• Labor Market Opinion Processing Delays Possible as Government Evaluates Compliance Mechanisms
  • April 12, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The processing of applications for labor market opinions (LMOs) and accelerated labor market opinions (A-LMOs) could be delayed in the coming weeks as Service Canada, the country’s labor authority, examines its internal compliance mechanisms following recent allegations of abuse in the LMO program.

    The scope of Service Canada’s examination and its impact for clients will remain unclear until the Canadian government makes an official announcement. Service Canada’s internal inspections might focus on the A-LMO program specifically. Certain industries - such as IT consulting, which is the subject of some of the allegations - might be more closely scrutinized than others.

    Employers and their foreign workers may also want to prepare for increased scrutiny in other immigration processes, such as border inspections and work visa applications, as the recent allegations of LMO abuse and Service Canada’s focus on compliance might begin to influence other aspects of Canada’s immigration system. Employers are already expecting new restrictions on the temporary foreign worker program in the coming months under the government’s 2013 budget.