Canada Waives LMIA Fee for PR Applications under Express Entry System

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PR Applications under Canada Express Entry SystemA glut of benefits comes on one’s way through Canada immigration. The maple leaf country is a dream destination for some individuals who aspire to begin a new life and seek better career opportunities. With the launch of an Express Entry system, the entire Canada immigration process has transformed into a swift, flexible and more effective by emphasising on labour market needs. The country has amended its economic immigration system to offer more employment possibilities for employers in Canada and more career opportunities for potential skilled immigrants. Having a valid job offer supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from a Canadian employer improves one’s chances of getting selected from the Express Entry pool and receive an invitation to apply for Canada PR.  Even, the Canadian government has waived the LMIAs fee for permanent residence applications under the Express Entry system.

Reforms in Canada economic immigration system under Express Entry

The following are the some of the reforms made under the Express Entry system

  • Canadian employers play major role in hiring economic immigrants
  • Candidates, who hold jobs offer from Canadian employer, or provincial or territorial nomination would get the invitation swiftly
  • Canadian Job Bank system connects Express Entry candidates with Canadian employers
  • Employers might require an LMIA from ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada), and as per the amendments there is no fee for permanent residence LMIAs
  • Successfully selected applicants will receive an invitation to apply for Canada PR, and their permanent residence applications will be processed within a period of six months

What actually is Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

A document entitled as Labor Market Impact Assessment will be produced by an employer in Canada before recruiting an overseas employee. This LMIA document states that there is a need for an overseas employee to fill the jobs, as no Canadians are available. In some cases, a positive LMIA is called as a confirmation letter. However, applicants proposed employers should approach Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), which provides complete details on LMIA application process. In some certain situations, LMIA is not required to apply for a Canada work permit.

Role of employers in Express Entry

To pick the prospective immigrants from the Canada’s Express Entry pool, employers need to perform the following tasks:

  • Employers need to provide an employment offer supported by LMIA.
  • Must acquire a positive LMIA from ESDC, unless the applicants hold a Temporary Foreign Worker visa and already working in Canada with an LMIA. If a candidate is formerly exempted from LMIA, then the latest LMIA is required under Express Entry. Where an employer gets their LMIA associated with a number that will be given to the respective Express Entry candidate.
  • Employers must suggest their candidate generate an Express Entry profile or update the existing one with all the mandatory details such as the employer’s name, employer’s address, LMIA number, NOC Code related to the occupation.

Other amendments

Alongside with amendments above, other reforms are also introduced by the Canadian government for the employers of open work permit applicants. Under the new reforms, effective 21 February 2015   Canadian employers of open work permit applicants need to pay a new fee. A new process has also been introduced for the employers that must be followed while recruiting Labor Market Impact Assessment-exempt overseas workers.

Effective 21 February 2015, Canadian employers, who are recruiting LMIA exempt overseas nationals should produce the information regarding their business or organisation, Offer of Employment form and pay the fee to CIC.

The acceptance of this new system would mean that all employers, either recruiting LMIA-exempt foreign nationals or temporary foreign workers via the LMIA process have determined that there is the lack of Canadians for the job, and they will undergo the similar level of scrutiny during their recruiting and treatment of overseas employees. The compliance fee for an employer doesn’t relate to employers hiring overseas citizens who hold open work permits.

In line with the new amendments, an overseas national who hold Canada open work permit and desires to apply for a new permit for a certain employer, then that particular employer should pay employer compliance fee as well as submit the Offer of Employment form before the foreign national can apply for the new work permit.

If a foreign national who holds an open work permit wants to apply for a new permit for a specific employer, the employer must pay an employer compliance fee and produce Offer of Employment form ahead of the overseas national can apply for new work permit. New fees for open work permit applicants has also announced under the new amendments, which has come into effect on 21 February 2015.

These are some of the new amendments announced by CIC for employers recruiting overseas employees under various categories.

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