Fast track programs like the Global Talent Stream (GTS) and the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Tech Pilot are a tremendous opportunity for skilled workers hoping to expedite immigration to Canada. With Vancouver’s high-tech industry flourishing, these programs are a boon to upcoming businesses that need quick access to highly skilled workers that can occupy positions left unfilled by the Canadian labour market.
There are two categories for bringing highly skilled specialized workers to Canada on an expedited basis. Category A and Category B.
Category B of the GTS features a list of 11 highly skilled hi-tech occupations identified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which have been determined to be in demand and for which there are insufficient Canadian workers.
Employers are only eligible for Category A if they have been referred to the GTS by one of IRCC’s designated partners and if they are hiring “unique and specialized” talent.
Generally, potential workers must meet a list of strict prerequisites, including:
- Advanced or specialized industry knowledge
- Possession of an advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest related to the employer and/or;
- A minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience; and
- A highly paid position with an annual minimum salary $80,000
Sponsoring businesses need to be careful and diligent when applying for worker visas. Besides paying a $1000 GTS application fee per worker up front, it’s vital to demonstrate the legitimacy of a business’s operations, as well as a fiscal ability to support proposed foreign workers. It’s necessary to work with ESDC to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that demonstrates the company’s commitment to maintaining business activities that will have a lasting and positive impact on the Canadian market.
Fast-track programs offer businesses an expedited processing timeline of 10 business days. The point is to ensure that important positions can be filled in a timely manner, so it’s much faster than standard processing times for work permit applications. However, as a major stimulus of BC’s economic growth, both levels of government are willing to work to ensure BC businesses have the talent required to sustain performance and growth.
To learn more about the programs implemented by federal and provincial government to help foreign workers and students find secure employment and permanent residency in Canada, contact Racer Immigration Consulting today.