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What’s the LMIA Online portal

LMIA Online is a reliable and secure online portal. It allows Canadian employers and third-party representatives (on behalf of employers) to submit their LMIA applications to Service Canada electronically.

What you need to do before you apply using LMIA Online

Important information for third-party representatives

If you’re a third-party representative and you want to apply for an LMIA on behalf of the employer, both you and the employer (such as the owner or an employer contact) must have a personal Job Bank account. You must also both be added to the “Users” section of the employer file for the business. The person who manages the employer file can easily add new users to the file on their own without Job Bank support.

What you can do in the LMIA Online portal

Once you create a Job Bank account, you'll be able to do the following in LMIA Online:

  • submit an LMIA application 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • complete or return to an LMIA application before submitting it to Service Canada
  • upload supporting documents
  • securely pay LMIA fees, if applicable
  • get real-time updates on the status of your application
  • view correspondence and decision letters issued by Service Canada
  • review previously submitted applications
  • access and follow the status of your application when a third-party representative is submitting an LMIA application on your behalf
  • create a new LMIA application by copying the information from a previous application
  • access TFWP system experts for technical support

Uploading documents to support your LMIA Online application

The size limit of each document is 6.0 MB. If you need to upload a larger document, divide your file into multiple documents smaller than 6.0 MB each.

  • Documents must be in PDF, RTF, TXT or JPG format
  • There's no limit on the number of documents that you can upload in the LMIA Online portal

Leave out confidential information

Don’t upload any documents containing confidential information, such as:

  • social insurance number (SIN)
  • banking information
  • passport number

Videos to help you use LMIA Online

The following videos guide you on how to use LMIA Online and what's in it for you!

LMIA Online: Troubleshooting

Some employers may be unable to access LMIA Online because they can’t create a Job Bank account or they need technical support.

If this applies to you, read the relevant sections below for more information.

If you can’t create a Job Bank account

To use LMIA Online, you need to create a Job Bank account using:

  • a SIN, and
  • a payroll account number associated with a business number issued by the CRA

If you’re unable to create an account, you can still submit an LMIA application by requesting the LMIA application form.

If you need technical support

Contact the relevant team to get help:

If your issue persists, you'll need to request the LMIA application form to submit an application.

How to request the LMIA application form

If your technical issues persist or you can’t get a Job Bank account, contact the LMIA forms team by email for a copy of the LMIA application form: EDSC.DEMANDE.FORMULAIRE.PTET-TFWP.FORM.REQUEST.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca

If you’re a third-party representative, you can submit this request on behalf of your client.

Include the following information in your email:

  • steps you’ve taken to resolve the issues preventing you from using LMIA Online
  • company name
  • business number
  • streams you’d like to apply to

We’ll review your request to determine whether an application form is justified in your case. You’ll get a reply by email within 5 business days.

How to submit an LMIA application form

If your request is justified, we’ll send you the LMIA application forms for all program streams by email. This email will include instructions on how to submit your application to the appropriate processing centre.

Application forms get updated regularly. Make sure you’re submitting the most recent version number, which can be found in the lower left corner of the form.

TFWP stream forms
Application type Form number Version number
Agricultural stream EMP5519 2023-12-006
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program EMP5389 2023-12-005
Global Talent Stream EMP5624 2024-02-008
High-wage stream EMP5626 2023-12-008
Low-wage stream EMP5627 2023-12-016
In-home caregiver EMP5628 2023-12-008
Permanent resident stream EMP5593 2023-12-007

Contact us

LMIA Online support

Information on the TFWP and your LMIA application

Job Bank

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