An innovative new global talent pool program that will allow fast track visa processing for skilled workers in Canada has been launched by the Government of Canada. The new program offers fast track visa approval for foreign professionals who wish to work in Canada. In addition to offering fast processing, it also helps to reduce costs and administrative burdens imposed on employers across the country. The new program is currently available to qualified Canadian workers and foreign professionals who wish to work in Canada.
Under the Global Talent Stream, eligible foreign professionals can now expect their permanent Canada work permit and Canadian visa applications approved in less than two months. The program has been launched on July 12, 2021, by Quebec announcing its own version of this program on September 11. In contrast to the GHS, the Global Talent Stream offers more detailed information on each worker to make the decision on their eligibility for the program based on a number of factors specific to the type of occupation they are applying for. This is done to reduce fraud and deception and yet still provide an adequate level of protection for workers in the Canada labour market. These workers will have their applications approved quickly and without any errors or delays. This is in line with the government’s desire to bring in more workers into the economy.
In order to qualify for the global talent stream, an employee must apply for authorization from the designated bureau in the Department of Employment and Immigration Canada. To do so, an employee must apply online or by fax and in any case by visiting the nearest office of the Employment and Immigration Canada office. Once authorized, the worker must submit a complete application package consisting of relevant documents and pay the applicable fees. Once all the documents are submitted, the application is considered valid and the worker may proceed to the next stage of the process, which is the visa interview. The interview is conducted by the designated representatives of the Department and it is not only an interview where the employer must apply for the worker, but it is also where they can be verified for eligibility as per the agreement reached in the Global Talent Stream Agreement.