LMIA-Exempt Work Permit
Are you eligible?
There are certain work permits that do not require an LMIA, and they are as follows:
Covered by international aggreements
An LMIA is unnecessary for those under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), Canada Columbia FTA, and Canada Peru FTA
No LMIA is necessary if you have a job offer in the province you are nominated
An employee is exempt if a Canadian company transfers them to Canada
International Exchange Program Participants
Those under an International Exchange Program are exempt as well. Programs such as Youth Exchange Programs, Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP), International Experience Canada (IEC), and the Working Holiday Visa
Those with a PhD from a Canadian university, those with a post-doctoral fellowship at a Canadian institution, and certain academics
International students do not need an LMIA for their Co-op placements
Charity or Religious Workers
Foreign workers in Canada may be exempt if they are working for a charity or religious organization
Spouse and Dependents of Full-time workers and students
A spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian who sponsored them and obtained approval may be exempt, along with other dependents, such as the children of a foreign worker
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