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The LMIA for Permanent Residency:

Transitioning from Temporary to Permanent Status Through the Express Entry System

Canada's immigration system offers many pathways for temporary foreign workers to transition from temporary to permanent status. The Labour Market Impact Assessment can often be a helpful tool in making this transition. In this blog, we'll explore how the LMIA process can be a stepping stone toward obtaining permanent residency in Canada, providing foreign workers with the opportunity for long-term settlement and a promising future in the country.

The Significance of Permanent Residency

Permanent residency in Canada is highly sought after, and for good reason. It offers numerous benefits, including access to publicly funded healthcare, social services, and the ability to live, work, or study anywhere in Canada. Moreover, permanent residents have the option to apply for Canadian citizenship after meeting certain residency requirements.

The Role of LMIA in the Transition

The LMIA is often a crucial step for employers seeking to hire foreign workers in Canada. It serves as an assessment of the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labour market. While the primary purpose of the LMIA is to grant permission for temporary employment, it can indirectly support a foreign worker's path to permanent residency in several ways:

Express Entry System: The Express Entry system is a points-based system used for selecting candidates for permanent residency in Canada. Skilled foreign workers who have a valid job offer supported by a positive LMIA can earn additional points of either 50 or 200 points which may enhance their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through the Express Entry draws. Note that an LMIA through any stream can be used for these points.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Many Canadian provinces and territories have their own PNPs that nominate foreign workers for permanent residency. A positive LMIA can strengthen an individual's application for a provincial nomination, as it demonstrates that the worker has a genuine job offer and support from an employer, programs such as the OINP rely on LMIAs to show that the employer has tried to recruit Canadian workers.

Work Permit and Canadian Experience Class: The LMIA can be a useful tool in obtaining a Canadian work permit which then allows the foreign worker to gain Canadian work experience. This contributes to the overall score of a worker in the Express Entry system, often giving them the points they need to be invited to apply through Express Entry.


The LMIA process plays a pivotal role in the journey from temporary to permanent residency in Canada. It not only allows employers to hire foreign workers but also provides a valuable opportunity for foreign workers to establish themselves in Canada for the long term. By understanding the various pathways to permanent residency and seeking professional guidance when needed, foreign workers can make a successful transition and contribute to Canada's diverse and thriving society.

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