Global Skills Strategy: Canada's Tech Advantage

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While America is tightening its immigration system, Canada is gaining top international talent in its technology sector. While it can take foreign workers months to obtain an H-1B visa in America, it only takes two weeks in Canada! How? This program is called the Global Skills Strategy. This incredibly fast processing time is an attractive selling point to internationally sought out candidates. Occupations covered by this program include engineers, programmers, web designers and developers.

The intent behind this program is to strengthen the Canadian technology sector. According to Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, “Canada’s technology sector has historically struggled to attract the talent it needs to scale up, this is precisely the type of talent our Government had in mind when it first launched this strategy.” On its second anniversary of the Global Skills Strategy program, Canada welcomed 24,000 highly skilled foreign workers.

To be eligible, the foreign applicant must fall under one of these two categories:

  1. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt workers:

    1. You are applying from outside of Canada;

    2. Your job is either skill type 0 (managerial) or skill level A (professional);

    3. Your Canadian employer has submitted an offer of employment using the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.

  2. LMIA workers:

    1. You are applying from outside of Canada; and

    2. Your Canadian employer has a positive LMIA through the Global Talent Stream.

For more information or assistance in determining your eligibility for the Global Skills Strategy program, please get in touch.


Arifa Serter is an immigration lawyer with Harrison Pensa.

The information provided in this article is of a general nature and must not be regarded as legal advice.

Arifa Serter