Foreign Employees Can Now Get Faster Employment With Work Permit

Recruiters hiring foreign employees in 10 agriculture, food processing, and trucking occupations can now skip a time-taking step in the work permit process.

Canada is now waiving the promoting requirement for the Labour Market Influence Evaluation (LMIA) in certain high precedence occupations.

To be able to get an LMIA, normally, employers must show that no Canadian was out there to take a vacant position before providing it to a foreign employee. 

They do that by promoting the position for hire throughout numerous platforms for as much as three months in some instances.

As of March 20, the minimal recruitment requirements for pending and future LMIA purposes will be waived for the following 10 occupations:

  1. Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale (NOC 6331)
  2. Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511)
  3. Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialised livestock workers (NOC 8252)
  4. General Farm Workers (NOC 8431)
  5. Nursery and Greenhouse Workers (NOC 8432)
  6. Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611)
  7. Fish and seafood plant workers (NOC 9463)
  8. Labourers in food, beverage and related products processing (NOC 9617)
  9. Labourers in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618)
  10. Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and associated staff (NOC 9462)

Truck drivers who’re located in a province that has a Mandatory Entry-Level Training requirement will need to have the certificate with them at the time they receive their work permit.

Provinces with this requirement include B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

For now, agricultural stream high wage and low wage applications from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon should be despatched to the Ontario processing centre.

New digital LMIA application processing

LMIAs can now be emailed to Service Canada. Employers can e-mail their application to the appropriate address primarily based on the immigration stream and job location.


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