Global Skills Strategy: About the process

Employers want to attract top talent to work for their company, and they want a fast and predictable process to do this. To help employers find these highly skilled workers faster, we introduced the Global Skills Strategy (GSS). The strategy features faster application processing times, work permit exemptions and enhanced customer service.

Foreign nationals eligible for this priority processing must still meet all other eligibility and admissibility requirements, including providing police certificates if required. Eligible applicants must submit all required documents with their application. If they don’t submit the required documents, they will not get the 2-week processing time.

Processing delays for GSS applications

Processing times for GSS applications continue to be affected by

  • the number of the applications we’ve received while COVID-19 health and travel restrictions were in place, and
  • an increase in applications as health and travel restrictions in Canada and around the world were removed

It will probably take more than 2 weeks to process your GSS application. We’re continuing to recover so we can return to our regular processing times.