Global Skills Strategy stream

Global Skills Strategy

Canada’s Global Skills Strategy stream helps in the fast track hiring of highly skilled workers. As they can grow and add to its labour market and economy. This strategy helps Canadian employers to get highly skilled workers on an immediate basis. This stream helps in the fast track processing of such applications. But qualifying foreign nationals must meet the terms and requirements for admission to Canada.

The applicants can have their application processed within 2 weeks.


Eligibility Terms

To apply to the Global Skills Strategy stream, the applicant must meet the following terms, if they are applying as:

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt worker

Applicants who are LMIA exempt workers can qualify for 2 weeks processing if they meet terms such as:

  • Firstly, are applying from outside Canada.
  • Secondly, have either a managerial (NOC skill type o) or professional (NOC skill level A) job.
  • The Canadian employer has given a job offer through the employer portal and has paid the employer compliance fee.

Besides, applicants from the International Experience Canada stream can not apply for 2-week processing.


Applicants requiring LMIA

As per Canada applicants who needs an LMIA can qualify for two-week processing if they meet terms such as:


Terms for spouse and dependents

As a spouse or common-law partner or a dependent, apply for 2-week processing of the application, if applying for a:

  • visitor visa
  • work permit
  • study permit

Moreover, spouse, common-law partner or dependent must give a complete application. Also, on the side, they must apply as a worker.


Apply for 2-week processing

Applicant, its spouse or common-law partner, or dependents can apply for 2-week processing of their application. If they meet all the terms of the Global Skills Strategy stream and have all required supporting documents.

To apply:

  • Apply online (outside Canada).
  • Give a complete application.
  • Give medical exam results and police certificates (if applicable).
  • Have certified translation of documents if documents are not in English or French.
  • Also, pay all fees applicable and give biometrics when needed.

After processing the application, the applicant does not have to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) or a visa. Because Canada will issue all the documents required by the applicant along with their work permit application.


Exemptions under this stream

The following applicants, do not require a work permit for short term work:

  • Highly skilled worker
  • Researchers


To be exempt from getting a work permit under this strategy the above-mentioned applicants must meet the following terms:

Highly Skilled Workers

  • have either a managerial (NOC skill type o) or professional (NOC skill level A) job; and
  • Will work as per one of the following short periods:
    • For 15 continuous days once every 6 months.
    • For 15 continuous days once every 12 months.



  • Conduct research in a publicly funded, degree-granting institution or its affiliated research institution in Canada.
  • Work for 12 days in 1 period once every 12 months in Canada.


Extension of stay in Canada

Canada requires all workers to stop their work once their work permit ends. If a worker wants to increase the time of their stay under this stream, then they can:

  • Apply for a work permit from outside Canada; or
  • Apply for short term work exemption when they become eligible.


Waiting interval between work permit exemption

The waiting period depends on the date when the exemption ended and the period of the new exemption for which the applicant has applied. 

Besides, after using any of the short term exemption, the applicant must wait for:

  • six months until they can use a 15-day exemption
  • twelve months until they can use a 30- or 120-day exemption