Find out if you’re eligible for 2-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 2 weeks.

Who is eligible for 2-week processing

There are 2 ways you can be eligible for 2-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’re applying from outside Canada
  • Your job is either skill type 0 (managerial) or skill level A (professional) in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
  • Your employer has submitted an offer of employment using the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.

The NOC system is changing

Starting November 16, 2022, we’ll switch to the 2021 version of the NOC system. At that time

  • skill type 0 will be replaced by Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) 0
  • skill level A will be replaced by TEER 1

If you apply on or after November 16, 2022, your job must be either TEER 0 or 1 to be eligible for the Global Skills Strategy. Check the NOC 2021 to make sure you’re still eligible.

International Experience Canada applicants are not eligible for Global Skills Strategy processing.

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)

Faster processing

If your job is at the National Occupational Classification National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0 (managerial, executive) or skill level A (professional), you’re eligible for 2-week application processing.

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)
  • include certified translations of documents that aren’t in English or French
  • 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.

If you have local instructions to follow you can find them 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.

To be eligible for two-week processing you must include certified translations of documents that aren’t in English or French, even if your visa office requirements say we accept other languages.

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 don’t include certified translations of documents that aren’t in English or French
  • 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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