Applying for an Unnamed Labour Market Opinion
Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, employers can apply for a labour market opinion (LMO) before a temporary foreign worker (TFW) has been identified. LMO applications that do not contain the names of the TFWs will be assessed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada and employers who meet the requirements will receive a positive “Unnamed LMO”, valid for 6 months.
This unnamed LMO option does not apply to all Program streams and is not offered in all provinces/territories. An unnamed LMO application can only be submitted for available positions in:
|Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program||Agricultural Stream||Live-in Caregiver Program||Stream for Lower-skilled Occupations||Stream for Higher-skilled Occupations|
|Canada (except Quebec)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Province of Quebec||Yes||No (unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)||No (unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)||No (unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)||No (unless the employment is for a period of less than 30 days)|
Note: In Quebec, employment offers less than 30 days do not require approval from the ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC).
The process for an unnamed LMO application consists of:
- The employer submits an LMO application without completing the "Foreign Worker Information" section or by indicating "Unnamed" in that section.
- The application must be accompanied by all supporting documentation as the assessment is the same as a standard LMO application.
- The employer must continue to make efforts to recruit Canadians and permanent residents until the names of the TFWs have been provided.
- ESDC/Service Canada verifies that the LMO application meets the criteria for an unnamed LMO, and assesses the application according to the Program requirements.
- If the result of the assessment is positive, a positive LMO letter labelled "Unnamed LMO" will be sent to the employer for a given number of positions, and a specific period of employment. The letter will include a "Foreign Worker Name Template".
- As soon as the TFWs have been identified, the employer must complete and submit the “Foreign Worker Name Template” to ESDC/Service Canada.
- ESDC/Service Canada will add the names of the TFWs into the system and issue an official positive LMO letter to the employer within 5 to 10 business days. The official positive LMO letter will include the same expiry date as the unnamed positive LMO letter.
TFWs must apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) before the expiry date of the positive LMO. Their applications for a work permit must include a copy of the official positive LMO letter, the annexes, and the employment contract.
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