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LMIA Exempt Work Permits - Immigration Consultation


A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to obtain before they can hire a foreign worker. However​,​ some work permits are exempt from the LMIA requirement​,​ and these are known as LMIA-exempt work permits. LMIA-exempt work permits are issued in certain circumstances where it is deemed that the foreign worker will bring significant social​,​ cultural or economic benefits to Canada​,​ or where there is a reciprocal agreement between Canada and another country. Some common examples of LMIA-exempt work permits include: International Mobility Program (IMP) work permits: This program allows certain types of foreign workers to work in Canada without an LMIA​,​ such as spouses or common-law partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents​,​ and certain professionals under international agreements. Intra-company transfer work permits: This work permit allows a foreign worker who is already employed by a foreign company to transfer to a Canadian subsidiary​,​ branch​,​ or affiliate without an LMIA. NAFTA and other international agreement work permits: Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other agreements​,​ certain professionals from the United States and Mexico​,​ and other countries around the world may be eligible for a work permit without an LMIA. Global Talent Stream (GTS) work permits: This program is designed to help Canadian employers hire highly skilled foreign workers in certain occupations​,​ such as information technology and engineering​,​ without an LMIA. It's important to note that while LMIA-exempt work permits do not require an LMIA​,​ they may still require other forms of documentation and eligibility criteria to be met. Additionally​,​ some LMIA-exempt work permits may have specific time limits or restrictions on the type of work that can be performed. It's important to carefully review the eligibility criteria and seek legal advice if needed before applying for an LMIA-exempt work permit.




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