A new immigration program to attract top talent

The government of Canada on June 12 launched the Global Skills Strategy to make it easier for business and stimulate economic growth and employment.

Have you identified the perfect candidate for the position you have to fill but are unable to get him to come in time since he is a foreigner and visa applications take too long? This is now a thing of the past – highly qualified workers will be able to take advantage of the Global Skills Strategy, which will allow applications for work permits, temporary resident visas and electronic travel authorizations be processed within two weeks. Companies seeking to hire employees under the Global Talent Stream are being offered a new streamlined process that includes flexible recruitment requirements and priority processing of applications.

In order to encourage immigration of the best talents, work permits for spouses and study permits for dependents will also be included under this accelerated procedure whenever possible. And for short periods, organizations seeking highly-skilled workers or researchers for research projects will no longer have to support these temporary employees with heavy administrative procedures – the work permit will no longer be mandatory.

+ 10% growth targeted

Canada is also looking discretely at the unfavourable economic environment in the United States and the brain drain that is emerging to attract people with the most innovative profiles, who until recently were more likely to turn to Silicon Valley.  With this initiative, Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Rodger Cuzner, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Employment, Labour Development and Labour, are aiming for growth of at least 10% for the country’s companies.

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