Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications can be demanding and require attention to detail. They also have specific time constraints, as all application materials must be submitted within a designated timeframe. Even a small omission in the application can cause significant delays in the process. At Akrami and Associates, we have a team of experienced representatives who specialize in LMIA applications. With our expertise, we can assist you in obtaining the desired results quickly and efficiently.
When it comes to hiring high-wage foreign workers, Canadian employers need to fulfill an additional requirement known as a transition plan. This plan is mandatory for employers seeking to hire temporary foreign workers at a wage that equals or exceeds the provincial or territorial median hourly wage. The transition plan is a Schedule C form attached to the LMIA application. It outlines the specific commitments that the employer agrees to undertake for the particular occupation and work location where they intend to employ the foreign workers.
On the other hand, when hiring low-wage workers, a transition plan is not necessary for LMIA applications. However, there is a cap that restricts the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers a business can employ. Canadian employers with more than 10 employees are subject to a maximum cap of 10% for low-wage workers. This cap will be implemented gradually over the next two years, allowing employers time to transition to a Canadian workforce.
If you require an LMIA to hire temporary foreign workers, you can utilize the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Once the LMIA is issued, you must provide a copy of the confirmation letter to each temporary foreign worker and advise them to apply for a work permit.
Alternatively, if you don’t need an LMIA, you can hire temporary foreign workers through the International Mobility Program (IMP). However, there are certain requirements you must fulfill, such as paying an employer compliance fee and submitting an offer of employment form through the Employer Portal.