LMIA stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment. Employers need to acquire a positive assessment before hiring a foreign worker as a household employee. The assessment is done by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to ensure a foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labor market.
What are the requirements of LMIA?
Can you do this yourself?
Yes. But it takes a lot of time, and worse, you are likely to get declined. The $1,000 fee is non-refundable, and you will have to start again (and pay again).
What do we recommend?
HeartPayroll recommends that you hire a LMIA expert to help with the paperwork. We aren't experts, but many of our agency partners are. Here are some choices, in no particular order:
How long does it take?
It can take several months. The exact length of time depends on whether the caregiver is in Canada already, and if not which country they are located in.