Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) recently revised the processing durations for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications across different categories. According to data gathered from all processing centers, the average processing times for LMIA applications have risen in the Permanent Residence Stream, Agricultural Stream, and In-Home Caregivers Stream.
The average LMIA processing times for July 2023 are as follows:
Global Talent Stream: 10 business days
Agricultural stream: 16 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: 6 business days
Permanent residence stream: 60 business days
In-home caregivers: 24 business days
High-wage stream: 37 business days
Low-wage stream: 44 business days
What is Labour Market Impact Assessment?
In Canada, an employer might need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a foreign worker. A positive LMIA indicates the necessity of a foreign worker for the given position, as well as the absence of qualified Canadian workers or permanent residents to fulfill the role.
The LMIA Online Portal serves as a secure and dependable electronic platform for Canadian employers and authorized representatives to submit LMIA applications to Service Canada. Once a Job Bank account is established, users gain access to several features within the portal, including round-the-clock submission of LMIA applications, the ability to modify or revisit applications before submitting to Service Canada, uploading supporting documents, secure payment of LMIA fees, if relevant, receiving real-time application status updates, accessing Service Canada’s communication and decision letters, reviewing previous applications, and monitoring application progress when a third-party representative is involved.
For access to the portal, both employers and third-party representatives must possess a valid Job Bank account for authentication. It is advised to have a Job Bank account prior to using the portal. Following the creation of Job Bank account(s), users can seamlessly execute LMIA applications through the LMIA Online Portal and can subsequently track their application’s status by logging into their LMIA Online account at any time.
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