he process associated with obtaining a Canadian work permit can
be confusing for businesses and individuals alike. While most
clients are familiar with the concept of having to obtain a work
permit in order to work in Canada on a temporary basis, very few
are aware of how to go about accomplishing this task.
A common strategy is to simply enter a query into a search
engine and navigate through endless amounts of information on how
to obtain a work permit. This method may indeed prove useful to
clients who wish to gain a general understanding of the work permit
process. However, it is by no means a strategy that we would
recommend when actually applying for a work permit.
The most common method of applying for a work permit is by first
filing a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) application. In fact, some
clients, unless informed otherwise, assume that they must go
through the LMO process regardless of their personal circumstances
– or that of their respective employers - and have resigned
themselves to this. Of course, this is incorrect.
For those in practice, an LMO should been seen as a last rather
than a first resort. A client's work experience, job title,
tenure with their company, job description in Canada, et cetera,
are all relevant factors to consider when advising a client
regarding the immigration category that best suits the individual
applicant. For instance, clients that have worked in a managerial
role with the same employer for a minimum period of one-year may
qualify for a work permit as an intra-company transferee (ICT). ICT
applicants are exempt from the normal requirements of first
obtaining an LMO before being eligible to apply for a work permit.
This category has certainly proved useful for many clients that
have business operations in Canada or are planning to enter the
There are many LMO-exempt immigration categories that can
provide clients with an easier and more cost-effective solution
when faced with having to obtain work permits for themselves or
employees of the company. These exemptions should be first examined
when assessing a client's eligibility for a work permit. Only
once a client has exhausted all of the available exemptions should
the subject of applying for an LMO be raised.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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