A Valid Job Offer For Express Entry Canada

What makes a job offer valid under Express Entry

What makes a job offer valid under Express Entry?

Frequently, it can be confusing what constitutes a valid job offer for Express Entry. While most jobs require an LMIA, it also has several specific conditions for employers and employees.


Job Offer For Express Entry Canadian Experience Class & Federal Skilled Workers

If you are applying under, either the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker program, your job offer must meet the following requirements:

For a job offer to be valid, it has to be:

  • Offered by one employer
  • Be continuous
  • Paid
  • Should be full-time or at least 30 hours per week
  • Not be seasonal employment.
  • It should last at least one year after you get your permanent resident visa
  • The position should be:
    • in Skill Type TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 (NOC 0, A or B)

Other requirements include the following:

  • An employer must make the job offer with a new positive LMIA that approves your offer and includes your name and position; Or
  • You must be working in Canada in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 (NOC 0, A or B) job on a valid LMIA-based work permit; and you must be:
    • Working for an employer mentioned on your work permit
    • Authorized to work in Canada when you apply for your permanent resident visa and receive it
    • Offered a full-time job by your current employer for at least one year if you are accepted as a permanent resident; Or
  • You must have a valid LMIA-exempt work permit for a TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 (NOC 0, A, or B) job; and you:
    • must be currently working for the specific employer mentioned on the work permit
    • Have one year of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time experience for the same employer
    • Should have a valid job offer from the same employer for at least one year after you receive your permanent resident visa.

What your job offer for Express Entry must include? 

Your job offer for Express Entry must be:

1. A recent or new job offer that is less than a year old
2. The job offer should be in writing.
3. It should not be from an embassy, consulate or high commission in Canada.
4. Include details about the position, such as Job Duties, Pay, and deductions, Hours of work, as well as conditions of employment.

LMIA-exempt job offers

For Express Entry, your employer doesn’t need an LMIA if you:

  • have been working full-time for the employer on your work permit for at least one year (or an equal amount of part-time work),
  • have a valid job offer, and
  • have a valid work permit that is exempt from an LMIA under:
    • an international agreement,
    • a federal-provincial agreement, or
    • the “Canadian interests” category.

You may be exempt from needing an LMIA for Express Entry if your current temporary job (i) is LMIA-exempt, (ii) states a specific employer or employers (if FST), and  (iii) is:

  • covered by an international agreement like NAFTA or GATS, and non-trade agreements.
  • covered by an agreement between Canada and a province or territory. This includes “significant investment” projects.
  • exempt for “Canadian interests” reasons:
    • “significant benefit” – if your employer can prove you will bring an important social, cultural, and/or economic benefit to Canada. This can include:
      • general: Self-employed engineers, technical workers, creative and performing artists, etc.,
      • workers transferred within a company (intra-company transferees with specialized knowledge), or
      • workers under Mobilité francophone.
    • Reciprocal employment:
      • general (such as professional coaches and athletes working for Canadian teams),
      • International Experience Canada,
      • people in exchange programs like professors and visiting lecturers.
    • Designated by the Minister:
      • academics, including researchers, guest lecturers and visiting professors,
      • competitiveness and public policy.
    • Charity and religious work (not including volunteers)

These categories can be exempt only if you also meet the criteria in the first section of this page.

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