Since the Global Talent Stream launched in 2017, over 40,000 workers have entered Canada to work in different tech job positions. Some of these roles include software engineering, digital media, design, and computer engineers. GTS allows prospective candidates to earn their Canadian work permits within two weeks after receiving a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approval.

Prior to getting work permits, candidates must submit LMIA applications under the Temporary Foreign Work Programs (TFWP) guidelines. However, GTS protects employers against advertising for job vacancies as a requirement from the federal government. Remarkably, GTS has become more beneficial, especially after the US froze new work visas for the remainder of 2020. The US suspended all work permits, including the H1-B visa that allowed talented individuals in technology and other vocations.

H1-B is the most popular mode of work permit that allows foreign workers to get the chance to work in the US. The suspension hinders different employers from hiring adept individuals from different parts around the world. Despite the coronavirus pandemic affecting immigration systems globally, the GTS remains open to help Canada welcome more foreign workers in various occupations.

The Global Talent Stream Process

The GTS is available in two forms; Category A and Category B, which help Canadian employers access proficient workers. Category A accepts designated referred employers by a partner in Canada. Such employers should have proof to operate in Canada, passionate about innovation, willing to grow, and identified potential workers to hire. Besides, prospective foreign workers should;

  • Earn $80,000 or more as annual base salary based on the occupation and wage of a given year
  • Be proficient and knowledgeable in the industry
  • Have a minimum of a degree in the role interested in being hired
  • Have at least five years of experience in the given occupation

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