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In the context of an LMIA – how do you justify chosing an IMG over a canadian trained physican?

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Hi everyone,

This one is new for me!
Has anyone had any issues with choosing an IMG over a Canadian trained physician?

Have you ever had several Canadian candidates and then one international candidate who is a better fit for the organization?
What did you do? how did you justify not hiring a Canadian physician.

Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

Chantelle

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Asked on July 16, 2019 2:55 pm
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Hi Chantelle,
We do several LMIAs each year and have never had one turned down. We do vet the Canadian applicants very closely and invite all qualified individuals for an interview. In the event an international candidate is deemed to be the most qualified, we do link our justifications directly back to the posted advertisement. For example, we recently hired an Electrophysiologist from the UK over a Canadian applicant stating the Cdn lacked demonstrated experience in complex ablations. All reasons for declining a Canadian candidate must be skill/training related, not based on ”fit”. In some instances, we have simply stated ”lacked the requisite skills”.

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Answered on July 16, 2019 4:32 pm
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Hi Chantelle,
I am responding on the perspective of Fraser Health in BC. We seldom submit LMIA’s because most of our IMG’s are looking for PR. Therefore, we use the BC PNP program to facilitate this.

Getting back to LMIA’s, I have previously used this program significantly when recruiting IMG’s. Providing you have vetted any Canadian applicants, you should have no problem. If I did have a Canadian, I would keep notes on the reasons they were not successful in the event IRCC questions the decision.

Hope this helps!

Carol

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Posted by Carol Jeffs
Answered on July 16, 2019 3:26 pm