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LMIA and Foreign Academics

LMIA and Foreign Academics

Hiring a Foreign Academic with LMIA

Are you interested in hiring a foreign academic? Seeking to improve that quality of your post-secondary educational institution? Foreign academics can be valuable to learning institutions, as the best teacher is one that has the most experience in the field. However, there is also a process whenever hiring someone from overseas. In this case, you may need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to facilitate bringing this intellectual individual to Canada.

In what situation can I hire a Foreign Academic?

Before starting the application process, it is important to ensure that the person you intend to hire fully matches the Canadian definition of a foreign academic. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, an academic (foreign or otherwise) is generally classified as someone with at least one postgraduate degree, a Bachelor’s degree, and must generate most of their income from teaching or conducting research in Canada. This individual must have a career under the NOC 4121. There are special criteria that applies when hiring a foreign academic, which have been set by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as well as Service Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These criteria have been reviewed and accepted/collaborated with universities or other degree-granting colleges. If you work at a community college, the regular ESDC process is required to hire foreign workers. In Quebec, you will also need to consider the requirements of CEGEP.When going through the process to hire a foreign academic, you will likely need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment, more commonly abbreviated as LMIA. However, there are situations where there may be an exception.

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