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Canada introduces fast-tracked visa to attract Global Talent

Highly skilled and exceptionally talented professionals will also be welcome wherever they go in the world, but Canada is doing everything it can to make sure they bank the brains.

Canada Introduces Fast Tracked Visa To Attract Global Talent

Canada this week launched its fast-track Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) which will see work permits being processed in record breaking times of two weeks or less.

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Highly skilled professionals will be able to apply for one of two visa categories companies that have been identified as being high-growth companies or, alternatively, workers in identified in-demand occupations.

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.

There are two categories under the GTS.

Category A: High-growth companies with a demonstrated need for the in-demand talent of foreign nationals in order to generate growth; and,

Category B: Companies requiring high-skilled foreign nationals for occupations on the Skills Shortage List.
Speak to your Canadian Immigration Expert about requirements and specifications.

Jobs that are in high demand

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The following high-demand occupations have been identified as areas in which there is a skills shortage in Canada. This list was developed in consultation with labour market experts and key stakeholders, and ESDC states that it may be updated periodically.

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
Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)

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