Canada launches visa program for hiring specialized Foreign Employees

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After much speculations, Canada has launched specialized program to tap in the global talent pool without facing delays due to CIC processing time.

The Canadian government’s global skills visa program – part of its Global Skills Strategy – officially opens for business June 12. The $7.8-million, 24-month pilot program is designed to allow high-growth firms to bring in international talent within two weeks, rather than up to a year, which is how long it now takes. The program has been designed after discussions with multiple tech companies working in Canada like Unbounce and others, federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu informed today.

Ms. Hajdu, along with Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains, spent months meeting with players in Canada’s tech scene to assess what the best approach to the global talent stream would be. One of the organizations the ministers consulted with is the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI), a young lobby group started by OMERS Ventures CEO John Ruffolo and former BlackBerry chair and co-CEO Jim Balsillie. As Ms. Hajdu noted, a company’s ability to unlock the next level of growth can rely entirely on one person with a unique skill set. “When these companies grow, they hire Canadians,” she said.

Key components of the new global talent stream:

Who can apply? High-growth Canadian companies that need to access global talent in order to grow, as well as global companies that are investing in, or relocating to, Canada and will be creating new Canadian jobs.

How much does it cost? $1,000 per position.

What is the process? Employers can contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as soon as a foreign candidate is identified, and then get personalized help with completing the Labour Market Benefit Plan and Labour Market Impact Assessment.

How long does it take? Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada expects to meet at least 80 per cent of the time.

Want to Apply for this program –

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Rachael Clark is an Immigration Consultant with an experience of over 7 years working with candidates across Europe. With a success rate of over 80% candidates receiving provincial nomination, Rachael writes on a number of subjects. More information is published on

3 thoughts on “Canada launches visa program for hiring specialized Foreign Employees

  • June 14, 2017 at 1:36 am


    I am currently based out of London working as Risk Manager with Barclays.

    Would like to know more about this VISA sytem.

  • November 14, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Are you a paid immigration consultant? Do you charge any fee if I send my resume to you and if I get selected?


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