Nikola Misina, and the Team at Premier Visa and Immigration Services, proudly extend congratulations to Ms. Mary Ann Malenab, Mr. Darell Briones, and Mr. Rex Gabrito from the Philippines for the approval of an LMIA and Work Permits under the Foreign Worker program. They were welcomed at the airport by their employer and officially started working for Redwood Inn and Suites in beautiful Clairmont, Alberta.

Employees will be working as Guest Services Associates and Room Attendants. They are prepared and ready to transfer their skills in this industry for the benefit of Canadian and permanent residency. They are also filling labor shortages in the hospitality industry and helping the employer to maintain steady businesses and revenue streams. These foreign workers will have a clear pathway to Permanent Residency through Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). If you are an employer wishing to hire workers using the Foreign Worker program, it can provide benefits to your organization by adding internationally skilled and experienced workers.

Read more for additional details on hiring foreign workers as an employer and for information on how to apply for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and access the program.


The first step would require an employer to obtain a neutral or positive LMIA application. This approval is issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). That is a verification process whereby ESDC assesses an offer of employment to ensure that a foreign worker’s employment will not negatively impact the Canadian labor market.

There are multiple types of LMIA such as: 

  • High-wage or Low-wage LMIA
  • LMIA for Agricultural Worker
  • Dual Intent LMIA (PR LMIA)
  • LMIA for Caregiver
  • Temporary Foreign Academic
  • Temporary Foreign worker through Global Talent Stream   

The second step of the process is the work permit application. Some visa-free country passport holders can apply at the border and can arrive on the same day. Other passport holders will need to apply for a work permit and wait for approval abroad. The processing time is anywhere from 1 – 3 months.

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