This project allows high-growth companies to bring in foreign talents more easily. It launched the global skills visa program to mitigate Canada’s shortage of tech workers.
Employers may be eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream if they have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of the Stream's designated partners and they are hiring unique and specialized talent.
They may be eligible for Category B of the Global Talent Stream if they are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List. A referral is not required to be eligible for Category B.
An employer applying through the Global Talent Stream must comply with the Program requirements for the Global Talent Stream. They must also uphold the conditions and rules set out in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act regarding hiring a temporary foreign worker.
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program has measures in place to verify and ensure employers' compliance with these requirements, and employers who fail to do so will be subject to consequences for non-compliance.
Workers must also submit the results of their biometrics within 14 calendar days from the date of application.
The spouse/common-law partner and dependents of the worker are also eligible for two-week processing. They must apply at the same time as the worker.
Definition of Unique and Specialized Talent for Category A of the Global Talent Stream
For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, innovative firms must be referred by one of the Stream’s designated referral partners and be seeking to hire a unique and specialized talent.