Significant changes are coming very soon to the way that job offers are assessed in the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Beginning on May 4, 2013, most offers of arranged employment will require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from HRSDC, certifying that no Canadians or permanent residents are available for the position. LMOs are also used in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and the process will be the same for Federal Skilled Worker applicants.
Previously, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) required Arranged Employment Opinions (AEOs) from HRSDC for all job offers in the Federal Skilled Worker Program. CIC has announced that AEOs will only be valid until May 3, 2013, and any pending AEO applications will no longer be processed after this date. Employers with pending AEO applications will have the option of submitting an LMO application.
For additional information, please contact Green and Spiegel LLP.