ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Apr 2012In April 2012, the government of Canada announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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On April 25, 2012, the Government of Canada introduced an Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) process for qualifying employers sponsoring higher-skilled foreign workers. Existing law generally provided that, in order to hire a temporary foreign worker, a Canadian employer was typically required to first apply for and receive a positive Labour Market Opinion. The A-LMO presents an option for some employers to circumvent long processing times. In order for an employer to be eligible for the A-LMO process, they must:
* Have been issued at least one positive LMO in the previous two years;
* Have a clean record of compliance with the LMO program within the last two years;
* Not have been the subject of an investigation, infraction, or serious complaint; and
* Not have any unresolved violations or contraventions under provincial laws governing employment and recruitment
Employers who qualify for and submit an application to the new A-LMO process can expect to receive an Opinion within 10 business days.