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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 offerand

     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)