A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.
A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker is available to do the job.
If the employer needs an LMIA, they must apply for one. Once an employer gets the LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit.
To apply for a work permit, a worker needs:
1. a job offer letter, 2. a contract, 3. a copy of the LMIA, and 4. the LMIA number