How does the Global Talent Stream work? – Foreign Workers
As a foreign worker, the first thing to understand is that you cannot apply directly to the Global Talent Stream. Only a Canadian employer can apply to the Global Talent Stream, and the foreign worker(s) they wish to hire are listed on the application. This means that if you want to get a Global Talent Stream work permit, your first goal should be to land a job offer from a Canadian employer who qualifies for the program.
As discussed above, there are two Global Talent Stream categories through which a Canadian employer can apply.
- Category A is for employers who are referred by designated partners of the Global Talent Stream and who are hiring unique and specialised talent.
- Category B is for employers who are hiring for positions on the Global Talent Occupations List.
If you are a worker hoping to find a job offer that qualifies under the Global Talent Stream, you should check to see if you meet the definition of “unique and specialised talent” or if your occupation falls on the Global Talent Occupations List.
If you believe that you meet the conditions for one of the Global Talent Stream categories, then your next step is securing a job offer. In addition to building your network of contacts, we also suggest consulting the Moving2Canada Jobs Board to search for available positions. The Government of Canada also operates a Job Bank database where you may be able to find positions aligned with the Global Talent Stream.
Again, you cannot apply directly to the Global Talent Stream, so after securing a job offer, your potential 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). You can 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 a work permit, you’ll be authorised to travel to Canada and start your new job!
It’s also worth noting that even though the Global Talent Stream only results in a temporary work permit of up to three years’ duration, the program is an excellent pathway to permanent immigration to Canada. Many Canadian immigration programs require a person to have one year of Canadian work experience in order to qualify. This includes the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry, as well as a host of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams. Once you have a year of experience, chances are you’ll be in a great position to pursue Canadian permanent resident status.
Canada is on track to welcome more than 1.3 new immigrants between 2022 and 2024, with nearly two-thirds of those immigrants coming through economic streams. In the current immigration system, young, highly-skilled workers with Canadian experience are prioritised for permanent immigration, so participating in Global Talent Stream is a smart way to set yourself up for a future in Canada.
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