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I am working in Canada on a post-graduation work permit. Do I need an LMIA?

Questions from our client's case


He is currently 26 years old, graduated from UBC, and scored 470 points under the assumption that he gets a high Celpip test score. His plan is to work full-time for 1 year and then apply for Express Entry.

Question 1

I am working in Canada on a post-graduation work permit. Do I need an LMIA?

Question 2

Do I have to get a median salary?

*Median wage refers to the borderline between the highest and lowest (50:50) pay of workers in a specific position or occupation.

Question 3

To meet the minimum requirement of 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, can I combine the period of different job positions that I worked?


Answer 1

Not necessarily.

If you are working in Canada on a post-graduation work permit, and have a valid job offer, your current employer will need to get an LMIA if:

  • you need one to meet the program requirements for the FSWP or the FSTP and

  • your job is not exempt.

If a job is exempt, it means your employer does not need an LMIA to support your job offer.

If you are invited under the Canadian Experience Class, you don’t need an LMIA to meet the program requirements.

But, a valid job offer supported by an LMIA can get you more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. This can improve your chances of being invited to apply. So in that case, your employer may want to get an LMIA, even though you don’t need it to be eligible.

Answer 2

For Express Entry, You must have been paid a wage (or earned a commission) but there is no minimum wage requirement for your qualifying work experience. But you will need a median wage If you apply for LMIA.

Answer 3


If you have worked full-time as Skilled Worker (NOC 0, A, B) for more than one year within the last three years, you can combine those periods.

If you have questions we are happy to provide the best professional advice in case you have any questions or inquiries regarding maintaining your status in Canada.

Please feel free to contact us. Book a call with us today!


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