To recruit a foreign worker in Quebec, there are several steps.
The first is to make sure that you carry out recruitment efforts in the Canadian labour market to verify whether a permanent resident or Canadian citizen could fill the position you are seeking to fill.
At the same time, you continue to select the right candidate according to your needs.
Then, depending on the position and the candidate’s profile, we determine the type of work permit that is most appropriate, with or without an LMIA-CAQ exemption.
If an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Study) is required, it will be necessary to proceed in 2 steps – either obtain an LMIA and a CAQ, and then proceed to the work permit application, or by a Canadian visa office or at the point of entry, as applicable.
For LMIA-exempt work permits, the procedure is to apply directly to the IRCC for a work permit, after validating the job offer on the Employer Portal (IRCC).
When everything is finished, the candidate can come to Canada, and the Canadian Border Services Officer (CBSA) will issue a work permit at the point of entry regardless of the type of permit with LMIA-CAQ or exemption.