Obtaining a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for an Employer-Specific Work Permit:
If you are applying for an employer-specific work permit, also known as a 'closed work permit', your employer must first obtain a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) letter from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) before your application can be processed. An LMIA is designed to ensure that the employment of foreign workers will not have a negative impact on Canadian workers. Our firm can provide assistance in obtaining an LMIA letter to help ensure that your work permit application is successful.
In most instances, a positive LMIA letter is a prerequisite for a work permit application, unless the applicant is eligible for an open work permit (e.g., a post-graduate work permit or PR applicants under the family class category). A positive LMIA letter also serves as a confirmation of a job offer, enabling Express Entry applicants to gain an additional 50 or 200 points in support of their PR application. This letter will be issued once Employment and Social Development Canada is satisfied that the employer has made genuine efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident before offering the job to a foreign national. A positive LMIA letter significantly enhances an applicant's immigration prospects by boosting their CRS score within the Express Entry system.
Accompanying Spouses and Dependents on Open Work Permits:
In addition, your spouse and dependent children may also accompany you to Canada and can apply for open work permits if you are eligible. This will allow them to work for any employer in Canada for the duration of your work permit.
Permanent Residency Options:
It is important to note that a work permit is a temporary visa and does not lead to permanent residency or citizenship. However, once you have gained work experience in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through programs such as the Canadian Experience Class or Provincial Nominee Programs.
At Nadeem Law Office, we can provide guidance and support throughout the work permit application process, including assistance in exploring potential permanent residency options. We ensure that your application meets all the necessary requirements for a successful outcome. We can also assist in addressing any challenges that may arise during the application process, such as responding to requests for additional information or addressing issues related to medical or criminal records
A work permit is a work authorization document. Unlike permanent residence, a work permit will allow you to live in canada temporarily till the date of expiration mentioned on your work permit document. Work permits are either employer-specific or open. If you have a Canadian employer willing to support your work permit application, you may not only be eligible to stay and work in Canada but also obtain permanent residence later.
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