Canadian Businesses can now bring Temporary foreign workers faster: Transcend Consultants

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The HRSDC recently introduced a new initiative to enable qualified Canadian businesses to quickly obtain the necessary permission required before their selected foreign workers can apply for a Work permit. The Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) Initiative, introduced in April promises to reduce the front-end vetting and thus, lower time-frames for Canadian business.

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The HRSDC has recently introduced an initiative, aptly termed as Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) which aims to reduce the processing time to as low as 1 week..

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Canadian Businesses are in for a treat, when recruiting Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) to quickly fill their labour market needs, with the introduction of the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion initiative by HRSDC.

In most cases, Canadian businesses need a permission before their selected foreign workers can start working in Canada. There are 2 types of permissions required; Labour Market Opinion (LMO) issued by HRSDC for the Canadian business, and a Work Permit issued by the Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) to the foreign worker. The Work permit application, in most cases cannot be made without LMO.

In the past few years, the LMO processing times have grown as long as 12-16 weeks. Part of the reason for the timelines is related to the amount of verification of the documents that an Officer has to do, when processing an application.

The HRSDC has recently introduced an initiative, aptly termed as Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) which aims to reduce the processing time to as low as 1 week, while maintaining the integrity of the decision-making related to the temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This will be achieved by replacing the voluminous paper submissions in traditional LMO applications with self-attestations.

The A-LMO initiative applies to Canadian businesses, who have received at least 1 LMO approval within the last 2 years, have been in compliance and have a generally clean record.

HRSDC states that the Canadian businesses receiving such A-LMOs may be audited subsequently for compliance with the TFWP criteria.

There are exemptions for LMO related to certain occupations.

This is among a series of recent changes aimed at streamlining the process, while improving the integrity of the TFWP. One of the recent change towards the latter objective, allows only Authorized representatives to deal with the HRSDC on behalf of Canadian businesses. The author of this article, a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is such an Authorized Representative.

For more information about the A-LMO criteria and process, or about any Canadian immigration program, contact Transcend Consultants at the coordinates below.

Transcend Consultants is a full-service Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm, operating from Brampton, Ontario and serving clients globally. Their practice areas cover economic and family immigration programs, and focuses on immigration for business or investment purposes. Their principal consultant, Deepak Kohli, a management graduate with training and wide ranging experience in various Canadian immigration programs fuses his experience with a variety of industries for successful immigration outcomes.

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Deepak Kohli
Transcend Consultants
35 - 173 Advance Blvd.
Brampton Ontario CANADA
Twitter: @transcendc
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