Since its introduction three years ago, the Global Talent Stream (GTS) has helped more than 40,000 people come to Canada to fill many technological positions, such as software engineers, web designers, computer engineers, digital media, and design.
The GTS allows these skilled workers to obtain a Canadian work permit in just two weeks after obtaining a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which also takes about two weeks. As with other temporary foreign worker programs (TFWP) work permits, employers must submit an LMIA application. However, employers are exempt from the advertising requirements usually associated with an LMIA (normally, an employer must show the federal government that it has advertised a vacancy and has not been able to find a Canadian to advertise it. job).
The GTS may become more attractive after the United States decides to freeze new work visas for the rest of the year. The suspension of the work visa in the United States includes the H1-B visa, a popular visa for talented individuals seeking employment in technology, and other specialized occupations.
By contrast, Canada’s reputation for hosting extends to talented people in the skilled trades. Even with the coronavirus pandemic affecting travel and immigration around the world, the SWG remains open.
What is the process of GTS – Global Talent Stream?
The Global Talent Stream GTS has two categories: Category A and Category B. Both categories help Canadian employers recruit highly skilled talent.
In category A, employers must be referred by a designated reference partner (or a Quebec partner for Quebec employers).
A designated referral partner must demonstrate that the employer operates in Canada, is focused on innovation, is willing to grow, and has identified a qualified foreign worker to hire.
In addition, the position must be unique and specialized. This means that the candidate must:
- Must be offered a minimum of CAD $80,000 annual base salary
- Must have advanced knowledge of the industry
- Must possess an advanced degree in the field that is of interest to the employer
- Minimum of 5 years of work experience is required in the field
In category B, the employer must hire to work in one of the twelve occupations listed below with the corresponding codes of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):
- NOC 0213 – Computer and Information Systems managers
- NOC 2147 – Computer engineers
- Subset of NOC 2161 – Mathematicians and statisticians
- NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
- NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
- NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
- NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- NOC 2175 – Web designers and developers
- NOC 2281 – Computer Network technicians
- NOC 2283 – Information systems testing technicians
- Subset of NOC 5131 – Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video games
- Subset of NOC 5241 – Digital Media and Design
In addition, the salary of the position must be equivalent to the current salary of the profession or higher.
Talent given priority in Canada
Canada appears to have the potential to become a leader in post-coronavirus technology and innovation. The GTS gives Canada room to do this and roars louder.
Following the recent US announcement, many very talented individuals as well as employers may consider Canada a more favorable option.
Another major advantage for these people is that Canada also offers them a defined path to PR. In any given year, about 60% of the more than 300,000 people who obtain permanent residence in Canada are economic class immigrants, many of whom are technology workers. If eligible for an Express Entry program, GTS employees can obtain permanent residence in Canada within 6 months or less.