The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, recently announced the upcoming implementation of a “Tech Talent Strategy” aimed at attracting international talent and supporting innovation and economic growth in Canada. Here is a summary of the proposed measures
For H-1B visa holders
H-1B visa holders in the United States with specialized positions will be eligible for a simplified work permit for Canada, facilitating mobility between the two countries. Canada will also offer the opportunity for their families to live, study, and work in Canada. This measure will be implemented starting from July 16, 2023, for a one-year trial period.
For Tech employers
To address the talent shortage in the Canadian Tech sector, the government plans to establish a specific stream called the “Innovation Stream” within the International Mobility Program. This stream will allow certain innovative employers in the high-tech field to bypass the Labour Market Impact Assessment process, saving valuable time in hiring and integrating Tech talent. The obtained work permit will have a duration of 5 years. This is expected to be implemented by the end of 2023.
The goal is to improve the Start-Up Program and the Global Talent Stream by increasing the duration of allocated work permits, relaxing eligibility criteria, reducing processing times, and expanding access to a wider range of candidates/companies. Instead of the current employer-specific work permit, a more flexible “Open Work Permit” will be issued, allowing individuals to start their own ventures.
For Digital Nomads
Canadian authorities are currently discussing the creation of a dedicated work permit for digital nomads. Currently, the need is covered by a six-month Visitor visa, but the idea is to develop a visa specifically tailored to this type of talent, allowing them to work for a Canadian employer (which is not currently permitted).
Canada is adding more tools to its arsenal in the global talent race. Interested?
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