Work In Canada
There are a few options for immigration applications for work. The two main options are an Open Work Permit or a Labour Market Impact Application.

LMIA-Based Work Permits

These can be used for different jobs and different work areas. This work permit is for the employer to hire a foreign worker. The permit is used to make sure that anyone coming to work in Canada can add to the labor market. Part of this permit includes making sure that no Canadian citizen was over-looked.

Employers would need to show that they tried to hire a Canadian for the job first. If this is shown in the work permit, the foreign worker can be formally hired. There are two types of positions within this permit.

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  • Low Wage Workers: For these positions, employers must help employees. This includes paying for round-trip transportation. They also should help make sure housing is available. They will need to pay for private health insurance. There is a limited amount of jobs within this sector.
  • High Wage Workers: This is more temporary than low wage workers. Employers can offer high wage positions but only temporarily. They must also show that they are working to hire Canadian workers. They will need to put in programs for apprenticeships and other needs. The focus for this kind of job is on “temporary” for the foreigner. The goal is to switch over to Canadian professionals.

Open Work Permit

This permit is for spouses and partners of temporary foreign workers. This permit allows spouses to work in Canada as long as the foreign worker has a valid permit for six months. The foreign worker must also have a job within the 0, A or B of the NOC.

Spouses of an international student can also apply for this permit. They cannot be international students themselves. The international student must be a full-time student in a post-secondary school . They can also be in a private school where they are earning a degree. The international student could also have a graduate work permit as well.

Remember that open work permits often connect with the spouse’s permit. This means that you will need to consider that for the submission of both.

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Exemptions

In some instances, international employees in Canada are excluded from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement. The following are the most typical problems under which Citizenship, as well as Immigration Canada (CIC), will waive the LMIA process for a Canadian work permit application

Exemption under International Agreements

This classification facilitates Canadian work permits for investors, traders, business visitors, and other professionals covered under arrangements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Under such international arrangements, the transfer of labour has actually been considered a benefit to Canada, therefore exempting the requirement for an LMIA.

Engagement in an International Exchange Program

The exemption also applies to those entering Canada as part of youth exchanges such as SWAP (Student Work Abroad Program), IEC (International Experience Canada), and also the Working Holiday Visa, teacher exchanges, and other combined exchange programs.

Business Pursuits

Private entrepreneurs wishing to begin or operate a service in Canada may qualify for an LMIA-exempt work permit. Eligible entrepreneurs have to fulfill these requirements:

  • Have single or majority stake in the business
  • The business must significantly benefit Canada
  • They should show that work carried out in Canada will certainly be temporary (for instance, seasonal business owners)

Entrepreneurs who have actually gotten Canadian permanent resident standing may additionally get approved for LMIA exemption.

Intra-Company Transfers

A Labour Market Impact Assessment is unnecessary when an international subsidiary or branch of a Canadian business temporarily transfers an employee to Canada in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge setting. If their work in Canada can demonstrably benefit residents or permanent residents, international workers are likewise exempt.

Spouses and Dependents

You may be exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment requirement if your spouse or common-law partner is a full-time foreign student or a skilled international worker in a given field. Sponsored spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens can also get the exemption. Other dependants, such as the children of foreign workers with valid work permits may also be exempt. Please note, spouses of Working Holiday Visa-holders are not eligible.

Get in touch with ATLIS Immigration today to determine whether your situation qualifies you under this category.


Pilot Project Work-Permits

A pilot project is a contract between the provincial/territorial federal government and CIC in order to motivate temporary international workers in specific areas. These agreements additionally relate to the spouses, common-law companions, and also dependants of qualified workers.

Provincial Nomination

No Labor Market Impact Assessment is required for workers nominated by a province or (in Québec) selected for permanent residence, provided they have a job or job offer in the district where they hold their certificate of nomination/selection.

Academic Work

Certain academics such as scientists, visiting professors, and guest speakers may be excluded from an LMIA. Do you fall under any of these categories? Get in touch with one of our experts at ATLIS Immigration Services today. We will help you through every step of the way.

Co-op Placements

An international trainee or student whose program includes a co-op work placement or internship might not require an LMIA. Are you an international trainee or student? Get in touch with one of our experts at ATLIS Immigration Services today. We will guide you based on your current position.

Spiritual Work

Charitable or religious work for a recognized institution or establishment may be excluded from an LMIA. Do you represent a religious organization? Get in touch with one of our experts at ATLIS Immigration Services today. We will let you know exactly you will need to fulfill the requirements.


LMIA exemptions might be offered for refugee claimants and various other individuals that require to sustain themselves while in Canada. For more information, please reach out to one of our experts at ATLIS Immigration Services today. We will guide you through the process.