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Navigating LMIA Refusals: Your Comprehensive Guide

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a crucial step for Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers. However, LMIA applications don't always receive immediate approval. In some cases, they may face rejection. This can be a frustrating setback, but it's important to know that there are avenues for recourse. In this blog post, we'll guide you through what to do if your LMIA application is rejected and how to navigate the appeals process effectively.

Understanding LMIA Rejections and Refusals

Before diving into the appeals process, it's essential to understand why your LMIA application may have been rejected. Common reasons for rejection include:

  • Incomplete or Incorrect Documentation: Errors or missing documents in your application can lead to your application being returned to you and not processed, this is usually an easy fix.

  • Insufficient Proof of Recruitment Efforts: LMIA applications require employers to demonstrate that they have actively searched for Canadian citizens or permanent residents to fill the position before hiring a foreign worker. Failure to provide compelling evidence of these efforts may result in rejection, the program is quite strict with what must be included in job advertisements.

  • Wage and Benefits Discrepancies: The wages and benefits offered to the foreign worker must align with the prevailing wage rates in the region and meet specific employment standards, the employer must also ensure that the foreign worker will be paid the same amount as Canadian workers in the role.

  • Job Description Inconsistencies: The job description provided in your LMIA application must accurately reflect the duties and requirements of the position. Inconsistencies can raise concerns and lead to rejection if the duties are not aligned with the NOC code, this can also cause issues.

  • Impact on the Canadian Labour Market: If it's determined that hiring a foreign worker for the position could negatively impact the Canadian labour market, your LMIA application may be rejected.

What to Do If Your LMIA Application Is Rejected

Review the Refusal Letter: Upon receiving the rejection notice, carefully review it to understand the specific reasons for the refusal. This will help you address the issues effectively.

Consult with an Immigration Expert: Consider seeking assistance from an immigration consultant with experience in LMIA cases. They can provide valuable insights and guidance throughout the appeals process.

Correct the Issues: Address the specific reasons for rejection mentioned in the letter. If it's a documentation issue, ensure all required documents are complete and accurate. If it's related to recruitment efforts, provide more evidence of your recruitment process.

Resubmit the Application: Once you've addressed the issues, you can resubmit the LMIA application. You can usually advertise and fix the deficiencies with your application.

Contesting a Decision

If your LMIA application is refused and you feel as if it is was unjustified. You can either bring it up with a program director at Service Canada for review, or you can appeal the decision at Federal Court.


Facing an LMIA refusal can be challenging, but it's not the end of the road. By carefully reviewing the reasons for refusal, addressing the issues, and coming up with a plan of action to correct the refusal, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Seek professional guidance when needed such as from a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consulting, and be patient throughout the process. With perseverance and the right approach, you can achieve your goal of hiring a foreign worker in Canada.

Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is here to provide you with dedicated support. If you're struggling to navigate through LMIA refusals, feeling overwhelmed by paperwork, and unsure about what your next steps should be, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you every step of the way. Secure your online consultation slot today and let us guide you through the process. please get in touch and book an online consultation with us here.


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