A fresh pilot program has been launched by Canada, offering 2 weeks of visa processing time for work permit for highly skilled workers. The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a section of the Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, which is an initiative taken to ease the process of hiring skilled international workers, encourages Canada’s economic growth and job creation. It is also a section of Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
This 2 week visa processing program is also applicable on open work permits for spouses/common-law partners, and study permits for dependants.
The Global Talent Stream is further divided into 2 categories. Category A includes Canadian companies with higher growth and referred by an authorized referral partner. Category B permits employers to hire international skilled workers holding special talent under any of the 10 occupations of the National Occupational Code (NOC).
Below is the Global Talent occupations list. (List may get modified periodically)
|NOC code||Occupation||Min. hourly rate||Min. annual salary|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers||N/A||N/A|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)||N/A||N/A|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants||N/A||N/A|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators||N/A||N/A|
|2173||Software engineers and designers||N/A||N/A|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers||N/A||N/A|
|2175||Web designers and developers||N/A||N/A|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians||$38.94||$81,000|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians||$37.50||$78,000|
|5241||Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)||$38.46||$80,000|
Employers wishing to recruit international skilled workers via Global Talent Stream must fulfill the requirements of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in order to achieve the Labour Market Benefits Plan.
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