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A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.

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Labor Market Impact Assessment

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.

A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.

If you need an LMIA, your employer must send an application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Once your employer receives the LMIA, you can apply for your work permit.

To apply for your work permit, your employer must give you:

  • a job offer letter
  • a contract
  • a copy of the LMIA, and
  • the LMIA number.

How Can North Vista Immigration Help You?

North Vista Immigration Consultants Inc. (NVIC) has the experience and expertise of successfully applying for numerous LMIA applications to ESDC and helping their clients obtain these additional points to be able to immigrate to Canada as a PR or a Temporary Foreign Worker.

  • We help talented, qualified, foreign skilled workers to get in touch with qualified employers in Canada who would be willing to support your LMIA application;
  • We have qualified Canadian employers in our network, who are considering to hire qualified, talented, skilled Foreign Nationals residing abroad;
  • We create a much required two-way relation between the qualified Canadian employer and the Foreign National who is living abroad;
  • We present the qualified Canadian employer with talented, skilled and experienced Foreign National who could become a part of the Canadian employer’s work force.

Arranged Employment Offer

Arranged Employment Offer (AEO) means that the qualified Canadian employer has agreed to hire a Foreign National on the basis of his / her skills, experience and talent which meets or exceeds the job requirements.

NVI database includes numerous qualified Canadian employers in various sectors such as IT, Engineering, Accounting, Finance, Banking services, Real estate, etc.

An applicant is first assessed for his / her skillset and then presented to a qualified employer who is offering a full-time permanent job offer.

There are multiple phases of screening and assessments by the Canadian employer of the Foreign National, and if need be the Foreign National could also visit Canada to appear in a final job interview.

Qualified Canadian Employer

Once the qualified Canadian employer has selected a Foreign National for the permanent full-time job offer, the employer must apply for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to ESDC (Service Canada).

There are mandatory requirements that have to be met first before the LMIA can be applied by the employer.

A positive LMIA (approved LMIA) will show that the Foreign National is qualified to fill this full-time permanent job offer of the Canadian employer.

The LMIA is issued to the Canadian employer with the name of the Foreign National on the document.

Source: IRCC website


In the Express Entry system, each applicant is assessed with a total of 1200 points.

Out of these 1200 points, 50 points (for NOC 0, A, B) or 200 points (for NOC 00) are known as Additional points reserved for:

  • Arranged employment (positive Labour Market Impact Assessment)

To be able to secure these additional points 50 points (for NOC 0, A, B) or 200 points (for NOC 00), an employer in Canada must offer you an Arranged Employment Offer (AEO) backed by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment.
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