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LMO-Based & LMO-Exempt Work Permits

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LMO Based Work Permits

The vast majority of Canadian work permits fall under this category. All require a job offer from a Canadian employer and almost all require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).

These represent the greatest percentage of Canadian Work Permits for residents outside NAFTA member countries. How it works is you receive a Canadian job offer and then file for the LMO. If the LMO is approved then you are clear to proceed with the work permit application.

It is important to note that the LMO process is unique for each position and working with the right legal representative, that has the experience and expertise needed, will increase the likelihood of you being granted a positive LMO.

LMO Exempt

The major category of LMO Exempt Work Permits are intra-company transfers. If your company has a Canadian branch and you are transferred there, most likely you will not require an LMO. You will have to demonstrate that you are in managerial/executive role or possess specialized industry knowledge.

Other types of LMO exempt permits are open work permits for the accompanying spouse. Your spouse’s eligibility for an open work permit will depend on the nature of your work permit. Other types of LMO exempt permits include open work permits for students, working holiday visas and various international agreement programs that allow an applicant to directly apply for the work permit, skipping the LMO stage.

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