This varies differently with the nature and type of applications, given there a multiple routes to getting a Canadian Visa. It depends on the type of work permit you need. If you need assistance in determining which route suits you the most, please reach out to our experts to get a free consultation.
Having a job offer does help make the case, but is not a necessity. Also, the job letter should meet certain requirements in order to be considered valid. In order to be eligible, the applicant’s job offer must either be exempt from requiring a LMIA or be backed by a positive LMIA.
There is no straight answer to this question. However, tentatively, it might take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months for the applications to be processed. The amount of time taken is a function of the type of work permit that one needs, the applicant’s country of residence and certain COVID restrictions as well that have been put in place recently.
Generally, it takes a minimum of 5 months to receive a response on a regular LMIA. To set the context on this, please understand that there are primarily two types of LMIA Applications – regular and simplified. The simplified LMIA is available in the province of Quebec and is generally processed in two to three months. The regular LMIA is processed on a case-by-case basis with processing times varying differently between applicants. If an employer qualifies for Canada’s Global Talent Stream, they may be eligible for expedited LMIA processing.