If you are looking to employ a foreign caregiver, you have a lengthy and frustrating process ahead of you. The key to ensuring success is to understand the process, and to have the right information and support.
So first, we need to tackle what does LMIA stand for.
An LMIA is a Labour Market Impact Assessment application, a process that the Canadian government requires in order to hire a foreign caregiver. The LMIA replaced the previous application known as the Labour Market Opinion or LMO in 2014. This application is an extremely challenging process for families. The LMIA was created to prove that employers are unable to find a qualified Canadian or permanent resident to fill the job opening. Remember: the government must protect the jobs of Canadians, and they want Canadians to have the first chance at these opportunities. As the employer, how do you prove that you have been unable to find a qualified Canadian or permanent resident to fill your job vacancy? Answer: Follow the steps outlined in the LMIA process.
There are various stages, all of which require knowledge of the LMIA process, attention to detail, patience, time and experience. You must prove who you are, where you live, that you can afford to hire a caregiver, and that you have children or an individual who requires care. Most importantly, you need to prove that you have completed an extensive search to find a Canadian or permanent resident by meeting very specific search criteria,.
These are the key components to the LMIA process:
That means that when you do this application, you want it done right — the first time. There are many steps in place that can trip up an inexperienced employer. Don’t take any chances with this crucial application.
Immigration Canada regulates who is able to give advice on LMIA applications. Only ICCRC registered Immigration Consultants are permitted to assist you with this process and to act on your behalf with Service Canada. Use an experienced, professional agency with a qualified immigration team who has success with the new LMIA process. Ask for references. Fees vary according to experience of the agency, but as the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for!”
Diamond Personnel is proud of our ICCRC-certified immigration department, with hundreds of approvals of LMIA’s for caregivers and other temporary foreign workers.
June 23, 2015
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