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Old Feb 13th 2013, 5:00 pm   #1
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Hi all,

Has anyone any information how long it is taking Service Canada to process a LMO application in Ontario in 2013 after it has been submitted to them? Any information from people who have just gone through the process would be much appreciated!

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Seems to be about 12-16 weeks at the mo.

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Hopefully not.. That's very slow! I'm under pressure to get it through quicker. Thanks for the reply.



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Oh dear. Why the rush?

That is a general guide, some provinces take longer than others (BC seems particularly slow at the moment), hopefully Ontario is quicker for you.

I take it your employer doesn't qualify for the A-LMO program?
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yes it sure can take alloooot longer than that, especially when paperwork gets lost over their end! (we are waiting for a LMO in MB) their LMO's are taking a minimum of 12 weeks of what i understood. Good luck! x
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The employer would like me starting as soon as possible. I was thinking more along the lines of 8 weeks and a max of 10.. Will let you know how it goes! Thanks
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Our employer also wants my hubby out there asap but that doesnt mean he can speed the LMO process up im afraid, it takes as long as it does... We waited over 25 weeks for the first time then decided we had to resend papers again which they are now processing xx
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25 weeks sounds like they just messed it up or lost it.. Came across this yesterday (updated Jan 2013): http://www.immigrationnation.ca/file...te%20final.pdf
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No, 25 weeks is perfectly normal. We had somebody that other day that had waited 10 months I believe! With so many LMO's being refused at the mo it seems that HRSDC are just being extra careful and taking longer processing applications. There's really no way of knowing how long yours will take, some are as quick as 3 or 4 weeks, others take months and months. Fingers crossed yours will be the former!

The file you've linked to isn't from an official source btw, best to just use the stats and info given by HRSDC and CIC if you want to be sure it's accurate.
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Has anyone any information how long it is taking Service Canada to process a LMO application in Ontario in 2013 after it has been submitted to them? Any information from people who have just gone through the process would be much appreciated!

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It took us 12 weeks almost to the day but that included Christmas and New Year closures.
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Yeah I know it's not official but I assume they have some basis.. I won't take it as gospel anyway. Why are so many being refused at the moment? I hadn't heard that! My lawyer put together a comprehensive package detailing the extensive recruiting efforts etc so I hope it's all fine. Cheers

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No, 25 weeks is perfectly normal. We had somebody that other day that had waited 10 months I believe! With so many LMO's being refused at the mo it seems that HRSDC are just being extra careful and taking longer processing applications. There's really no way of knowing how long yours will take, some are as quick as 3 or 4 weeks, others take months and months. Fingers crossed yours will be the former!

The file you've linked to isn't from an official source btw, best to just use the stats and info given by HRSDC and CIC if you want to be sure it's accurate.
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Yeah I know it's not official but I assume they have some basis.. I won't take it as gospel anyway. Why are so many being refused at the moment? I hadn't heard that! My lawyer put together a comprehensive package detailing the extensive recruiting efforts etc so I hope it's all fine. Cheers
Just because of the economic climate, with so many Canadians out of work. Approx 60,000 less LMO's were approved last year versus 2008 when things were booming.

But if you've got a good case for you needing to do the job and a Canadian not being able to, then you should be fine.

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Hopefully that isn't a factor.. My future employer just wanted the right candidate as the role is kind of specific in terms of what they wanted. They were interested in one Canadian ahead of me and the person said no! Thanks

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Just because of the economic climate, with so many Canadians out of work. But if you've got a good case for you needing to do the job and a Canadian not being able to, then you should be fine.

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Does it ever matter if the salary is a bit on the high side?
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Does it ever matter if the salary is a bit on the high side?
No, that's a good thing - if it's on the low side it's far more likely to be refused. It needs to be average or above using the government figures. What's the NOC code?

If a Canadian was found that could do the job (even if they said no to the offer) then that may not be great news. Have they readvertised since then to see if they can find another Canadian?

Fingers crossed for you, hope you're one of the ones that gets a positive LMO quickly - it does happen!
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