As you may have noticed already, there are many ways to live in Canada – one of which could be right for you! Make sure you talk to one of our regulated immigration consultants to make sure you are on the right path.
Here, we will tell you all about the Global Talent Stream (GTS), the work permit with a processing time of 15 business days, its characteristics and requirements.
What is the Global Talent Stream?
The Global Talent Stream is a type of LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) and a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. It aims to provide innovative companies in Canada to recruit the highest specialized and skilled global talent they need when Canadians or permanent residents are not available. It focuses on workers in very specialized positions and those in the tech industry. Canadian Employers benefit from this program as they are not as complex as many other employment programs to Canada, and the entire process is often processed by 30 business days.
This program works as a kind of agreement between the employer and the government of Canada. In exchange for the authorization to hire foreign talent, the company is required to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan, which outlines the employer’s commitment to create lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market. This employment program contributes to the Canadian economy growth by ensuring that businesses are able to have the skilled workforce they need.
About the applicant (that’s you) you will need a valid job offer for a high skilled position for one of the occupations listed as part of the Global Talent Stream. There are two ways of moving to Canada with this program:
Move to Canada as a specialized worker:
With this Global Talent Stream process, the employer is part of an Association recognized by the Canadian Government to appoint companies eligible for the Global Talent Stream. If the company that is interested in hiring you is part of one of these associations, you can apply to move to Canada with this program.
Live in Canada by working in the tech field:
To live in Canada as a tech worker via the Global Talent Stream program, your occupation must be listed on the Global Occupation List. This list is made of professionals like computer and information systems manager, programmers, analysts, IT consultants, computer technicians, software engineers, web designers, among others.
With this category, you must keep in mind that it also requires a minimum income (salary), depending on your position and province of choice.
So, what’s the difference between Global Talent Stream and regular LMIA? (Labour Market Impact Assessment)?
Although the processes are very similar, the Global Talent Stream does NOT require the employer to advertise the position to the canadian market first, like on the LMIA, where the company has to prove to the Canadian Government that they did not find a suitable canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position.
But both processes require a lot of complex documentation from the company, like registration number, taxes, etc.
One final thing: A lot of employers are unaware of the existence of this program – so make sure you share this blog post with them!
If you already have an employer or want to know more about the ways you can immigrate to Canada, contact us! We can make Canada your home.
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