Can LMIA be rejected? How long does it take to get LMIA approved?


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Yes, LMIA applications can be rejected. The approval or rejection of an LMIA application depends on various factors, including the information provided by the employer, the labor market conditions, and how well the application aligns with the relevant regulations and criteria.


The rejection rate for LMIA applications varies depending on the province and the type of job being offered. These conditions that justify why we cannot process an LMIA application include regulatory authority and public policy considerations in ministerial instructions.

If the LMIA is approved, the employer will receive a positive LMIA, and the foreign worker can then proceed with the work permit application. If the LMIA is rejected, the employer may have the option to reapply or address any deficiencies in the initial application.


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The processing time for an LMIA application can range from a couple of weeks to a few months. The human resources authorities typically take about two months to process an LMIA request once it is received.

However, the processing time can vary depending on the number of applications received by the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

To reduce processing times, you can submit your application using the LMIA Online Portal, ensure that your LMIA application is complete before it is submitted, and respond promptly to Service Canada requests for additional information or documentation.


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