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Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

LMIA to support Permanent Residency

Employers interested in hiring skilled foreign workers, who may already be in Canada or located overseas, can support their application for permanent residency. For foreign nationals to be eligible for this specific LMIA stream, they must qualify for one of the following economic programs under the Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
    Note: Under the FSTP, the employment offer can be made by up to 2 employers
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

    The foreign worker is awarded 50-200 CRS points (based on NOC code) for LMIA based job offer.

LMIA to support permanent residency application

This LMIA is used to support permanent residency application of foreign national. Here employer hires the skilled foreign national only after their immigration application is processed and permanent residency is approved. This option does not have a processing fee.

LMIA to support both permanent residency & work permit application “ dual intent LMIA

Employers can support both work permit and permanent residency applications together. This approach is known as a “dual intent LMIA.” Here, the foreign national applies for both a work permit and permanent residency simultaneously. Typically, work permit applications are processed faster than permanent residency applications, allowing the foreign national to begin employment with the Canadian employer while their permanent residency is being processed.

Important Points

  • The employer is not required to submit a transition plan under this stream.
  • LMIA can be applied under both (high -wage & low-wage) streams. 
  • The job offer must be for at least one year of full-time (minimum 30 hours per week) work under TEER 0/1/2/3 of NOC. 


Following employers are not eligible to make a job offer under this program:

  • An embassy.
  • A high commission or consulate in Canada.
  • Ineligible employers listed by IRCC. 
  • If you are a new employer and have not been in business for at least one year.
  • If you are hiring workers who intend to reside in Quebec. 

How Can X assist with LMIA, Work Permits, and Permanent Residency?

Expert Assistance with LMIA, Work Permits, and Permanent Residency Applications: The Can X team specializes in assisting employers with the LMIA process and obtaining work permits. Additionally, we extend our expertise to assist foreign nationals in applying for both their permanent residency and work permit simultaneously, particularly under the dual intent LMIA framework.

Mastery of Express Entry Programs: Our team possesses in-depth knowledge and expertise across all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This expertise ensures comprehensive support for foreign workers and employers alike.

Up to Date LMIA Regulation Monitoring: Can X stays abreast of the latest LMIA regulations, keeping clients informed about critical changes affecting job categories, durations, exemptions, etc. This is essential for compliance with Canadian immigration and employment laws.

Personalized Eligibility Assessment and Advice: Our tailored approach includes assessing client profiles for LMIA eligibility, providing clear guidance on meeting the criteria for a positive outcome, and advising on the nuances of dual intent LMIA applications.

Advertisement Posting Guidance: We guide clients through the LMIA-required job advertisement process, ensuring full compliance with Canadian employment standards.

Comprehensive Application Support and Legal Representation: Our professionals adeptly handle the preparation and submission of LMIA applications and offer robust legal representation before Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Work Permit and Permanent Residency Application Assistance: We assist employers and foreign nationals throughout the work permit and permanent residency application process, ensuring a streamlined and successful experience.

Diverse Clientele and Proven Success: We have a proven track record of securing positive outcomes in LMIA results, work permits, and permanent residency applications across various industries.

100% Success Rate for Qualified Employers: Our unmatched success rate in obtaining positive LMIA outcomes for qualifying employers is a testament to our expertise and dedication.

At Can X, we are committed to maximizing the chances of successful LMIA applications, work permit approvals, permanent residency applications, and compliance maintenance. Our dedicated team provides comprehensive, efficient, and effective solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of immigration, employment, and compliance for employers and foreign nationals.

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