Work Permit for Successful People under Significant Benefits to Canada

Gazala is a famous Algerian author, political analyst, and speaker. She holds a PhD in politics from University of Ouargla (Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla). She has written five books in French, two books in English, and three books in Arabic. She has delivered hundreds of speeches in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. She is known for her well-informed, pragmatic, and engaging speeches.  Gazala has been interviewed by hundreds of news outlets in the past few years. A Canadian news agency intends to hire Gazala as their African and Middle East  senior director. She will work in their office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The news agency wonders if they can skip the LMIA process and receive Gazala’s work permit quickly.

When you intend to work in Canada, you usually need to go through a process called LMIA, which is getting a seal of approval from an ESDC officer. The LMIA process is time-consuming, costly, and prone to failure.  Luckily, the government of Canada offers many LMIA exemption opportunities under the International Mobility Program or IMP.

The IMP programs comes with several LMIA exemption codes. One of these codes is C10 or Canadian interests – Significant benefit.

Jobs Falling under Significant Benefit

The jobs that fall under this code needs to meet the following criteria.

  • There is no other LMIA exemption codes for the position
  • The job results in significant benefit to the social or cultural fabric of Canada
  • The employer is not a frivolous employer

Employees Falling under Significant Benefit

The employee needs to be extremely successful in their field. Their track record needs to show they are able to significantly contribute to the Canadian social, economic, or cultural fabric. The officers heavily rely on external resources to approve the employee. For example, they look into referral letters from experts in the field and articles published on credible media outlets. They also look into the history and credentials of the applicant. They, for example, consider the applicant’s educational background and their employment or business experience.

The officers tend to refuse requests and ask for an LMIA unless they find the answers to the following questions convincing:

  • Has the applicant received any national or international awards or recognition?
  • Do the current and previous employees attest to the relevancy of the applicant’s experience and skills to the offered position in Canada?
  • Has the applicant ever been a judge of the works of others in their field?
  • Has the applicant published research papers, books, or articles related to the offered position?
  • Are the applicant’s educational background and credentials significant and related to their area of expertise?
  • Is the applicant a member of well-known national or international organizations in their field?
  • Has the applicant ever led any organizations related to the offered position?

The preceding list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but it can help you have an idea about a potential successful candidate. Some candidates may not fall under this code (i.e. C10), but they may qualify for other LMIA exemption codes. Read the following article for more insight.

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Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting

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This article provides information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not provide legal advice nor should it be relied upon. If you have specific legal questions you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for official immigration advice book an appointment. All the characters in the articles are fictional, unless otherwise clearly stated. Any resemblance in names, dates, and places (whether individuals or organizations) is coincidental.


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Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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