EXPLAINED: Simplified LMIA process to obtain a WORK PERMIT in Québec

If you are looking for a work permit in Québec and you have an employer who is willing to help you through the procedure, you might be eligible for the simplified Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

Simplified means that the procedures and processing times for you to obtain the work permit are reduced in order to facilitate your work permit application. For example, some requirements such as advertising the job for other Canadians, are waived in the simplified process.

The simplified or facilitated LMIA process is aimed towards professions in high demand as well as industry sectors that are currently experiencing labour shortages in Quebec. This list of professions and industry sectors is continuously updated and revised throughout the year.

If your occupation falls under the list below, your requirements such as advertising and transition plan for the LMIA application will be simplified.

Here is the list of occupations and their NOC (National Occupation Code) that currently qualify for the simplified LMIA work permit applications:

NOC JOB TITLE

0111 Financial managers

0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

1111 Financial auditors and accountants

1112 Financial and investment analysts

1121 Human resources professionals

1222 Corporate secretary (only this title)

1223 Human resources and recruitment officers

1225 Purchasing agents (only this title)

1241 Administrative assistants

1243 Medical administrative assistants

1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

2131 Civil engineers

2132 Mechanical engineers

2146 Aerospace engineers

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

2171 Information systems analysts and consultants

2173 Software engineers and designers

2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2175 Web designers and developers

2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians

2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

2234 Construction estimators

2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2253 Drafting technologists and technicians

2281 Computer network technicians

2282 User support technicians

2283 Application and video game tester (only this title)

3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3111 Specialist physicians

3112 General practitioners and family physicians

3131 Pharmacists

3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

3142 Physiotherapists

3143 Occupational therapists

3214 Respiratory therapist (only this title)

3215 Medical radiation technologists

3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists

3233 Licensed practical nurses

4021 College and other vocational instructors

4152 Social workers

4212 Social and community service workers

4214 Early childhood educators and assistants

4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities

5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

5241 Graphic designers and illustrators

6221 Technical sales specialists- wholesale trade

6231 Insurance agents and brokers

6321 Chefs (only this title)

6322 Cooks

7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

7237 Welders and related machine operators

7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers

7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (except textile)

7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

7333 Electrical mechanics

Click on each occupation to see if your job duties and employment requirements match the listed one.

You can also visit IRCC's website to find out more about the facilitated LMIA procedure: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/quebec/simplified-process.html

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