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Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, the current average LMIA processing times decreased for almost all streams except the low-wage stream:

  • Global Talent Stream – 10 business days
  • Agricultural stream – 13 business days (15 days less)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 5 business days (9 days less)
  • Permanent residence stream – 18 business days (31 days less)
  • In-home caregivers – 38 business days (15 days more)
  • High-wage stream – 40 business days (23 days less)
  • Low-wage stream – 58 business days (1 day less)