Applying for a work visa and LMO

Applying for a work visa and LMO in Canada

1. Application
Submit a Foreign Worker Application for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to the Service Canada Centre responsible for your area:

Alberta/NWT/Nunavut Nova Scotia
British Columbia/Yukon Ontario
Prince Edward Island Quebec
Manitoba Saskatchewan
New Brunswick Newfoundland

2. Confirmation Letter
Once HRSDC approves the job offer, send a copy of the HRSDC LMO confirmation letter to the foreign worker.

3. Work Permit
Inform the foreign worker to apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC decides whether the foreign worker will get a work permit according to the requirements to work and reside temporarily in Canada. 

For more details on recruiting overseas, including forms and special exemptions, please contact Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

Ontario’s Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (Pilot PNP) launched on May 24, 2007 aims to bring skilled immigrants to Ontario. This program allows employers to:

  • Apply for the approval of permanent, full-time positions to be filled by newcomers
  • Recruit individuals, who are newcomers to Ontario, to fill those positions

Who can apply for the Pilot PNP?

The Pilot PNP recognizes two categories of employers:

  • Employers Category
  • Multinational Investor Category
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