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ESDC announced new LMIA processing times

On July 4, 2024, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, this update provides a view of the current average LMIA processing times. It is important to note that the processing times have decreased for the Agricultural stream and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and increased or remained the same for other streams.

  • Global Talent Stream - 7 business days

  • Agricultural stream - 13 business days (-4 days)

  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program - 5 business days (-3 days)

  • Permanent residence Stream - 86 business days (+5 days)

  • High-wage Stream - 51 business days (+8 days)

  • Low-wage Stream - 54 business days (+4 days)


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