Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

Imporptant Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

August 4, 2013

On July 31, 2013, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) announced the latest changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The changes concern mostly about Canadian employers’ application for Labour Market Opinion (LMO), with the aim to “ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs.” In this direction, significant changes…

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Employers fume as Ottawa tightens foreign worker rules

May 1, 2013

Note: The following is an excerpt from the same-name article on Global and Mail. As the articles suggests, the changes, if implemented, represent the biggest “overhaul” of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and the consequence will be far-reaching. Jeff Li Law Office will provide frequent updates on the foreign worker program and its changes. (Excerpt)…

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Bridging Open Work Permits for Certain Federal Economic Class Applicants

December 17, 2012

On December 15, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued Operational Bulletin 485. The title above and the contents below are self-explanatory. Summary Effective December 15, 2012,qualifying foreign nationals currently in Canada who have submitted an application for permanent residence (PR) under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)…

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LMO and Work Permit Application Updates

October 5, 2012

Disclaimer: The contents below are provided for general information only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should consult a competent lawyer when dealing with their legal matters. Jeff Li is not responsible for any actions taken by reliance on the information provided in this article, nor for any consequences associated with such actions.  …

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CIC issues Operational Bulletin on sex industry related work permit applications

July 13, 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issues an Operational Bulletin today entitled  “Work Permit applications for Temporary Foreign Workers for businesses in sectors where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation of some workers.” On July 4, 2012, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that they will no…

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Exotic dancers no longer eligible for work permits

July 9, 2012

Canadian employers will no longer be able to hire temporary foreign workers as exotic dancers or for other sex-trade work. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced last Wednesday (July 4, 2012) that they will no longer provide the paperwork needed to bring in temporary foreign workers for employment in the…

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Foreign workers face being sent home over work permit snar

January 31, 2012

Service Canada delays are leading to work-permit renewal rejections, putting thousands of foreign workers at risk:–foreign-workers-face-being-sent-home-over-work-permit-snarl Source:  

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10 most important immigration policy changes in 2011

December 29, 2011

 There are many changes, expected or unexpected, with respect to Canadian immigration in 2011. While some of the changes like super visa will facilitate some people’s entry to Canada, most are to fight immigration fraud and to limit immigration to Canada. “It is apparent that the Conservative Government is tightening immigration policy as a whole,”…

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What is an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO)? And what is the current processing time for AEO applications?

July 25, 2011

An AEO is a document issued by Service Canada in support of a person’s application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Applicants with a valid AEO will score extra points in the FSWP point schedule. More importantly, they are not subject to the caps imposed on the FSWP since June 2010. Unlike the Labour…

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How long does the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) application take in Toronto?

July 19, 2011

Due to the coming into effect of the new regulations, the Temporary Foreign Workers Program is experiencing longer processing time. Expect a minimum of 30 business days after you file the application in Toronto. A total processing time of 6-8 weeks is considered normal. The TFWP workload is increased because of the employer compliance and…

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