Processing Times for LMIA Applications Updated

Processing Times for LMIA Applications Updated

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) recently revised the processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications across different categories, with the latest data indicating that only the Low-wage Stream has seen an increase in the average LMIA processing times, as of October 6, 2023.

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The average LMIA processing times for September 2023 are as follows:

  • Global Talent Stream – 9 business days
  • Agricultural stream – 11 business days (-1 day)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 6 business days (-3 days)
  • Permanent residence Stream – 58 business days (-5 days)
  • In-home caregivers – 25 business days (-5 days)
  • High-wage Stream – 40 business days
  • Low-wage Stream – 45 business days (+1 day)

The LMIA Online Portal is a secure electronic platform that enables Canadian employers and authorized representatives to submit LMIA applications to Service Canada. Once a Job Bank account is established, users can utilize the portal to submit applications, upload documents, make secure payments, receive real-time application updates, access correspondence and decisions from Service Canada, review past submissions, and monitor application progress when represented by a third party. Access to the portal requires a valid Job Bank account for authentication, which can be obtained by signing up. After creating the account, applicants can complete LMIA applications via the portal and easily check their application status at any time by logging into their LMIA Online account.

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