hire a foreign worker.
The LMIA process is designed to ensure that the hiring of foreign workers has a minimal impact on the Canadian labour market. A positive LMIA indicates that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill a position, therefore enabling an employer to hire a foreign national. A negative LMIA suggests that a position should be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The LMIA process can be complex and time-consuming. That’s why we offer comprehensive LMIA migration services to help employers and foreign workers navigate the process and increase their chances of success.
What are the minimum eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Canada, the employer must meet several requirements, including

* Advertising the job to Canadian citizens and permanent residents for a minimum of four weeks before offering it to a foreign worker

* Proving that they will not lay off Canadian workers after hiring the new foreign worker.

* Having a valid business number and being in good standing

* Offer a transition plan that describes how they will reduce their reliance on foreign workers.

* Providing foreign employees with the same salary compensation and working conditions that are comparable to those offered to Canadian citizens and permanent residents in the same occupation and region

* A valid Canadian employment offer

* A contract of employment

* A copy of the LMIA

* The LMIA number

LMIA Application Process
The LMIA process involves the following steps:
• Select the appropriate wage stream

A. High wage workers
B. Low wage workers
C. Global Talent Stream
D. Agricultural Stream
E. Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
F. Permanent Residence Stream

• Comply with advertising requirements
• The employer submits an LMIA application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), including information about the job offer and the foreign employer, as well as a fee.
• Interview with an Employment and Social Development Canada Officer
• ESDC assesses the application and the job offer to determine if the foreign worker is needed and if there are no qualified Canadians available to fill the position.
• LMIA approval
• Apply for a work permit

Work Permit

One of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada is by obtaining a work permit. A Canada work permit is a document issued by the government of Canada that allows foreign workers to legally work in Canada for a certain period of time. To obtain a work permit, an individual must have a job offer from a Canadian employer and meet certain eligibility criteria.
Our team can help you determine the type of work permit that best suits your situation, whether it is an open work permit, an employer-specific work permit, or an intra-company transfer work permit. We also assist with the preparation and submission of all necessary documentation, including the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if required.

Job Specific Work Permit

In Canada, most work permits are tied to a specific job and employer. This means that if an employee wants to work for a different employer, they will need to obtain a new job-specific permit. The process typically involves the new employer applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to ensure that there are no qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents available for the role. If the LMIA is approved, the employee can then apply for a job-specific work permit with the required documents, such as the positive LMIA notice and a valid job offer from the employer.

Intra-Company Transfer

An Intra-Company Transfer permit is a type of work permit that allows executives, senior management, and skilled workers with specialized knowledge to move from a foreign branch of a company to a related Canadian branch without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). To qualify, the employee must have been employed full-time with the company for at least one year. Additionally, those who are transferred with this permit may have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency through Canada’s Express Entry program.

Open Work Permit

An open work permit is a type of work permit that allows the holder to work in most jobs in Canada without the need for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a valid job offer. However, the eligibility for this type of permit is limited, and only certain individuals qualify. These include:
• A post-grad who recently graduated from certain post-secondary institutions in Canada
• A spouse of a temporary foreign worker in Canada
• An applicant for permanent residence under certain immigration programs
• A dependent family member of a permanent residence applicant
What are the eligibility requirements for a work permit?
• The applicant should be able to prove to an officer that they will leave Canada after their permit expires.
• Provide proof of sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependents during their stay
• They should have no criminal records and should not pose any threat to Canada’s security.
• They should be healthy and might be needed to take a medical examination as proof.
• They should not plan to work for any employer who is termed ineligible or involved in activities like erotic dance, striptease, escort services, etc.
• They should be able to provide any other document needed for their entry into Canada.
• Additionally, all foreign nationals must fulfill visa requirements specific to their country of origin.
Documents required for Canada Work Visa
Required documents
1. A passport that will still be valid six months after the day you intend to enter Canada
2. Proof of your educational qualifications
3. If applicable, a marriage certificate
4. If relevant, copies of children’s birth certificate
5. A medical examination certificate passing a medical examination is a requirement for employment in the fields of agriculture, childcare, and health services.
The process to apply for Canada Work Permit or Work Visa

The process to apply for Canada Work Permit or Work Visa

Step 1. An employer may apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment if required.
Step 2. An employer makes a temporary job offer to a candidate.
Step 3. A foreign worker applies for a work permit
Step 4. A work permit is issued

International Mobility Program

The International Mobility Program (IMP) is a Canadian immigration program that allows foreign workers to come to Canada temporarily without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The program is designed to facilitate the entry of highly skilled workers who are needed to meet Canadian employers’ needs and promote economic growth.
The program is also intended to facilitate the entry of workers from countries with which Canada has a free trade agreement or a bilateral agreement, as well as to facilitate the entry of researchers and students. The program is administered by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What are the eligibility requirements for International Mobility Program?

1. The worker must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, and the job must be considered a “high-skilled” occupation as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

2. The worker must have the necessary qualifications, education, and experience to perform the job.
3. The worker must have a valid work permit, which can be obtained through the IMP.
4. The worker must also meet other requirements, such as a medical exam, police clearance, and admissibility to Canada.

How to apply through International Mobility Program?
Step 1. Job offer letter
The employer will have to submit a formal job offer in Canada through the Employer Portal before you apply for the International Mobility Program.
Step 2. Apply for a work permit
After your employer has submitted the formal job offer via the Employer Portal, you will be able to apply for a temporary foreign work permit under the International Mobility Program. You will need the offer of employer number to complete your application. Your application will be reviewed and if you meet the eligibility criteria, it will be approved. Once approved, you will receive either a letter of introduction and a work permit from a Canada border services officer or a new work permit (if you are already living in Canada or applying at the point of entry).
Step 3. Get ready for your new Canadian Job After obtaining your work permit and travel visa, you can begin making preparations to start your new job in Canada.
The following types of workers are eligible for the International Mobility Program (IMP):

• Those entering Canada as part of trade treaties, such as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
• Those entering Canada on an open work permit.
• Those entering Canada as intra-company transferees.

Student Visa

With a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and a commitment to providing students with a high-quality, well-rounded education, Canada is the perfect place to pursue academic and professional aspirations.

Canadian universities are known for their top-notch facilities, innovative course offerings, and large campuses. They offer some of the best degrees and programs in the world. To study in Canada for a period longer than six months, international students are required to obtain a study permit, also known as a student visa. However, a student visa is unnecessary if the study period is less than six months.

A Canada Student Visa allows international students to study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. The visa is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is typically valid for the duration of the student’s program, plus an additional 90 days to allow for travel and preparation for departure.

Azur Migration is here to help you with the application process and provide guidance on meeting the requirements for a Canada Student Visa.

Canada Student Visa Intake

Colleges and universities in Canada have three intakes, sometimes referred to as semesters.

• Fall Semester – September is the typical start month for this popular enrollment period.
• Winter Semester – January is the start month for this intake.
• Summer Semester – This intake is limited to certain programs and institutions, and typically starts in April/May.
• Additionally, some programs and colleges offer an intake only in the months of July and October.
• It is recommended to submit your application as early as possible, as the opportunity for admissions and scholarships may become scarce as the deadline approaches.
• The ideal time to apply is between 6-9 months before the start of the academic year.

Canada Student Visa Requirements

For your Canada Student Visa application, you will generally need the following documents
1. A valid passport
2. Attested copies of 10th and 12th grade along with degree certificates
3. Extracurricular achievement certificates
4. Statement of Purpose (SOP)
5. A letter of acceptance from the university
6. Payment receipt
7. Proof of financial resources
8. Passport size photographs
As an international student looking to study in Canada, obtaining a study permit is a requirement. Here are the steps to acquiring a study visa.
Step 1. Receive your letter of acceptance from a Canadian university
Before applying for a Canadian student visa, you must first be accepted into a Canadian university. Additionally, your chosen university must be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) by the territorial government in order for you to be eligible for a student visa. DLI is a status given to schools that are approved to host international students.
Step 2. Collect all the required documents
To ensure a smooth application process, it is recommended to gather all necessary documents before beginning your online application for a permit. The Canadian government requires the following documents for your application.
• Letter of Acceptance
• A valid passport and passport-size photographs
• Proof of funds
• A letter of explanation
• A receipt of your payment
Step 3: Start your application process
Once you have every necessary document, including your acceptance letter from a DLI, you can start your online application for a study permit.
Step 4: Provide biometrics and pass a medical exam
If you are applying for a study permit from outside Canada and you haven’t provided your biometrics before, you will be required to submit your fingerprints and photograph at a Visa Application Centre.
Step 5: Proof of your English Proficiency
When applying for a study visa through the regular stream, you do not need to provide proof of English proficiency. However, it will be required by Canadian universities. If you have previously completed a degree from an English-speaking country, you may not be required to do so.
Step 6: Wait for your application results
The duration of processing time can vary depending on the applicant’s country of residence. Generally, a waiting time of 16 weeks is expected for obtaining a Canada study permit. However, applicants from countries participating in the Student Direct Stream may experience shorter waiting times of around 20 days.
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