Owner-Operator LMIA program
is the Owner-Operator LMIA program?
The Owner-operator LMIA program is one of the most
effective pathways for permanent
residency in Canada. The program allows the foreign national to
score extra points for the IRCC
Express Entry system, thereby increasing their chance of receiving an
invitation to apply for permanent residence by the Canadian government. The
problem with this idea is that it can be almost impossible for most foreign
nationals to enter Canada on a work permit.
This is because employers in Canada require a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for
the position. This requires the employer to advertise the position to Canadian
workers. However, to solve this problem, the federal govt. of Canada has
launched a program called Owner
does the program work?
program involves a two-step application
process. In the first step,
the business person should apply to the Employment and Skill Development Canada
(ESDC) office to get a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). After
receiving the positive LMIA, the candidate will be granted an LMIA work visa to Canada with the
validity of up to 2 years.
Once the applicant obtains the work visa, the
applicant becomes eligible to apply for permanent residence through the IRCC Express Entry Program.
What are the conditions for the renewal of the Work
The foreign investors can renew their Canadian work
permit for the next 2-6 years. The company in Canada can showcase its active
involvement in the business and meet all its owner’s employment conditions
Who is eligible for the Owner-operator LMIA program?
To qualify for
the Owner-operator LMIA program, the candidate must:
Show that they are a sole proprietor or
controlling shareholder in a Canadian business.
Show that they are prepared to employ at least
one Canadian or permanent resident.
Show that they will be in a senior management
position where they are not subject to dismissal (for example, CEO or Director
of the business).
What is the LMIA step-wise application process?
The step-wise process to get LMIA in Canada is as
The applicant, as an owner-operator:
Undergoes a business and immigration profile
Receives the comprehensive business plan and
supporting business Intel.
Receives a positive LMIA
uses the positive LMIA to receive a work permit (WP)
Creates the Express Entry (EE) profile
and applies the WP to the profile.
Receives the invitation to apply for permanent residence (PR).
It is important to
note that no RCIC or lawyer can guarantee that you will be successful at any
step in this process. Our strength is that we offer you highly experienced
immigration and business consulting professionals with a proven track record
and the necessary licensing from Canada’s regulatory bodies. Thus, we ensure
you have the best possible chance of success.
It is also worth
noting that the ultimate goal, permanent residency in Canada for
you and your family, is well within reach, given the fact that the positive
LMIA will add 200 points to your EE profile for your senior management
position. For 2020, the minimum points needed to receive the invitation to
apply for PR was in the range of 440 to 460. That means your EE points can be
as low as 260 and keep you well within the range of receiving the invitation to