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Global Talent Stream

Global Skills Visa: Expedited Processing

The Global Talent Stream, also known as the Global Skills Visa, is a new work stream established by IRCC which allows certain highly-skilled foreign nationals to obtain priority processing with a target of two-weeks to obtain their Work Permits. This is a new strategy aimed at helping employers get the high-skilled workers they require. The stream delivers three benefits:

  • 80% of Work Permit applications will be processed within two weeks of submission
  • Work Permit exemptions will be granted to highly-skilled workers on short-term work assignments - these exemptions will also cover researchers involved in short-term research projects in Canada
  • Provision of a dedicated service channel for companies intent on large job-creating investments in Canada

Eligibility

To be eligible for the two-week processing arrangement, workers must come through one of two ways:

A. They must be exempted from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by way of the following:

  • workers must apply for the position from outside Canada
  • the position must be employer-specific and must fit one of two skill types, either skill type 0 (managerial) or skill level A (professional) of the National Occupation Classification (NOC); and
  • Also, an offer of employment must be submitted using the Employer Portal and the employer compliance fee must be paid.

B. The second route is for the employee to have a positive LMIA for an employer-specific job which previously indicated eligibility through the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Spouses and dependents of the worker are also covered as they can apply for the two-weeks processing at the same time the worker is applying.

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How Global Talent Stream Works

To benefit from the processing arrangement:

  • The employer must submit a letter of offer of employment for the worker through the Employer Portal
  • The worker must apply online from outside of Canada
  • The worker must submit a complete application
  • The worker must identify himself/herself as part of the Global Talent Stream through the Come To Canada tool, if applicable. The information is part of the LMIA
  • The worker must submit at the time of application if required, medical exam and biometric fee
  • The result of the biometrics must be submitted within 14 calendar days from the date of application.

The Global Talent Stream also allows work permit exemptions for certain categories of workers that meet the specified requirements. This include:

  • workers with occupational skill type 0 (executive, managerial) or skill level A (professional) in the NOC
  • workers coming to Canada for a short-term work assignment of 15 days (once every six months) or 30 days (once every twelve months); and
  • researchers coming to perform research at the invitation of a publicly-funded degree-granting Canadian post-secondary institution or affiliated research institution can come to Canada for one 120-period, once a year.

A foreign national subject to this exemption is required to obtain a Work Permit for work or research of a longer duration.

The Dedicated Service Channel (DSC) is another way to benefit from the foreign skill strategy and applies to:

  • employers who are making a significant investment in Canada
  • universities that support publicly-funded research chair holders coming to Canada

To be eligible to access the DSC, a company must be identified and referred by one of the recognized referral partners. For more information: the Global Skills Strategy.

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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