Skilled workers can expect their Canada work permits and Canada visa applications processed within two weeks under a new program beginning June 12, 2017. Known as the Global Talent Stream forming part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program., Ottawa has been working on this initiative since mid 2016.
The federal government wants to help high-growth companies bring in the talent they need quickly by cutting processing times for a Canada visa application from six months to just 10 business days.
A key element of the Global Talent Stream is that registered employers will need to commit to creating jobs for Canadians and transferring knowledge to Canadian workers, under a transition plan.
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The Global Talent Stream is part of a broader Global Skills Strategy to directly help Canadian businesses including start-ups, thrive.
It comes in response to frequent appeals from Canadian businesses, who say they cannot bring in skilled workers quickly enough to meet their needs.
The Information and Communications Technology Council predicts that by 2019, 182,000 high-paying Canadian technology jobs would be vacant.
Key Elements Of The New Global Talent Stream
- Two-week standard for processing Canada work permit applications (and Canada visa applications when applicable) for highly skilled talent.
- Dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada.
- Dropping of the work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work (30 days or less in a 12-month period), and brief academic stays.
- Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream will have access to the new streamlined application process that will provide:
- Client-focused service to help guide eligible employers through the application process and the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days.
- Eligibility for workers to have their work permit applications processed in 10 business days.
Interested employers: Kindly contact us here to receive further information.
Interested candidates: Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our free on-line evaluation. We will provide you with our evaluation within 1-2 business days.
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An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a new requirement for foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries arriving in Canada by air, whether to visit the country directly or to pass through in transit.
Do I need an Electronic Travel Authorization?
You need an eTA if you are travelling to Canada by air from a visa-exempt country. A full list of visa-exempt countries is available here.
The requirement came into effect as of March 15, 2016, although the Canadian government introduced a period of leniency until September 29, 2016. That leniency period has now been extended to November 9, 2016.
Anyone requiring an eTA flying on November 10 or later will not be allowed to board the plane without one.
The following are exempt from requiring an eTA:
- Those who have already obtained a valid visa to enter Canada.
- Anyone entering by land or sea.
- Armed Forces visiting Canada on official duty.
- Students who have a valid Canadian study permit dated on or after August 1, 2015.
- Flight crew, civil aviation inspectors, accident investigators.
- Temporary Foreign Workers who have a valid Canadian work permit date on or after August 1, 2015.
- French citizens who live in and are travelling from St. Pierre and Miquelon.
- Persons entering from the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, while holding valid status in Canada.
- Accredited diplomats.
- Canadian citizens and dual citizens (provided you are travelling on a Canadian passport)
- Canadian permanent residents (you need your PR card or point of entry documentation)
- US citizens (US permanent residents, or green card holders, DO require an eTA when travelling by air)
Special Case: Mexican Nationals
Mexicans were recently granted the right to travel to Canada without a visa. This rule change will be implement from December 1. Therefore, the following applies:
- Mexican nationals require a visa to enter Canada until November 30, 2016;
- After November 30, Mexicans will require an eTA;
- Mexicans with a visa still valid from before November 30 will not require an eTA.
How do I get an Electronic Travel Authorization?
You can apply for an eTA through the Canadian federal government website.
Before you apply, you will need:
- Valid passport
- As a US permanent resident, you can apply with:
- Valid US refugee travel document (I-571)
- Valid permit to re-enter the US (I-327)
- Credit card to pay the $7 fee
- Valid email address
To apply for an eTA click here.
When should I apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization?
The Canadian government advises you to apply as soon as you know you travel itinerary.
However, an eTA can be obtain at the last minute via a smartphone. All you need is an internet connection. The email authorization often only takes a few minutes to come through.
There is no requirement to print an eTA. It is electronically linked to your passport or travel document.
How long is an Electronic Travel Authorization valid for?
An eTA can be valid for five years, or until your passport or travel document expires.
A visitor means a person who is lawfully in Canada, or seeks to come into Canada for a temporary purpose (such as work, study or visit) and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or the holder of a minister’s permit.
Every visitor, unless exempted, must apply for and obtain a visa before appearing at a Port of Entry (POE). All visitors who are required to obtain a visa must be in possession of the visa when they appear at a POE.
The Canadian visitor visa application involves a two-step process:
First Step: The foreign national must first submit a visit visa application to the responsible Canadian visa office in the country or region where they reside. At this time, the applicant may need to attend an interview where the visa officer will verify the applicant’s reasons for visiting Canada, the applicant’s ability or willingness to leave Canada within the visa validity date and the applicant’s overall admissibility to Canada.
Second Step: Once a visit visa has been issued, the applicant may land in Canada. At the port of entry an immigration officer will question the applicant to ensure admissibility.
A visitor visa may be for single entry or multiple entry use. Single entry visas may be issued up to six months before the expected date of travel. The maximum validity date for multiple entry visitor visas is up to five (5) years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport/re-entry visa, whichever is earlier. POE officers will routinely grant entry for a period of six months to a person requesting entry as a visitor.
A foreign national who has an immigrant visa already in process is not prohibited from applying for a temporary resident visa.
Determine whether you require a visitor visa to visit Canada:
Citizens of the following countries and territories require a Visa to VISIT or TRANSIT Canada:
- Burkina Faso
- Republic of Cameroon
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- People’s Republic of China
- Congo, Democratic
- Republic of the Congo
- Republic of the Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Israel (only Israeli citizens holding valid Israeli “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport”)
- Ivory Coast
- Korea, North
- Lithuania (holders of non-biometric passports only)
- Macao S.A.R.
- Maldives Islands
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia, Fed. States
- Myanmar (Burma)
- Palestinian Authority
- Poland (holders of non-biometric passports only)
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent)
- Sao Tomé e Principe
- Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Taiwan (except holders of the ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
Additional requirements for citizens of certain countries:
If you are a national of a country or territory listed below, you will need to appear in person to have your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) taken when you apply for a:
- temporary resident visa,
- study permit, or
- work permit.
CIC will start to collect this information from people on a mandatory basis in September 2013. By December 2013, biometric screening will be mandatory for all temporary resident applicants who are a national of a country or territory listed below. The following are the proposed dates when mandatory collection of biometric information will begin:
September 2, 2013:
October 15, 2013:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Saudi Arabia
- South Sudan
December 7, 2013:
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Sri Lanka
- Palestinian Authority
These dates are subject to change. Visit this website in spring 2013 to confirm when this will take effect for you.
Citizens of the following countries and territories are visa exempt:
- Anguilla (conditions apply)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bermuda (conditions apply)
- British Virgin Islands (conditions apply)
- British Subjects (conditions apply)
- Cayman Islands (conditions apply)
- Falkland Islands (conditions apply)
- Gibraltar (conditions apply)
- Holy see (conditions apply)
- Hong Kong (conditions apply)
- Israel (conditions apply)
- Korea (Republic of)L
- Latvia (Republic of)
- Lithuania (conditions apply)
- Montserrat (conditions apply)N
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn (conditions apply)
- Poland (conditions apply)
- St. Helena (conditons apply)
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- Taiwan (conditions apply)
- Turks and Caicos Islands (conditions apply)U
- United Kingdom: British citizens and British overseas citizens (Re-admissible to the UK)
- United States citizens and permanent residents (with evidence of permanent residence)W
- Western Samoa
Citizens of British dependent territories: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you are a citizen of a British dependent territory who derives their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands.
British National (Overseas): You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a British National (Overseas) passport issued by the United Kingdom to persons born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong.
British Subjects: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a British Subject passport issued by the United Kingdom which contains the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
Holy See: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a passport or travel document issued by the Holy See.
Taiwan: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes your personal identification number.
Israel: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a national Israeli passport.
Lithuania: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a biometric passport (e-passport) issued by Lithuania.
Poland: You do not need a visa to visit or transit in Canada if you hold a biometric passport (e-passport) issued by Poland.
Canadá recibe más de 35 millones de residentes temporales cada año. A menos que sean ciudadanos canadienses o residentes permanentes canadienses, las personas que vienen a Canadá con el propósito de visitar, estudiar o trabajar pueden necesitar una Visa de Residencia (TRV, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Canadá (CIC) para ingresar a Canadá.
Tipos de visas de no-inmigrante:
Una visa de visitante le permite ingresar a Canadá como visitante o turista. Generalmente, usted puede permanecer en Canadá hasta 6 meses como visitante.
Visa de Estudiante de Canadá
Un Permiso de Estudios permite a los extranjeros estudiar en Canadá en una institución educativa canadiense específica y en un programa específico.
Visa de Trabajo de Canadá
Una visa de trabajo permite a un ciudadano extranjero con una oferta laboral de una empresa canadiense trabajar en Canadá de manera temporal.
Supervisa para Padres y Abuelos
Una supervisa permite a los padres o abuelos de ciudadanos o residentes permanentes canadienses permanecer en Canadá hasta 24 meses a la vez, sin la necesidad de la renovación de su estatus.