On November 30, 2016, the government of Canada announced that Canadian companies will soon be able to bring highly-skilled experts that they require to grow, while providing good jobs for Canadians faster than ever before.
It is expected that the Global Skills Strategy program will be implemented in 2017, and will:
- Establish a 2-week standard for processing visas and work permits for low-risk, high-skill talent for companies in Canada;
- Create a dedicated service channel for companies looking to make large, job-creating investments in Canada; and
- Drop the work permit requirement for very short-term work (for instance, 30 days or less) in low-risk fields and brief academic visits.
Quoting the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship:
“We know that when talented researchers, innovators and leaders are able to provide their expertise, even temporarily, their work can have a multiplier effect on job creation. In the global competition for highly-skilled people, it is crucial that these types of workers can get here quickly.”
If you are interested in exploring job opportunities in Canada, or you are a business owner looking for skilled employees, please contact I CAN GO Immigration Lawyers to see if the Global Skills Strategy fast-track program is right for you.