Are you a tech professional from abroad who wants to work in Canada? You’ll need to get a work permit through The Global Talent Stream (GTS). Using the GTS visa, you can start working in Canada within 1 to 2 months after getting a job offer from a Canadian employer. The visa is a 2-year closed work permit. This means that your visa will be tied to the company that you are going to work with.

Even though VanHack is not an immigration consultant service, we do answer job candidates’ questions a lot for this topic. We hope these answers are useful for you, though please note: we are not responsible for the results of any applications.

Ready? So, here are their most common questions along with our answers.

“As a candidate, what do I need to qualify for the Global Talent Stream visa?”

The most important thing you need to qualify for this visa is a job offer.

There is no International English Language Testing IELTS requirement. As a candidates, you can be from any country around the world. You don’t need academic qualification or a college diploma. As well, there is no age limit. The job offer is the most important thing.

Of course, you do need to actually be a tech professional with in-demand skills. If you’re working in technology as a developer, QA, UX Designer, DevOps, Data Engineer or anything related, you can qualify for this visa! The types of professionals who can apply for the GTS visa include:

  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • Digital Media and Design

“What are the steps to apply for the GTS visa?”

The first step to get this visa is to have the company apply for an Labour Marketing Impact Assessment (LMIA) number.

Once you get a job offer you need to wait for the the company to apply for an LMIA number, you can apply for your work permit online.

Watch this video to see how to apply for the LMIA

After you have your LMIA, follow these steps to prepare your Work Permit application:

  1. Translate your documents, such as your diploma or marriage certificate, tax returns, bank statements, etc. and submit them.
  2. Schedule medical exams with a certified doctor for you and your family. 
  3. Submit biometric fee at the time of e-application (if needed).
  4. Obtain biometrics prior to the two weeks elapsing from time of application, if needed. Get more information about biometrics here.

After you have your LMIA approved (which takes 10 business days), you will get issued a letter with an LMIA Number that the candidate will use to apply for their work visa on the CIC Website.

They will also need to get Medical Exams for themselves and any family members who will be on the application. Make sure to book these exams as soon as possible! You can find a list of approved Doctors in your country HERE.

This guide will also explain how to apply for the work permit and below are the Step by Step answers you need to give on the Eligibility quiz:

“What if I quit my job or the company fires me?”

You can stay still in Canada for the time that you have left of the two year period on your visa.

For example, if you were fired after 6 months, you can stay in Canada for another 18 months. You’d be able to work remotely and would have to find another company to go through the Global Talent Stream process for you in order to get a new job in Canada.

“Great! Can I apply for jobs that sponsor work visas on VanHack?”

Yes! We have over 100 of them and have helped over 700 developers get hired! See our jobs here.

“Can you give me a real-life example of how to apply for the GTS visa?”

Sure! Here’s an example of a VanHacker who got the Global Talent Stream visa. He explains how the process worked:

We hope this post helps you have success with your visa application! Still have questions? Email [email protected] for more information.