Last Updated on May 7, 2018
Managers, professionals and researchers can access short-duration Canada Work Permit exemptions under the Global Skills Strategy, launched in June 2017.
The exemption is designed to allow short-term, high-value work that includes the transfer of skills and knowledge to Canadian workers. It should not be confused with the Global Talent Stream, which provides expedited Canada visa processing for key in-demand skilled workers.
Exemptions are granted for up to 15 or 30 calendar days once every six or 12 months. Researchers can be granted exemptions for up to 120 days for work at a public, degree-granting institution, or an affiliate of a public, degree-granting institution.
The exemption is aimed at employers who need high-skilled workers to perform short-term work of crucial importance to their business. It is also aimed at universities and other research centres that may required specialist knowledge for a set period of time.
The exemption can be applied for at a Port of Entry, or an overseas visa office. When applying at a Port of Entry, the visa officer should write in the candidate’s passport the specific date they are required to leave Canada.
For 15-day exemptions, the waiting period to become eligible again is sis months from the day the exemption was granted. For 30-day exemptions, the waiting period is 12 months if another 30-days is being applied for, or six months if the second exemption period is 15 days.
Global Skills Strategy Work Permit Exemption: Requirements
Whether applying at a visa off or Port of Entry, a candidate must provide documents to show the short-term exemption applies. These documents should include:
- Formal job offer
- Letter from employer describing duties, NOC code and period of employment
Researchers also require the following documents:
- Letter from qualifying institution describing duties, research to be completed and NOC code.
- Proof of educational qualifications to establish academic excellence.
- Description of how candidate will add value to the research project.
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