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Labour Market Assessments (LMIA)


Global Talent Stream LMIAs


LMIA-based work permits


Visitor Visas


Super visas for parents and grandparents


Spousal sponsorships


Study permits


Change or extension of status


Temporary resident permits


Overcoming inadmissibility




LMIA-exempt work permits​

Work permits authorize foreign nationals to temporarily work in Canada.

Generally, foreign nationals need to have pre-arranged employment from an employer as a pre-condition for application for a Canadian work permit. There are exceptions, to this rule.

Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is usually a pre-requisite for work permit applications.

Although, the LMO-based work permits is the default category, there is a number of LMO-exemptions which allow faster processing of work permits.

  • Some of the LMO-based work permit exemptions are:
  • Intra-Company Transferees
  • North American Free Trade Agreement work permit for professionals from US and Mexico
  • Canada–Chile Free Trade Agreement work permit for professionals
  • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement work permit for professionals
  • Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement work permit for professionals
  • General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS)
  • Emergency Repair Personnel
  • Reciprocal Agreements
  • Significant benefit work permit
  • Post Graduate Work Permit
  • Open Spousal work permit
  • Work permits for children of foreign workers
  • Bridging work permits

Under limited circumstances, foreign nationals may perform specific work in Canada as business visitors.

In most cases, work permits are tied to a specific employer. However, some work permits allow foreign nationals to work in Canada for any employer (open work permits).

For more information on Canadian work permit categories, we welcome you to email or to book a consultation with immigration lawyer.

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