Global Talent Stream

A pilot project is also known as the Global Talent Stream

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This project, which has been working since June 2017, allows high-growth companies to bring in foreign talent more easily. It launched the global skills visa program to mitigate Canada’s shortage of tech workers. The Global Skills Strategy can help you get workers faster with:

  1. a two-week processing time for 80% of work permit applications;
  2. work permit exemptions for highly-skilled workers on short-term work assignments and for researchers involved in a short-duration research project in Canada;
  3. a dedicated service channel for companies looking to make large, job-creating investments in Canada.

Who is eligible for two-week processing

There are two ways your worker can qualify for two-week processing.

1. They are Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt and:

  • they are applying from outside Canada;
  • the job is employer-specific and either skill type 0 (managerial) or skill level A (professional) of the National Occupation Classification;
  • you have submitted an offer of employment using the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.

OR

2. You have a positive LMIA for an employer-specific job which has indicated eligibility through the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

How your worker can get two-week processing

To benefit from faster processing times, after you have submitted a letter of offer, the worker must:

  • apply online from outside of Canada
  • submit a complete application
  • identify themselves as part of the Global Talent Stream through the Come To Canada tool, if applicable. This information will be in the LMIA
  • submit at the time of application (where required)
  • medical exam
  • biometric fee

Workers must also submit the results of their biometrics within 14 calendar days from the date of application.

Spouses and dependents

The spouse/common-law partner and dependents of the worker are also eligible for two-week processing. They must apply at the same time as the worker.

Definition of Unique and Specialized Talent for Category A of the Global Talent Stream

For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, innovative firms must be referred by one of the Stream’s designated referral partners and be seeking to hire unique and specialized talent.

Unique and specialized talent is indicated by:

    • Advanced knowledge of the industry;
    • Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer; AND/OR
    • Minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience; AND
    • A highly paid position with a salary of usually $80,000 or more.

Global Talent Occupations List for Category B of the Global Talent Stream

For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, innovative firms must be referred by one of the Stream’s designated referral partners and be seeking to hire unique and specialized talent.

Global Talent Occupations List:

      • Computer and information systems managers
      • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
      • Information systems analysts and consultants
      • Database analysts and data administrators
      • Software engineers and designers
      • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
      • Web designers and developers
      • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
      • Information systems testing technicians
      • Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game
      • Digital media designers

If it sounds like you, feel free to apply: