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The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a paper that is issued from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to assess the effect of hiring a foreign worker in Canada. A positive LMIA signifies that there is any Canadian citizens or residents who can fill a job, thus the employer is able to employ a foreign national. A negative LMIA means that the job must be filled by an Canadian national or permanent resident. Foreign nationals are not eligible to submit an application for LMIA. Instead, LMIAs are documents which require the approval of an Canadian employer. Sometimes, it is possible to employ an employee from a country that is exempt from the requirement for an LMIA or is not required to have an employment permit however, all programs of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) require employers to apply for the LMIA prior to being permitted to hire workers from outside of Canada. In addition, several of Canada’s immigration routes for permanent residence require applicants have an approved LMIA in order to earn points in exchange for the acceptance of a Canadian Job offer.

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