Program delivery update: Global Skills Strategy – February 6, 2018

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The program delivery instructions (PDIs) on the Global Skills Strategy (GSS) have been updated to provide clarifications on the short-term (15 or 30 days) work permit exemption, the short-term (120-day) work permit exemption for researchers, and priority processing (14 days) for work permits under the GSS.

For all pages, “General Criteria” has been replaced with “Conditions” to reflect the language of the public policy.

For the short-term work permit exemption PDIs, background information has been added about the public policy established on June 12, 2017.

Changes to the short-term (15 or 30 days) work permit exemption

  • instructions under “Conditions” replaced with new instructions
  • new instructions added on the following topics:
    • evidence
    • renewals
    • working with multiple employers
    • implied status
    • visitor records
  • sections removed:
    • Initial inland applications
    • Applications submitted before June 12, 2017

Changes to the short-term (120-day) work permit exemption for researchers

  • clarifications made to the conditions to meet the requirements of the work permit exemption to reflect the language of the public policy
  • instructions under “Considerations” revised
  • new instructions added on the following topics:
    • required documentation
    • renewals
    • working with multiple employers
    • implied status
    • visitor records
  • list of Canadian publicly funded degree-granting institutions updated.
  • topics removed:
    • port of entry processing
    • initial inland applications
    • applications submitted before June 12, 2017

Changes to priority processing (14 days) of work permits under the GSS

  • background information added about the Ministerial Instructions that were issued to put into effect the priority processing under the GSS
  • clarifications made and new instructions added to guidance under “Conditions”
  • new instructions added to the following sections:
    • ESDC’s Global Talent Stream
    • Family members of work permit applicants under the GSS

Updated instructions

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