LMO-Based & LMO-Exempt Work Permits

10 Oct, 2013 LMO-Based & LMO-Exempt Work Permits

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.


The Canadim Team!

  • Francis
    Posted at 19:08h, 09 November


    I would like to apply for work? How to apply?

  • Ravi Pattanshetti
    Posted at 12:02h, 12 December

    I belong from India and have done Bachelors in Nursing of 5yrs of experience.My question is for Quebec also need have IELTS (Academic) for CRNE? I would appreciate your reply.

    • The Canadim Team!
      Posted at 15:50h, 18 December

      Dear Ravi,

      Thank you for using our page.

      IELTS are typically required to submit your application. Both Academic and General modules are accepted.

      Regarding your nursing licensing in Canada, it is best to contact the regulatory body for nurses in the province where you want to live in Canada.

      Have you taken our free online assessment? Because as a nurse you receive the maximum amount of points for your occupation and is extremely likely with 5 years of nursing experience, you are very well qualified for Canadian Immigration.


      We look forward to hearing from you.


      The Canadim Team!

  • daljit singh
    Posted at 09:16h, 25 December

    Sir,i belong from india punjab I was applied a work permit for long haul truck driver base.i have 4 year experience in driving.2 time applied but canadian embessy do not give me visa .2 time same refusal . First is your current employment situation and second is your financial status. But I attached all supported document and my lmo is valid January 29 how should I will do .I m waiting for your reply. And which supported documents I will attached and reapply.

    • The Canadim Team!
      Posted at 13:21h, 03 January

      Dear Daljit,

      Please send a scanned copy of your LMO and any refusal letters you have from the Canadian Embassy to adam@canadim.com and I will take a look and see if there is anything we can do for you.


      Adam Pinsky
      Special Assistant to Attorney Dery

  • Cherrylyn Gigante
    Posted at 16:07h, 23 January

    Hi Sir,

    I am here in Canada Alberta already for almost 5 years now,my employer applies me for the AINP program which is the Employer Driven Stream, but sadly it was been denied because they need a certificate trade from me,my position is a Baker and they said i need to study the apprenticeship program or school,please help me on this, i dont know what to do now for me to be a permanent resident..thanks.

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