The LMIA application processing times take longer after updating the system
Updated: Jan 13
Service Canada has encountered unforeseen technical issues after updating the system to modernize and improve the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) processing. Due to that, applicants may experience longer processing times as well as longer waiting times for requests such as name additions or changes.
In order to avoid duplication and further delays, applicants who have already submitted their requests are asked not to submit new ones. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online. Service Canada says that efforts are being made to minimize the impact of this and resolve issues as quickly as possible.
Many factors must be considered in order to issue an LMIA decision. You can help reduce delays in processing your application by:
ensuring your Labour Market Impact Assessment application is complete before it is submitted
responding promptly to Service Canada's requests for additional information or documentation
The table below shows the average Labour Market Impact Assessment processing times for November 2021.
Average processing time
Global Talent Stream
14 business days
31 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
18 business days
Permanent residence stream
50 business days
36 business days
60 business days
58 business days
Note that for more efficient LMIA application process, Service Canada strongly recommends that you submit your applications electronically using the LMIA Online portal.