Lot of people mess up this section called “Intended work in Canada” section and end up risking their whole express entry profile. There’s no doubt the section title is bit misleading and confusing.
When I was creating my express entry profile, everything went buttery smooth until I arrived to this section called “Intended work in Canada”.
It includes one simple question:
Does FIRSTNAME LASTNAME have a job offer in Canada?
The offer must:
- be for full-time and for at least one year
- meet different requirements depending on type of job (i.e. some need apprenticeships and certification) and
- be non-seasonal for Federal Skilled Workers.
The problem is there’s not even a help button unlike other questions explaining the section better.
I went to Google and searched for the same thing with no luck in finding proper answer.
However, if you landed on this article with the same problem, you will get the proper answer for this confusing Intended work in Canada section.
The thing is, if you know something about LMIA, it would be easier for you to digest this post. If not, I will explain it to you what in the world is Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Yes. That section Intended work in Canada is for LMIA people.
If you are applying for Canadian Express Entry (CEC) class after one or more year of experience, you are supposed to select “No” in that section.
The reason is, if you select yes, the Canadian visa officer will assume you are applying under LMIA category.
What is Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?
It’s a category of applying for Permanent Residency in Canada for which you need a valid job offer stating they will be employing you for at least one year. If you haven’t worked in Canada and manage to get such type of offer from some employer, you can apply for PR under LMIA category before completing one year requirement. However, this is more complex and confusing process.
With that said, if you think you managed to get points and enough score without LMIA or you haven’t even heard what is LMIA, don’t worry about that section and just select No in Intended work in Canada section and move on for next section in your express entry profile creation.