Useful Immigration Tips on How to work in Canada without an LMIA

20 %
of the Canadian workforce are immigrants

If you are an hopeful immigrant wanting to work in Canada, you’ll need to know more about the LMIA.

An LMIA is conducted to determine whether or not bringing in a foreign worker to Canada’s labor force is worth it or not. This specific assessment can be found within the  Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Luckily, some foreign workers don’t need an LMIA  to enter the country and begin employment. All of these employees are part of the International Mobility Program (IMP). Canada’s economic, social, and cultural interests are what the IMP is all about.

Published on October 9, 2023

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💼 Who Can Work in Canada Without an LMIA?

Foreign workers are allowed into Canada without an LMIA if they fall into one of three categories:

Click to learn more about work visas and permits for foreigners.

✈️ Steps on How to Enter Canada without an LMIA

If you haven’t decided yet, it’s okay. 

As a Bahamian resident, there are many things you can do in Canada!

Let’s look at the options:

Step 1: Get a valid job offer from a Canadian employer

Getting a valid job offer from a Canadian employer would be your first step, by doing so this ensures that your job is highly needed in Canada’s labour market and your specific skills are difficult to find within locals. 

Step 2: Your Canadian employer must submit an offer

 Your Canadian employer must submit this offer of employment through the International Mobility Program (IMP)’s Employer Portal.

Step 3: You must apply for a work permit

Applying for a work permit would be your last and final step on how you can successfully work in Canada without an LMIA.

❓ Common FAQs on Work in Canada without an LMIA

An open work permit.  This opens the door for foreign nationals to take on any job, for any Canadian business, wherever in the country. An LMIA is unnecessary for open work permits since they do not indicate a specific profession or company.

An open work permit is the best option for you if you wish to enter Canada without an LMIA!

If you apply via British Columbia’s Express Entry nomination stream, you won’t need an LMIA.

An LMIA is not required to support your employer’s offer of employment if:

  • You have been employed by the company under the terms of your work visa for a minimum of one year (or an equal amount of part-time work)
  • You have a valid  job offer and a work permit that exempts you from obtaining an LMIA, such as:
    – An international agreement
    – A federal-provincial agreement
    – The “Canadian interests” category

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