What is Arranged Employment (AE)?

The purpose of an Arranged Employment (AE), is to have the Canadian government verify a job offer for the purpose of qualifying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), or circumventing its cap.

Canadian Immigration undertakes an evaluation of the permanent job offer to ensure that it is genuine and meets Canadian labor market standards under the National Occupational Classification. Most cases require for the employer to apply for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). If an employer wants to hire someone who is already in Canada, then an additional LMO is not usually required.

Once a candidate qualifies for an arranged employment opinion, Canadian immigration is assured that the individual will arrive in Canada ready to work and contribute to, rather than detract from Canadian social services.

Process of Arranged Employment

A valid job offer is made through a letter from the employer, stating that upon being granted with permanent resident status, the applicant will be employed on a full-time, non-seasonal basis.

  • In the FSWP, the offer must be for a permanent position with a single employer. The offer must be for a position that is classified as Skill Type 0, A or B in the NOC classifications.
  • In the FSTP, the offer can be constructed by two employers, so long as it is for at least 1 year of constant full-time employment in a qualified skilled trade. The offer must be for a job classified as Skill Level B in the NOC classifications.

In the case of recruiting an applicant who does not have a work permit or is not certified to work in Canada:

  • Employers must first submit an LMO application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). ESDC then reviews the application and, if qualified, the employer is given a neutral or positive LMO document. The employer would then provide this, along with a job offer (letter), to the foreign worker included in their immigration application. For more information on the LMO application process, please contact ESDC.

In the case of recruiting an applicant already working in Canada:

  • • Existing or acceptable LMO exclusions: Most temporary foreign worker who are already working in Canada under their employer listed on their work permit, can submit their Federal Skilled Workers application directly to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Should this case apply, there is no need for a new LMO; simply for the inclusion of the official job offer with their application. Someone who is working in Canada on a work permit that LMO-exempt under an international or federal-provincial agreement can also apply directly to CIC.

A new LMO is required if: an employer offers a job to a temporary foreigner worker which is not listed on their current work permit (who did not obtain an LMO to be hired), OR if the worker is on LMO-exempt work permit which is not under an international or federal-provincial agreement. In those cases, a new LMO is required to hold up the application to CIC.

Who needs Arranged Employment?

If you are applying for Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker program and the following criteria apply you to, you require arranged employment:

  1. Are outside of Canada and have received a full-time permanent job offer contingent upon obtaining Canadian permanent residence; OR
  2. Are working in Canada on a work permit that it set to expire before your application for Canadian permanent residence has been approved and you are concerned you will not be able to obtain an extension of your current work permit; OR
  3. Are working in Canada on a work permit but have been offered a full-time permanent job offer in a position or company different from the one you currently hold/indicated on your work permit.