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Now Canada Work Permit Processing Time will be two weeks for high demand occupations under GTS

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 15, Jun 2017

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The Canadian government has launched the new Global Talent Stream (GTS), which includes fast track processing time for work permits in Canada under Temporary foreign Worker Program. As of June 12, 2017, work permit processing time will be as short as two weeks for highly skilled occupations.

Key Objectives of Global Talent Stream

The two main categories of the Global Talent stream will focus on the selected high demand occupations and high growth organizations.  The GTS aims at preferring the quick processing of the work permit applications from foreign skilled workers applying for high demand occupations in Canada.

The idea is the help the fast growing industries, especially the IT sector of Canada, which facing the skill shortage of highly skilled and talented workers, and hence, need to rapidly hire the overseas talent for specific positions to survive in the global competition.

Rapid Application processing time under GTS

The GTS aims at the processing time of 10 business days for work permit applications along with LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) for those applicants the employers of whom are authorized to hire foreign workers through GTS. The LMIA is an approval document issued by IRCC to the employers in Canada, which ensures that no Canadian was overlooked or verifies the fact that no local employee was available for the position for which, a worker from overseas is being hired. Once the LMIA is issued, the candidate can apply for Canadian work permit.

The ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) is administering the Global Talent Stream (GTS), which in the beginning will continue for 24 months. As per the government if we support the industries and organizations grow and flourish, they will in turn create further jobs for Canadians. And GTS is one such step to help and support industries and companies in Canada to develop and thrive.

Main Categories of GTS

The Global Talent Stream (GTS) has two key categories, i.e.
  • Category A: This category is meant for the High-growth companies with an established requirement for the in-demand overseas in order to produce growth.
  • Category B: Organizations that require high-skilled overseas skilled workers for occupations included in the Skills Shortage List

It is being considered that the organizations under both the categories will not only create new jobs for Canadians soon, but also will help the growth and development of Canadian economy in long term. Moreover, the talented overseas workers coming through GTS will also play a key role in training and skill development of the Canadian workers.

GTS Referral Partner Companies

Here is the list of GTS referral partner organizations as of June 12, 2017
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
  • VENN Innovation

Skills Shortage Occupation List

Here are the high demand occupations in Canada facing skill shortage. This list is subject to be updated periodically.

National Occupations Classification (NOC) code Occupation
213 Computer and information systems managers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5241 Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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