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LMIA-exempt job offers – skilled immigrants (Express Entry)
In most cases, your employer needs a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to support your job offer for Express Entry. Some jobs do not need an LMIA.
- Your employer doesn’t need an LMIA to support your job offer if:
- you have been working full-time for the employer on your work permit for at least 1 year(or an equal amount of part-time work)
- you have a valid job offer, and
You have a valid work permit that is exempt from an LMIA under:
- an international agreement
- a federal-provincial agreement
- the “Canadian interests” category
Jobs exempt from the LMIA
You may be exempt from needing an LMIA for Express Entry if your current temporary job is LMIA-exempt, states a specific employer or employers (for skilled trade jobs, up to two employers can make a job offer), and is:
- Covered by an international agreementlike NAFTA or GATS, and non-trade agreements. This can include professionals, traders and investors.
- Covered by an agreement between Canada and a province or territory.This includes “significant investment” projects.
Exempt for “Canadian interests” reasons:
“Significant benefit” – if your employer can prove you will bring an important social, cultural, and/or economic benefit to Canada. This can include:
- General: Self-employed engineers, technical workers, creative and performing artists, etc.
- workers transferred within a company (intra-company transferees with specialized knowledge) – only those that will benefit Canada with their skills and experience
- workers under Mobilité francophone
Reciprocal employment – lets foreign workers get jobs in Canada when Canadians have similar opportunities in other countries
- general (such as professional coaches and athletes working for Canadian teams)
- International Experience Canada – a work abroad program for youth and young professionals
- people in exchange programs like professors and visiting lecturers
Designated by the Minister
- academics, including researchers, guest lecturers and visiting professors (sponsored through a recognized federal program)
- competitiveness and public policy
- medical residents and fellows
Post-doctoral fellows and people who have won academic awards from Canadian schools
Charity and religious work (not including volunteers)