Labour Market Impact assessment (LMIA)

The job offer would help you to secure an ITA (Invitation to apply) as a skilled worker. You may also apply for a work permit in Canada. However, the offer must be valid. Generally, a valid offer is for a job that is:

  • full-time and non-seasonal,
  • for at least one year,
  • in a skilled job listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B in the 2016 National Occupational Classification.

A job offer must be in writing, and must set out details of the job they are offering you, such as:

  • your pay and deductions
  • your job duties
  • conditions of employment, like your hours of work.

In most cases, a valid job offer must be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The employer has to apply for one from Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada.

If they get a positive LMIA, they must give you a copy and a written job offer.

In some cases, your employer does not need an LMIA to support your job offer for jobs that are exempt.

Under Express Entry, a valid job offer will give you additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System.

A work permit on its own is not a job offer, even if it is an open work permit.

When your Express Entry profile would be created, we have to include the LMIA number to show that you have a valid job offer.

The original LMIA approval would be required upon receipt of an ITA.

A job offer is not valid if your employer is:

  • an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada, or
  • on the list of ineligible employers.

If your employer is not eligible, does not get a positive LMIA, or is not LMIA-exempt you will not meet the requirements of a valid job offer for arranged employment.

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