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Who is Eligible ?

Who is Eligible ?

Who is eligible for priority processing?

The Ministerial Instructions on the Priority Processing of Work Permit Applications were released on June 12, 2017, as part of the Global Skills Strategy (GSS). By following these guidelines, certain highly competent foreign applicants who are submitting their applications from outside of Canada are qualified for a 2-week (14 calendar day) processing period.

Any of the e-applications listed below are affected by this:

  • having been received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after June 12, 2017
  • Applying for an international work permit
  • corresponding electronic applications for temporary residence
  • the electronic travel authorization (eTA) for a family member's employment or study permit
  • a potential candidate whose work permit e-application complies with the guidelines
  •  Applications submitted through International Experience Canada for an employer-specific


The following requirements must be satisfied in order for work permit e-applications to be processed on a priority basis: 

  • The applicant must submit a complete e-application on or after June 12, 2017, along with supporting documentation.
  • To qualify for work permits free from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
  • The applicant plans to carry out the tasks outlined in sections R204 (international agreements) and R205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (Canadian interests). When answering the questionnaire in the Come to Canada tool, the applicant does not need to identify oneself in order to receive priority processing. In the Global Case Management System, their application is automatically coded as a GSS application (GCMS).
  • The job offer is for the applicant to work in a profession that is classified as a management occupation (skill type 0) or a professional occupation (skill level A) in the National Occupational Classification.
  • Applicants must self-identify when they answer the questions in the Come to Canada tool as part of Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Global Talent Stream (GTS) LMIA-required work permits of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. For more details, go to the GTS section below.
  • Online applications (e-applications) are required (see instructions below for accommodating foreign nationals with disabilities).
  • Where required by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the IRPR, applicants must submit their medical examination documents upfront.
  • Within two weeks of the application deadline, applicants must receive their biometrics.

Because these documents will be issued as part of the work permit procedure, applicants for work permits that require a visa are not necessarily to have to apply for an ETA, and applicants for work permits that do not require a visa are not required to apply for a temporary resident visa. Those who apply but do not meet the aforementioned requirements are not eligible for the 2-week priority processing.

All other legislative eligibility and admission conditions still apply to foreign nationals who qualify for this priority processing. This includes submitting police certificates together with the work permit application if instructed to do so by the local migration office. The client is still eligible for GSS if insufficient information is provided to satisfy those standards, but the application process falls short if more documentation is sought from the applicant.

Applicants must submit papers that are needed by their foreign migration offices in addition to those included in the upfront document checklist, which is given to applicants based on their replies to the Come immigrate to Canada tool.

By visiting the main page for the work permit application, applicants can get the relevant guidelines for their local migration office.

  • choosing the nation or region from which they are applying; 
  •  if applicable, downloading the country
  • specific visa office instructions from the list of papers.

There are no particular instructions for the applicant's location if they cannot find any in the list of documents.

The applicant should offer an explanation as to why they are unable to furnish certain papers as specified by their IRCC migration office.

Who can receive two-week processing?

You can qualify for two-week processing of your work permit application in one of two ways. Depending on whether or not you require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

1. If you do not require an LMIA (LMIA-exempt)

If you satisfy all of the following criteria and do not require an LMIA, you will be qualified for two-week processing:

  • Your employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee. 
  •  You are applying from outside of Canada. 
  • Your position is either skill type 0 (managerial) or skill level A - (professional).
  • Applicants for International Experience Canada are ineligible.

2. If an LMIA is necessary (LMIA-required)

If you satisfy all of the criteria below and require an LMIA, you will be eligible for two-week processing.

  • your application is coming from outside of Canada
  •  You have a favourable LMIA obtained under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's Global Talent Stream (this will be on the LMIA decision letter)
  • Dependents and spouses
  • Your dependent children, spouse, and common-law partner are also entitled to two-week application processing.

They must simultaneously apply and submit a comprehensive application.

How to request a two-week turnaround?

You and your family must apply online from outside of Canada once you get the paperwork and details you require from your employer.

  •  submitting a full application
  •  comprise a medical examination (if needed)

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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