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ESDC published new processing times for LMIA applications

On March 13, 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) 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 reduced for the Global Talent, Agricultural, and High-wage streams while increasing for other programs.

  • Global Talent Stream – 9 business days (-1 day)
  • Agricultural stream – 15 business days (-3 days)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 12 business days (+1 day)
  • Permanent residence stream – 25 business days (+8 days)
  • In-home caregivers – 29 business days (+4 days)
  • High-wage stream – 33 business days (-1 day)
  • Low-wage stream – 36 business days
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