Find out if you’re eligible for two-week processing through the Global Skills Strategy

Start working in Canada faster through the Global Skills Strategy. We will process most eligible work permit applications within two weeks.

Who is eligible for two-week processing

There are two ways you can be eligible for two-week processing of your work permit application. It depends on if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

If you don’t need an LMIA (LMIA-exempt)

If you don’t need an LMIA, you will be eligible for two-week processing if you meet all of these requirements:

  • you are applying from outside Canada
  • your job is either skill type 0 (managerial) or skill level A (professional) in the National Occupational Classification system
  • your employer has submitted an offer of employment using the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee

International Experience Canada applicants are not eligible.

If you need an LMIA (LMIA-required)

If you need an LMIA, you will qualify for two-week processing if you meet all of these requirements:

  • you are applying from outside Canada
  • you have a positive LMIA through the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (this will be on the LMIA decision letter)

Spouses and dependents

Your spouse, common-law partner and dependent children are also eligible for two-week processing on applications. This applies to applications for a

  • visitor visa
  • work permit
  • study permit

They must submit a complete application and apply at the same time as you.

How to get two-week processing

Once you have the documents and information you need from your employer, you and your family members must

  • apply online from outside Canada
  • submit a complete application
  • include a medical exam (if needed)
  • include police certificates (if needed)
  • pay the processing fees
  • submit your biometrics results within two weeks of submitting your application (if needed)

Local visa office requirements

Many of our visa offices abroad have specific instructions that you need to follow. Check your local visa office requirements to make sure you are including all required documents with your application.

You can find your local instructions in the application package.

  1. Go to the work permit application.
  2. Select apply online.
  3. Select the country or territory you’re applying from.
  4. Download the country-specific “visa office requirements” from the list of documents, if there are any.

If you don’t see any visa office requirements in the list of documents, then there are no special instructions for your location.

Examples of requirements that may change depending on where you are applying from:

Special instructions if you need an LMIA

Make sure you:

  • answer “yes” when asked during the online eligibility check: “Did Employment and Social Development Canada issue your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Global Talent Stream?”
  • apply as soon as they receive your LMIA decision letter

We won’t process your application in two weeks if:

  • you aren’t eligible to apply through the Global Skills Strategy
  • your application is incomplete
  • you forget documents from your local visa office instructions
  • you submit a paper application
  • you apply from inside Canada
  • you submit an International Experience Canada application
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