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Global Talent Stream: Find Job and Get a Work Permit in just 10 days

What is Global Talent Stream (GTS)?

What is Global Talent Stream for Foreign Workers? 
The Global Talent Stream (GTS) was introduced in June, 2017 as a two-year pilot program. The program is jointly managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Since being introduced, thousands of skilled foreign workers have successfully moved to Canada through the GTS, with many more workers expected to arrive in the years to come.

GTS applications are processed under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), a collection of work permit streams that brings newcomers to Canada on temporary work permits to fill specific labour needs. GTS is a branch of the TFWP for highly-skilled workers in specialized occupations, prioritizing those with experience in engineering and tech-related fields.

In the 2019 Federal Budget the government announced the program would become a permanent fixture in Canadian immigration, giving “local businesses expedited and predictable access to top global talent.”

The GTS is an excellent option for Canadian employers who need to fill specialized positions quickly and for foreign nationals with highly-skilled work experience, especially in engineering and tech-related fields. In the next two sections, we’ll look over the eligibility requirements and application procedure for Canadian employers and for foreign workers.

The stream works to fit in for both Employer and Foreign workers (Employees)
Depending on which one you are, below are more details to know if you're eligible for Global Talent Stream.

GTS for Employers

This is for you if you're going to Canada to run business and employ people from foreign countries. TFWP (Temporary foreign worker program) immigration streams use Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) to determine if a Canadian employer can hire a foreign worker. An LMIA is a document that assesses whether or not an available position can be filled by a Canadian worker.


To be eligible for the Global Talent Stream 

To be eligible for the Global Talent Stream, a Canadian employer must fit one of two categories:
  • Category B – In-Demand Occupation
  • Category A – Designated Partner Referral - See full details on these categories here
After the employer has confirmed their eligibility for one of the two streams (Category A or B), they can begin their GTS application. The application form is available on the GTS website and can be submitted online, by mail, or by fax. The application requires information regarding the employer, the foreign worker, as well as the job offer, including details about compensation and benefits.


GTS for Foreign Workers

First fact you should know as a foreigner worker is "you cannot apply directly to the Global Talent Stream." Only a Canadian employer can apply to the GTS, then the employer invites you or add the foreign worker(s) they wish to hire which is listed on their GTS application.  
As already explained above, there are two GTS categories through which a Canadian employer can apply.
  • Category A is for employers who are referred by designated partners of the GTS and who are hiring unique and specialized talent.
  • Category B is for employers who are hiring for positions on the Global Talent Occupations List.

This means that if you want to get a GTS work permit, your first goal should be to land a job offer from a Canadian employer who qualifies for the program

You should check to see if you meet the criteria for Category A  (employers who who are hiring unique and specialized talent) or if your occupation falls on the Global Talent Occupations List.

Guide on Where and How find Jobs Available with GTS

a. The Government of Canada operates a Job Bank database, you may be able to find positions aligned with the GTS. 

b. After securing a job offer, your employer will have to submit an application that includes your information. If the employer’s application is successful, they will receive a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). 

c. Use this LMIA to apply for a Canadian work permit that will be processed in around 10 business days.

Once you are approved to obtain work permit, you’ll be authorized to travel to Canada and start your new job!