Canadian Global Skills Visa: The Ultimate Guide

June 12, 2017

After months of waiting, the new Canadian Global Skills Visa has arrived.

This means that tech talent can get their work permits processed in 20 business days allowing companies to hire highly skilled talent from abroad quickly to help fuel the Canadian economy.

But, how does the Canadian Global Skills Visa process ACTUALLY work? and what are the practical steps for success?

In this the Ultimate Guide to the Canadian Global Skills Visa, we’ll be answering all of your questions!

The Canadian Global Skills Visa / Global Talent Stream Step-by-Step:

The first step of the process is to determine your best path towards eligibility for the program. There are two main ways to do this:

Category A:

Within this category, there are two paths to eligibility, the first is:

path 1) A Designated Partner for referral to Services Canada, which are:

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
BC Tech Association
Business Development Bank of Canada
Communitech Corporation
Council of Canadian Innovators
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
MaRS Discovery District
National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
VENN Innovation

Get in touch with your local organization and ask them to refer you to the program to be approved.

path 2) Hiring talent with advanced knowledge:

Hiring talent that has Advanced knowledge of the industry or an Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer; AND/OR a Minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience; AND a highly paid position with a salary of usually $80,000 or more.

If you are hiring talent with this profile, you can apply directly to the Canadian Global Skills Visa.

Category B: 

For Category B of the Canadian Global Skills Visa, employers must hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the following list:

National Occupations Classification (NOC) code Occupation Minimum wage requirement (annual salary) Minimum wage requirement (hourly rate)
0213 Computer and information systems managers not applicable not applicable
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) not applicable not applicable
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants not applicable not applicable
2172 Database analysts and data administrators not applicable not applicable
2173 Software engineers and designers not applicable not applicable
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers not applicable not applicable
2175 Web designers and developers not applicable not applicable
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians $81,000 $38.94
2283 Information systems testing technicians $78,000 $37.50
Sub-set of 5241* Digital Media and Design

*position requires a minimum of five years of industry experience, and skills requirements including: 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality; animation, level editing, editor and pipeline software and tools in applicable industry; other specialized knowledge of software framework in applicable industry (for example, Unreal 3.0); and/or, Experience in planning and managing a project.

$80,000 $38.46

Note: You should be paying Market Rate for the talent you bring in. Use the Wage Report tool to determine the salary for each occupation in your region.

After confirming eligibility, you’re ready to apply:

Step 1: 

Now that you’ve determined the best path to becoming eligible, it’s time to apply for a work permit on behalf of your future employee!

Here is the guide to apply on the Canadian Government website that outlines the steps needed. You must fill out the following forms:

Global Talent Stream Application Form (EMP5624)
Global Talent Stream – Annex 1 Additional Occupation
Proof of Business Legitimacy, if applicable

Also, make sure to read this Applicant Guide to understand how to best fill in the forms mentioned above! You’ll also need to pay a $1000 processing fee.

Apply by faxing the form to Services Canada: 1-844-365-9665.  

***Pro tip: Use the trial if you don’t have a fax machine****

Step 2:

Make a Labour Market Benefit Plan.

Services Canada (ESDC) will work with you to create a Labour Market Benefits Plan during / after the application process. You’ll need to make different plans based on your Category.

Category A:

Commit to creating jobs, either directly or indirectly for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit.

Category B:
Commit to increasing skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit.  In addition, you’ll need to make two complementary benefits with at least one activity for each benefit. The complementary benefits identified by an employer in their Plan cannot be the same as the mandatory benefit.

Examples of Complementary Benefits:

Increasing the number of Canadians or permanent residents employed full-time and part-time by the firm
Establishing educational partnerships with local or regional post-secondary institutes or with other organizations that are supporting skills and training
Paid co-op or internship programs
Developing and implementing policies to support the hiring of underrepresented groups
Directly training Canadians or permanent residents
Directly supervising and mentoring Canadians or permanent residents
Increasing growth of revenue, employment or investment; and
Developing/enhancing partnerships with organizations that assist with the identification of top domestic capital.

This will be done together with Services Canada, so don’t need to worry about it before applying!

You can see an example of the Labour Market Benefit Plan here. Use this template and create your own.

Step 3:

Work with Services Canada to finish application.

After you apply, a team member from Services Canada will get in touch with you by email or phone to process your application. They will work closely with you to make sure everything runs smoothly and you can bring in the best talent that you need to grow your business.

Step 4:

Candidate applies for Work Permit once LMIA is Approved

After you have your LMIA approved (which takes 10 business days), you will get issued a letter with an LMIA Number that the candidate will use to apply for their work visa on the CIC Website.

They will also need to get Medical Exams for themselves and any family members who will be on the application. Make sure to book these exams as soon as possible! You can find a list of approved Doctors in your country HERE.

This guide will also explain how to apply for the work permit and below are the Step by Step answers you need to give on the Eligibility quiz:

Step 5: Celebrate!

So there you have it!

A simple, fast and efficient process to bring in tech talent to Canada. We hope this post helps you have success with the Canadian Global Skills Visa.

Check out a recent success case by Picatic who hired 3 Developers from VanHack, one of which was through the Global Talent Stream.

And of course, you can access thousands of great candidates who are ready to relocate to Canada in the VanHack Talent Pool.

Browse for free HERE and email with any questions!


PS: VanHack is not an immigration expert and this is simply a reference guide. VanHack is not responsible for the results of any applications made based on this post or related VanHack content.

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