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LMIA exempt

Canadian Immigration system, especially economic stream, is based on the simple fact: how would the applicant benefit Canadian economy?

LMIA exempt work permit are not different. You might be eligible to hire an employee without LMIA or advise your employer they might not need to LMIA for your application if one of the following conditions is met:

  • Part of non-trade agreements covered by an international agreement like CUSMA or GATS. This can include professionals, traders and investors.

  • covered by an agreement between Canada and a province or territory. This includes “significant investment” projects.

  • Canadian interests’ exemptions

1. “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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Charity and religious work (not including volunteers)

In addition to above self-employed individuals, entrepreneurs and intra-company transfer employees might be eligible for LMIA exempt work permits.

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