The Labour Market Impact Assessment exempt categories have been
expanded to include repair personnel for out of warranty equipment
Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) (formerly called Labour
Market Opinions) are required for firms looking to hire individuals
to come to Canada on work permits. An LMIA is a government issued
labour force verification process which states that hiring a
foreign worker won't have a negative effect on the Canadian
labour market. Within an LMIA, employers must explain how long they
advertised an employment position, how many Canadians were
considered, how many were interviewed, and why they were not
Currently, there are a few categories of employment which are LMIA
exempt (for which a foreign worker does not need their employer
to complete an LMIA) which include: dependents of foreign workers,
workers under international agreements, provincial nominees,
intra-company transferees, PhD students seeking post-doctoral
fellowships, and more. This list will now also include specialized
The LMIA exempt category c-13 has been expanded, as of May 21st
2015, to include those who can repair "industrial or
commercial equipment that is no longer under warranty or covered by
an after-sales or lease agreement." This amendment will allow
for preventative work to occur so that machine failure will not
disrupt Canadian productivity.
Most of these repair personnel and service technicians will only
be allowed in to Canada for a short period of time (i.e. less than
30 calendar days).
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, these service
personnel will be needed in cases when "there is a need for
specific knowledge... there is no commercial presence by the
company that manufactured the equipment being serviced (also known
as the Original Equipment Manufacturer [OEM]) ; and... Canadian
jobs would be greatly affected if the equipment is not repaired in
a timely fashion."
This development could possibly lead to more efficient
processing with Service Canada as they will process fewer LMIAs for
short term workers.
Though these individuals are LMIA exempt, this does not mean
that they will not require a work permit. They will still need to
provide evidence that they meet the requirements to perform the
work. These include formal job offers and evidence that they
possess the specific skills that are needed.
Additionally, those applying for work permits are still required
to carry all documentation with them. Foreign workers must carry
their proof that they are LMIA exempt as well as their own work
permits. We highly recommend carrying both of these documents
because not only are they required but they will also help to avoid
any unnecessary confusion or refusals at the border.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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