Employers seeking to hire short-term foreign employees are now capable of managing their Labour Market Impression Evaluation (LMIA) application via an internet portal.
The new pilot project comes after many calls from Canadian business leaders to enhance the present LMIA process for employers.
The online pilot will enable Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) employers to register for on-line entry to manage their accounts, conduct transactions and correspond with Service Canada, the federal government’s web site says.
The portal shall be accessible utilizing the identical login credentials employers use to access the Job Bank for Employers.
It’ll include a digital questionnaire guiding the person via the completion of the LMIA application and monitoring its progress.
Users will have the ability to upload supporting paperwork, return to their saved LMIA application at any time and view Service Canada decision letters.
For years the Canadian business community has been calling for the federal government to cut back red tape and processing times around hiring temporary foreign workers.
Enterprise growth groups just like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), have put forth quite a few suggestions for improvements.
One of the first adjustments the Canadian Chamber of Commerce recommended to the federal authorities in 2017 was to modernize LMIA applications by “increasing the use of on-line applications with streamlined forms.”
This past month the CFIB launched its personal report on the issues of small to medium-sized businesses with hiring foreign talent via the present TFWP process.
Corinne Pohlmann with CFIB described the method as “prolonged, difficult, and costly.” She advised CIC News that there are still many improvements to be made, however, the on-line system is some “excellent news.”
“I believe this shall be an improvement to what’s in place, and hopefully we’ll get some clarity and solutions in a lot better manner,” Pohlmann said.
Without the web system, employers usually are not capable of monitoring the applications and wait times are on average anywhere from three to 12 months. Many business owners find it tough to get answers to their questions.
The LMIA is required normally where an employer desires to hire foreign workers. It proves the business tried recruiting Canadian employees before trying overseas for expertise.
It costs over $1,000 to submit the application for each position that must be filled, a fee that isn’t refundable even when the application is denied.
Employers are sometimes not knowledgeable of the reasons for the rejection and due to this fact, can’t assess whether or not it’s worthwhile to re-apply.
For Pohlmann, lowering wait times and bettering communication are a few of the most vital revisions the federal government must implement.
“We’re calling for a full evaluation of the LMIA process to grasp: the place the bottlenecks lie…reduce the complexity of the application, in addition, be sure the federal government’s service is best when it comes to replying and feedback,” Pohlmann said.