This category covers jobs for the closed LMIA-exempt work permits. But the exemption of LMIA depends upon the nature of the job.
Merits to be considered
This exemption is only applicable when the employer is able to demonstrate that the prospective foreign worker will benefit Canada socially, culturally and economically. For instance:
- Technical jobs, creative and artistic jobs, self-employed engineers, etc.
- Intra-company transferees who have unique skills and experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy
- Employees under Mobilite Francophone
It refers to the opportunity available to the foreign workers to work in Canada within a particular industry where Canadians have similar job opportunities overseas. For instance:
- Professional athletes and coaches working with sports teams in Canada
- Academic coaches such as professors, guest lecturers and also the students participating in exchange programs
Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed
This includes the foreign nationals who are looking forward to performing their own business temporarily in Canada. To get a LMIA exemption on this ground, they will have to prove that their business would reap great economic, social or cultural benefits to the country’s citizens and permanent residents.
It becomes unnecessary for a foreign national to have a LMIA when he/she is temporarily transferred within the same employer company’s office in Canada. The position of the foreign national should be executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge position.
French-speaking skilled Workers
Foreign nationals who are french speakers and skilled workers with a valid job offer in a province or somewhere outside Quebec may be exempted from requiring LMIA for a Canadian work permit.
International Trade Agreements
Certain international Free Trade Agreements (FTSs) have provisions to simplify it for business people to perform their businesses temporarily in the signed countries. Whereas temporary foreign workers included within an applicable FTA still require a closed work permit, they do not require LMIA. Some of the examples of such trade agreements are:
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
- Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
International Youth Exchange Programs
Under this program young people are allowed to travel, live and work in Canada without needing an LMIA. For instance, the International Experience Canada’s category of young professionals is applicable to the youth with job offers in Canada that leads to the professional development of the country.
This exemption is applicable only in particular circumstances and depends on the discretion of the government body of immigration. This includes foreign workers such as:
- Recognized federal program’s sponsored Academicians, researchers, guest lecturers and visiting professors
- Medical residents and fellows, and people who have received academic awards through Canadian institutions
Note: Being exempt from the LMIA requirement does not imply that the applicant is also exempt from a work permit. While being under one of the categories of LMIA exemption one still requires to obtain a work permit to legally work in Canada.
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