LMIA-Exempt Work Permits

 To apply for most Canadian work permits, you will require an LMIA. However, there are some types of permits that do not need this and can be obtained immediately. Generally, for the work permit and LMIA, the details include:

LMIA-Exempt Work Permits

Which Work Permits Don’t Need LMIA?

1. Closed Work Permit

Usually, the LMIA is a must for anyone looking to work in Canada. A closed work permit guarantees that your position and employer will be those specified on the application. So, it’s essential not only from an administrative standpoint but also because you won’t have as much trouble finding employment.

2. Open Work Permit

Canada’s open work permits allow foreign workers to apply for any position anywhere in Canada, with no restrictions on occupation or employer. An LMIA is not necessary since you do not need a job offer before applying for one of these licenses.

3. Closed Work Permits (LMIA-Exempt)

Closed work permits that are LMIA-exempt are an excellent middle ground for employers and employees. They allow the foreign workers to start work in specific positions but do not require an LMIA like other visas.

Jobs That Are Exempt From LMIA

The LMIA process is a bit more rigorous, and it’s required for certain types of work permits. However, closed LMIA-exempt work permits offer some benefits because they allow foreign workers to be employed by one specific employer in a set position.

Usually, it depends on the nature of jobs whether or not this kind of permit will be considered exempt from needing one for employment authorization purposes. They include:

  • Entrepreneurs and self-employed.
  • Reciprocal employment.
  • International trade agreements.
  • Intra-company transferees.
  • International youth exchange programs.
  • French-speaking skilled workers.
  • Minister-designated exemptions.

Humanitarian Reasons

A work permit may be issued to a foreign national in Canada who cannot support themselves without working if the foreign national:

  • (A) holds a study permit and has become temporarily destitute through circumstances beyond their control and beyond the control of any person on whom that person is dependent for the financial support to complete their term of study.
  • (B) holds a temporary resident permit that is valid for at least six months.

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