Global Skills Strategy: Who is eligible

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt workers

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt workers qualify for 2-week processing of their work permit application if they meet all of these requirements:

International Experience Canada applicants are not eligible for 2-week processing.

Workers who require an LMIA

Workers who require an LMIA qualify for 2-week processing if they meet all of these requirements:

  • They’re applying from outside Canada.
  • The employer has a positive LMIA through the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (this is on the LMIA decision letter).

Spouses and dependants

Workers’ spouse or common-law partner and dependent children are also eligible for 2-week processing of applications. This applies to applications for the following:

  • visitor visa
  • work permit
  • study permit

Spouses, common-law partners and dependent children must submit a complete application and apply at the same time as the worker.

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