LMIA Fees: How much do I pay for LMIA in Canada?


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The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a crucial step in the process of hiring a temporary foreign worker in Canada. It is a document that is issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to assess the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labor market.


The application fee for LMIA requests is $1000 per worker, an increase from the $275 per worker fee for LMOs. In addition to this, a $100 Privilege Fee is also required.

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Here are the general categories and associated fees for LMIA:


  • High-wage LMIA: $1000
  • Low-wage LMIA: $1000
  • LMIA for Agricultural Worker: $1000
  • Dual Intent LMIA (Express Entry): $1000
  • LMIA for Caregiver: $1000
  • Temporary Foreign Academic: $1000
  • Temporary Foreign worker through Global Talent Stream: $1000

It’s essential to note that these fees are paid by the employer, not the foreign worker. The fees are intended to cover the costs associated with processing the LMIA application.

Please be aware that fee structures and amounts can change, and it’s crucial to check the most recent information on the official website of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) or consult with immigration professionals for the latest and most accurate details.


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