On June 12, 2017, the Canada government started Global Skill Strategy program under Express Entry system and issued 4,400 Invitations to Apply in just six months. Almost all of the invitations went to Indians, mostly from the information technology sector, followed by the Chinese. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada confirmed that India is the single largest source of skilled workers in the North American country.
As mentioned by the government of Canada, the Global Skill Strategy program was started to aid Canadian businesses to attract global talent for being successful in the workplace. The program further reduces the time to bring skilled foreign workers to Canada to only two weeks. Lindsay Wemp, a spokesperson from the IRCC, said that in the global race of attracting investments of companies, Canada has to get in competition with European Union and the United States, both of whom have a large talent and labor base. Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO, Fantasy 360, said that the US imposing visa restrictions had encouraged Indian techies to apply for Canada.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Global Skill Strategy program consist of faster processing time, enhanced customer service, and exemption from work permit. The process is a lot faster than the work permit process and a definite one to attract global talent, thereby, adding new skills to Canada, growing its economy, and strengthening the middle class.
Benefits for family
Canada is not that good when it comes to bringing spouses on a dependent visa. But that’s not the case with Global Skill Strategy program as spousal visa, which is an open work permit, and dependent visa for children, for studying in the country is processed within those two weeks. This program too leads to permanent residency and then citizenship. Canada has assured that it will process 80 percent of applications in two weeks, so if you are lucky, then you’ll get it.