Two-week processing time for work permit applications in Canada – Global Skills Strategy

When you apply for a work permit, you could be eligible for a two-week processing time under the Global Skills Strategy. However, you must know if you qualify and beware of the realities.

Work permit with our without an LMIA

You may need an LMIA before applying for a work permit, depending on your circumstances. Nevertheless, some people are exempt from the requirements of an LMIA. Subject to other criteria, the two-week processing time applies to both types of work permits.

Where to apply for a work permit

Everyone may apply for a work permit before entering Canada. Some people may apply at a port of entry or after Canada. The two-week processing time only applies to outside-Canada applications.

Two-week processing time for LMIA-based work permits

You may qualify if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • ESDC has issued a positive LMIA for you under the Global Talent Stream.
  • You are applying online and from outside Canada.
  • The application is complete and includes the following:
    • All the required forms and documents (with certified translations).
    • Medical examination (if necessary)
    • Police certificate (if applicable) – I highly recommend including a police certificate for most nationalities.
    • All the documents required by your local visa office
  • You have paid the processing fee.
  • If you need to give biometrics, you must do so within two weeks of the AOR.

Regular high-wage/low-wage LMIA and other LMIA types do not qualify for two-week processing.

Two-week processing time for LMIA-exempt work permits

You may be eligible when meeting all of the following requirements:

  • You have applied online for a work permit from outside Canada.
  • The employer created the LMIA-exempt job offer through the Employer Portal, and you have enclosed the A number.
  • The job position is NOC 0 (managerial) or A (professional) only. Unfortunately, NOC B, C, or D jobs do not qualify.

Keep in mind two-week processing does not cover IEC (International Experience Canada) candidates.

Be mindful of the realities.

In reality, IRCC may not process all Global Skills Strategy work-permit applications in two-week. Any of the following reasons could result in delays:

  • Your application is incomplete or does not meet the requirements.
  • There are suspicions of inadmissibility to Canada.
  • The visa office is not fully operational due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other problems.
  • IRCC has changed its current policy for two-week processing.

Applicants who have dependent family members

For applicants who have dependent family members, they must apply concurrently. Otherwise, they won’t qualify for the Global Skills Strategy (GSS).

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