What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?
LMIA stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment. Other common terms that are frequently used are Approved Job Offer, employer sponsorship, LMO.
An LMIA is not an immigration application, and you (the employee) cannot apply for an LMIA by yourself. LMIA applications are submitted by the employer only. The company is the applicant.If a Canadian company wishes to temporarily or permanently hire a foreign worker, they must first request permission to do so from Service Canada.
Service Canada will assess if the job offer made by the employer to the foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labour market.
Positive Impact – By approving the job offer, the new position will create more jobs for Canadians and/or Canadians will receive training and experience from the foreign worker.
Negative Impact – If this job offer is approved, a Canadian who was qualified for the position would lose out on the opportunity, which would increase unemployment.
Permanent Residence and LMIAs – Having a positive LMIA assessment will grant you an additional 200 points on your Express Entry Application and greatly increase your chances of being given an Invitation to Apply [for PR].