The Global Skill Strategy officially opens for employers in Canada

Since it was announced in November 2016 during the Canadian government’s budget update, Canada’s long-awaited fast-track visa officially launched today.

“The Global Skills Strategy will allow Canadian employers, who are investing in people and skills here in Canada, to continue to grow by attracting top talent from around the world,” said Bains. “Whether it’s developing a new product line or leading a new sales team, bringing in the best and the brightest from around the world will result in more good-quality, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”

Employers and highly-skilled workers can now benefit from the Global Skills Strategy.

Four pillars, high-skilled workers coming to Canada on a temporary basis are now able to benefit from two-week processing of applications for work permits and, when necessary, temporary resident visas. Open work permits for spouses and study permits for dependants will also be processed in two weeks when applicable.

As part of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, the Global Talent Stream enables prioritized processing of applications for work permits in high-demand occupations requiring the specialized talent of global workers. The government of Canada recognizes that in order to promote growth in fast-paced industries such as the tech sector, employers often need to fill a specialized position quickly, and are unable to find Canadian workers for the position.

In such cases, the GTS establishes a processing time standard of 10 business days for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and work permit applications from workers whose employers have been approved to hire through the GTS. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the department managing this stream, has stated that this pilot program will run for an initial period of 24 months.

The LMIA is a document that proves that the employer could not find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is ready, able, and willing to perform the job. Once an employer has obtained an LMIA, the worker may apply for a work permit.

Canadian immigration policies and practices change all the time. So it may be differ in some cases due to personal reason.

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