Employer Specific Program
LMIA Based Work Permit
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A work permit is a written authorization to work in Canada issued by an officer to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required if the employment location is in Canada, whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for an employer-specific job, length of time and is based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), or an Offer of employment from an LMIA-exempt employer.
An officer may impose, vary or cancel conditions when issuing a work permit. These may include one or more of the following:
- the type of employment in which you may work;
- the employer for whom you may work;
- where you may work;
- how long you may continue to work;
- time periods of work.
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada must usually get before hiring a foreign worker.
A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian worker can do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a Confirmation letter.
This LMIA is issued to employer allowing them to hire a foreign worker, by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).