The Canadian government recently launched its new Global Skills Strategy (Strategy) to promote global investment in Canada and facilitate faster entry into Canada for top international talent.
The Government of Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy will give employers a faster and more predictable process for attracting top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.
In terms of international mobility, the Global Skills Strategy includes four important changes:
- Two new work permit exemptions for short-term work in Canada;
- Two-week work permit processing times for eligible high-skilled workers under the existing International Mobility Program;
- A dedicated service channel for employers bringing significant investment to Canada; and
- The creation of a Global Talent Stream for skilled occupations in shortage and for employers with unique talent needs.
New work permit exemptions
Two new work permit exemptions were implemented with the launch of the Global Skills Strategy.
The first is for highly skilled workers who enter Canada for very short-term assignments. This includes all individuals whose jobs are listed under the skill type 0 (executive, managerial) or A (professional) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Eligible workers are now permitted one 15 consecutive day work permit-exempt stay in Canada every six months, OR one 30 consecutive day work permit-exempt stay every 12 months.
Two-week processing times at visa offices for highly skilled workers
The Global Skills Strategy aims at getting workers to come to Canada faster. Currently, some work permit processing times at visa offices can take up to four months.
Employer dedicated service channel
A dedicated service channel has been created to help employers navigate the immigration application process to help meet their specific needs.
The Global Talent Stream
The new Global Talent Stream will assist Canadian employers by providing them with expedited access to in-demand global talent. There are two distinct categories of the global talent stream.
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