If you want to hire high skilled foreign workers, you can expedite the processing of your employee’s work permit if you apply under the Global Talent Stream (GTS).
The government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) launched the Global Talent Stream in partnership.
The Global Talent Stream is part of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. The main purpose of the GTS is to reduce the processing times of the work permit to help companies fulfill their need for skilled workers and fill shortages of skilled workers for certain occupations.
Who is Eligible to Apply Under the Global Talent Stream (GTS)?
As a Canadian employer, you can apply for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under 2 streams by using the GTS:
Category A: To apply under Category A, you must have been referred to the program by 1 of the GTS’s designated partners. You must also hire a foreign worker with unique skills and experience that can not be replaced by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Category B: If you are looking to hire a highly-skilled foreign worker in an occupation listed on the GTS’s list, you can apply under Category B. These occupations are generally in-demand and have a shortage of domestic skilled labor.
These 2 categories have specific requirements. However, there are a few general requirements for the GTS:
- The employer must deposit a $1000 application processing fee
- The employers must prove the legitimacy of their business
- The employers must present the Labour Market Benefits Plan to demonstrate how their business operations will benefit the Canadian labor market in the long run.
As a foreign high-skilled worker, you must demonstrate 5 years of specialized experience in your profession with unique knowledge of the industry.
What are the Minimum Salaries for the Global Talent Stream?
If you are applying for Category A, then there is no flexibility in the wage requirements request.
As an employer, you must commit to an annual remuneration of at least $80,000 or an annual equivalent of the current salary for that occupation for the first 2 GTS requests.
If you want to hire 2 or more highly skilled foreign workers, then you must provide an annual salary according to the current wage for that occupation if it is higher than $150,000.
If you are applying for Category B, then the annual salary must be within the wage range that the employer is currently paying to the rest of the employees for the same position or the median wage as established by the government of Canada’s Job Bank.