Hire a foreign academic: Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment
Important: Changes to the LMIA fee collection
As of October 23, 2020, Service Canada is making changes to better protect employers’ financial information. LMIA application forms will now only request partial digits from a credit card. Upon application receipt, Service Canada will contact the employer to obtain the remaining digits in order to process payment.
5. Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment
Educational institutions hiring foreign academics for Canadian positions must complete, sign (where required) and submit the following information by mail or by fax:
- LMIA application form for high-wage positions (EMP5626)
- proof of business legitimacy
- proof of advertisement
A complete application means that employers have:
- used the latest version of the application form
- filled out all of the fields in all of the necessary forms
- included all of the required documentation
- signed the forms where required
- submitted the processing fee for each position requested
If an application is submitted and it is not complete, Service Canada staff will inform the employer that the application will not be processed. Incomplete applications and supporting documents submitted with the application will not be retained or returned to the employer. As a result, employers are advised to submit copies, not original documents.
On May 12, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a Temporary Public Policy. The new policy allows some temporary foreign workers (TFWs) already in Canada to change jobs before a final decision is made on their work permit application.
Employers hiring these TFWs may receive priority processing of the LMIA applications. To do so, employers must notify Service Canada in writing that the TFW:
- is in Canada, and
- wishes to benefit from IRCC’s COVID-19 Temporary Public Policy
Submit the application and required documentation by mail or fax.
LMIA applications for foreign academic positions (except for positions in Quebec) must be submitted to the Centre of Specialization responsible for processing these positions.
Positions in the province of Quebec
Mailing address and fax:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Service Canada LMIA Processing Centre
1001 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East 4th floor
Montréal QC H2L 4P9
A Quebec acceptance certificate issued by the province is required for positions in Quebec.
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