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How many LMIAs do you complete per recruitment? Including Academic and Clinical Recruitment

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When applying for LMIAs for IMG foreign workers, do you have to complete multiple LMIAs for assessment periods and/or academic appointments that may form components of the role? We currently complete an LMIA for the academic role, an LMIA for the clinical, and an LMIA if an assessment is required.

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Asked on August 31, 2017 8:00 pm
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Hi Clint,

Sorry for the delay…I was finally out on vacation!
I agree with Elizabeth that you should only need to do one LMIA per Foreign Physician recruitment as it should encompass all the physician will do…that how we do it here in New Brunswick.

Kind regards,
Denise

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Answered on September 5, 2017 5:05 pm
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Hi Clint!
I’ve been working on quite a few LMIA’s recently – they seem to be taking longer and longer to process – are you finding that as well?

As for how many LMIA’s we complete, I must admit I am a bit confused. We apply for one LMIA when we have a physician who has accepted a position. We are an Academic Health Sciences Centre, so their appointment would be joint with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, but I submit the application for the LMIA on behalf of the Hospital. I never thought to complete more than one, no matter the clinical/academic/assessment role. We only do one application and the work permit they receive from that positive assessment encompasses everything.

It sounds to me like you shouldn’t need to do multiple LMIA’s, but perhaps there is something different between Alberta and Ontario?

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Posted by Elizabeth Mayo
Answered on September 5, 2017 2:27 pm

Thanks Liz,

Specifically in Calgary, the university does not have a teaching hospital, so the educational mandate is fulfilled within our hospital sites under an agreement between AHS and the UofC. Because of this, when we are recruiting physicians who will provide educational services, as well as clinical services, we complete two LMIAs. One for each role. This is further complicated when we hire a physician who requires an assessment in order to be licensed, so we sometimes end up with a third LMIA for the assessment period as they are paid differently and the work is significantly different during this period. We are looking to get to simplify this workflow, so we were curious what was occurring in other jurisdictions. Thanks for your perspective on this.

(Clinton Bishop at September 6, 2017 7:29 pm)