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Obtaining a Canadian LMIA-based work permit is one of the easiest pathways to temporarily reside in Canada. Foreign nationals working in Canada can choose between two types of work permits:

Open work permit - which allows them to work for any employer.

Closed work permit - which prevents them from changing jobs without obtaining a new work permit. 

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To hire a foreign worker and depending on the nature of the work, most Canadian employers may be required to apply for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). While there are different types of LMIA, it is required to recruit a foreign candidate if no qualified candidates are available in Canada. Once the government approves, the foreign worker can apply for a work permit using the LMIA. Moreover, a based work permit may also grant additional CRS points which could come in handy while applying for Canadian permanent residency.


When filing for an LMIA-based work permit, the foreign workers must showcase that they have the necessary skills and expertise to execute the job and they will comply with Canadian immigration laws. It is also important for foreign workers to understand and abide by the terms of the work permit. In addition to LMIA-based work permits, certain job categories are LMIA-exempt as well. Be it an open work permit or a closed one, the application process is intricate and requires attention to detail and a thorough understanding of the requirements set by IRCC.


With years of extensive experience in managing all sorts of work permit applications, Shariq Immigration takes pride in achieving a higher success ratio for its clients, thanks to our professional team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) who are experienced in treading the complexities of Canadian work permit applications.

Ali HaidryAli Haidry
17:51 19 Jan 24
Hassan provides great due diligence when it comes to guiding on various immigration, citizenship, and visa applications. I was fortunate enough to consult him on my ITA and further proceedings. Would highly recommend him and the team.
Ali ZiaAli Zia
04:58 18 Jan 24
I recently engaged Adnan for his immigration services, very knowledgable and adequate with rates.
Wayne JollyWayne Jolly
17:44 17 Jan 24
Highly recommend, great community & depth of knowledge
Nazir HussainNazir Hussain
23:52 12 Jan 24
I applied spousal sponsorship with the help of Hasan Shariq and it was a great experience. He is friendly, listens to his clients with patience and is a thorough professional.
Zeeshan AnsariZeeshan Ansari
02:01 09 Jan 24
I contacted Shariq for sponsorship case, he explained everything very well, guide to manage all the documents at once, review and respond on time whenever i inquired any question.With his guidance and services we got medical letter within 06 months and now waiting for visa approval.Five stars for Quality and on-time service.
Madiha BajwaMadiha Bajwa
15:45 28 Dec 23
Absolutely thrilled with the support we received for my husband’s spousal sponsor and visitor visa application from consultants Adnan and Hassan! They both went above and beyond, making the process stress-free. Their friendly approach and expertise made all the difference. Big thanks for bringing us closer! Highly recommend their services.
10:47 30 Nov 23
Hassan Shariq is the best Spousal PR Immigration Consultant in Canada. Anyone struggling with their immigration applications please contact him, as he helped us through our application and also answered all our queries on time. We are very thankful for his services.
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16:25 26 Nov 23
Shariq is the best immigration consultant in Mississauga if you are looking for spousal sponsorship application. I used his services to sponsor my wife for PR, she was based in Pakistan. He guided us throughout the process, was always accessible even after the submission of application. Because of the thorough work he did on our application, our spousal PR application got approved in exactly 6 months, while the average processing time for these apps is 12-13 months. Anyone looking for a quality immigration consultant, juts hire Shariq Immigration, its worth the money you pay.
kanza azeemkanza azeem
07:26 12 Oct 23
Shariq Hassan was a great help in assisting us with my sister-in-law's visa application. He made the process easy-going and stress-free. We appreciate his professionalism and dedication to our case. Shariq's attention to detail, clear communication, and his ability to answer all our questions thoroughly gave us peace of mind. He was patient and understanding, ensuring we understood every step of the application.Highly recommended!
Salome AlvarezSalome Alvarez
23:28 08 Feb 23
Hassan provided a great service! He is quick, efficient and does not waste time at all. He was able to help me when no one other immigration consultant could. Highly recommended!Mabel
Great experience with Hassan. He’s extremely efficient and cares about his clients.Would definitely recommend him to anyone out there looking for immigration processing.
Manav BhatiaManav Bhatia
07:14 09 Jan 23
Our previous express entry application was declined, so we wanted to work with a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. We found Hassan through the directory of Immigration consultants. Due to the pandemic, our express entry option had a very high waiting period, so he suggested going through the PNP process and applying through the Global Talent Stream pathway for experienced IT applicants. In spite of the longer process, since you must first get acceptance from the province you are applying to, we were still able to get our COPR within 12 months from start to finish. He consulted us properly throughout the whole process and wrote our Letter of Explanation (LoE) with great expertise and calmness. He has our endorsement as an Immigration consultant as he is a good communicator and knowledgeable.
Saleem ShaukatSaleem Shaukat
06:21 10 Dec 22
Thank you very much for your kind support. I got my study permit just in 18 days. I am very gladful that finally my dreams is going to be true by the guidance of Mr. Adnan and Mr. Hasan Shariq.The best thing of Mr. Hassan & Adnan is that they properly review the case and share guidelines as per candidate profile. Thank again.
Amgad AliAmgad Ali
20:11 07 Dec 22
My name in Amgad, I am from Cairo Egypt. I got my Canada business visa through Hassan Shariq. Very good service.
Afsara Hossain ArpaAfsara Hossain Arpa
12:39 01 Aug 22
Mr. Hassan Shariq helped me throughput my open work permit process. He always responded to my emails and always kept me updated about the process. 5-star service from his consultancy agency, highly recommend him. I would love to come back again in future for any other immigration services.
Sobia MelaSobia Mela
05:16 27 May 21
My nephew had an exceptional experience with him in regards to his student visa.The best thing about him was that he was always there to answer all his queries during the whole procedure. He is very professional and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to come to Canada either as a student or through any other stream.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is LMIA in Canada?

Labour Market Impact Assessment also known as LMIA is an assessment that a Canadian employer may need to get from the Canadian government before hiring a foreign national. In simple terms, it states whether or not hiring a foreign worker will have an impact on the employability of Canadian residents.

What is the validity of LMIA?

Generally speaking, the validity of LMIA to support a work permit application is 18 months.

What is the average processing time for LMIA / how long does it take to process LMIA?

As per IRCC, the following are the most recent average processing timelines for LMIA

  • Global Talent Stream - 7 business days
  • Agricultural stream - 12 business days
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program - 6 business days
  • Permanent resident stream - 73 business days
  • High-wage stream - 54 business days
  • Low-wage stream - 54 business days
Can a student get an LMIA in Canada while having a study permit?

With a few exceptions, LMIA may be required for a student who wishes to change his/her study permit to a work permit.

Is there a checklist for LMIA?

Yes, get in touch with us to discuss your case and the requirements.