I am working in Canada on a valid work permit. Does this count as a job offer?
No, a work permit is not a job offer. A job offer is valid if your current or future employer:
- has made a written offer to give you a full-time, non-seasonal job for one year or more if you are accepted as a permanent resident and
- has a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (or the job is LMIA-exempt)
This is true whether you are working in Canada or not.
There are only two reasons that an employer making you a job offer does not need to get a new LMIA:
- if you are already working for them with a work permit based on that LMIA
- if you work in a job that does not need an LMIA.
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