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Owner Operator LMIA is different from your typical LMIA as it focuses more on your business proposal as opposed to assessing a single candidate. Some of the benefits to an Owner Operator LMIA include having the chance to operate your business in Canada, the freedom to launch your business in any Canadian city, and no mandatory advertising/recruitment process required.

ELIGIBILITY

Be the primary shareholder of the business

  • Demonstrate that your business will create jobs for Permanent residents or Canadian citizens
  • Must be the highest position within the business
  • Actively involved with the business 

This is a complicated application process required intensive information from you for our research and assessment.

LMIA processing fee:  $1,000/per employee request

LMIA Processing Time

It can take up a few weeks to a couple of months. 

The Owner/Operator category has been removed from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as of April 1, 2021. Though, if you meet the below requirements, you can still apply to come and work for your business in Canada.

In order to start a business in Canada, foreign nationals need to get a work permit. The right work permit for you may depend on where you’re from, your role in the company, or what kind of impact your business will have on the Canadian labour market.

The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a Canadian work visa using an Owner Operator LMIA for a foreign beneficiary are complex and usually require legal expertise

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