January 16, 2008

Don't Waste Your Labor Market Opinion (LMO)

Labor Market Opinion (LMO) is an opinion being given by Human Resource and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) or to employer about the likely impact of hiring foreign worker to Canadian labor market.

A positive HRSDC Labour Market Opinion supports the hiring of a foreign worker for a temporary position in Canada, and is one requirement that Citizenship and Immigration Canada considers when deciding to issue a Work Permit to the foreign worker.

Yesterday, a client visited me in our office to discuss her case: Refused Work Permit Application.

She have a posotive Labor Market Opinion (LMO) for a Job Offer from Tim Hortons. She filed her application direct, and her application was refused on two grounds:

1. Visa Officer was not convinced that she will return after the employment contract ended.
2. Insufficient Work Experience.

She could have made it had she provided sufficient supporting documents, which she actually have! Unfortunately, her application is not open for appeal.

Getting a positive Labor Market Opinion is one thing. But having your visa approved is another. For visa application assistance, email me at aapuntar@go2canada.com