Is immigrating to Canada in your career bucket list? We are here to help. Canada has systems in place to expedite visas and work permits for international workers. Still, navigating the bureaucracy involved in moving abroad is never simple. That’s why we are here to talk to you about everything you need to know about immigrating to Canada.

So let’s dive in and discuss costs, documents, timelines, and more.

Immigrating to Canada with the Global Talent Stream visa

The Global Talent Stream is a fast-track immigration program. It was created to streamline the work visa process for foreign tech specialists interested in moving to Canada. It was Canada’s answer to an economy facing a shortage of highly skilled workers. The Global Talent Steam visa allowed Canadian employers to expedite the hiring of international professionals for engineering and tech-related fields.

How the Labor Market Impact Assessment works

The first part of the Global Stream process is the Labor Market Impact Assessment, LMIA. This assessment determines if a Canadian employer can hire a foreign worker. It evaluates whether or not there’s a position that a Canadian worker can fill. If not, the employer will require a temporary foreign worker.

LMIA applications used to take months to prepare, submit, and process; however, with the Global Talent Stream, many steps have been removed, and the LMIA moves much faster. 

The second part of the process is applying for the work permit, and VanHack’s team guides candidates prepare the documentation and keep track of what is needed every step of the way.

How long does it take to get a Canadian work visa?

Immigration consultants in Canada to help companies prepare the LMIA. This takes two to three weeks. Meanwhile, candidates work on their documentation for the work permit. And then, after the LMIA is approved, they can apply.

There is no official timeline for the work permit processing, but a general time frame would be three weeks to 3 to 4 months. 

Once the work permit is approved, candidates from countries that require visas (Brazil and India, for example) have to submit their passports. Candidates will receive their passports with the visas in around seven business days. Candidates from countries that do not require visas will receive travel authorization. 

Once in Canada, immigrants will receive a physical copy of their work permit at the airport and begin their two-year status as temporary foreign workers. VanHack’s immigration team connects candidates with relocation support which helps them understand arrival to Canada better. 


LMIA – approximately two weeks

Work permit – no official timeline

Request for passport – around seven business days

Receive work permit at the airport 

Decoding the Canadian Work Visa for Tech Professionals

Immigrating to Canada: documents you need 

When preparing for immigration, your passport is the most crucial document. Therefore, it needs to be valid for at least two years. The rule goes for the candidate and his or her family members. 

Immigrating workers must undergo a medical exam by a doctor endorsed by the Canadian Government in their country of residence. The process also included biometrics. That means, registering your fingerprints and your digital photo. Professionals immigrating to Canada with their families will need to present marriage certificates and birth certificates if they have children.

Some additional documents are also important, such as educational qualification documents. So, make sure to have transcripts of your educational qualification, an updated resume and your employment reference letters. If your documents are in a language other than English or French, they must be translated by a certified translator.

If you are immigrating to Quebec, you will need to get a Certificate of Acceptance. A consultant may help with that.


  • Valid passport – valid for at least two years
  • Biometrics – after submitting the application
  • Medical exam – depending on nationality
  • Marriage and birth certificates – for families
  • Proof of qualification – employment reference letters and diplomas/transcripts
  • Resume – up to date
  • Certified translations – for all your documents in other languages
  • Certificate of Acceptance – for applicants in the province of Quebec

Immigrating to Canada with your family

Family applications are processed together, so there is no time lag between applications for family members. If a candidate qualifies for a work visa, their spouse will get an open work permit. If they have children under the age of 6, the kids will be eligible for visitor permits, and children over six will qualify for a study permit. 

How much does it cost?

Here is an overview of government fees that individuals and or families are required to pay to apply for a work visa:


  • Work permit – $155 CAD
  • Spouse permit – $255 CAD
  • Study permit – $150 CAD
  • Child visitor permit – $100 CAD
  • Biometrics fee – Singles $85 CAD / Families $170 CAD

Additional costs:

  • Translations
  • Medical exams
  • Relocation 
  • Pets

We help you relocate to Canada

We celebrate every new hire. When any VanHacker gets the job and is ready to move, we offer:

  • Guidance with paperwork
  • City Guide
  • Advice with rules related to Covid-19
  • Special offers from providers

Is there anything else you would like to know about immigrating to Canada? Feel free to ask us.


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