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Global Talent Stream opens for Quebec!

The Quebec Immigration Minister has announced today that the Global Talent Stream is now open for companies in Québec. The Global Talent Stream is a streamlined process for employers to hire skilled workers with specialized skills in high-demand occupations.

The Global Talent Stream was previously launched on June 12th, 2017 for the rest of the Canada and was opened today for the province of Québec.

A company hiring through the Global Talent Stream will benefit from faster application processing times and flexible recruiting requirements.

For example, Immigration Canada has announced that an employer in Quebec approved to hire a foreign worker through the Global Talent Stream may receive a fast processing time of 2 weeks for this application.

Furthermore, for occupations listed under NOC 0 or A, a work permit will no longer be required for short-term work projects of 15 days (every six months) or 30 days (annually).

Here is the official list of occupations that qualify for the Global Talent Stream*:

NOC 0213: Computer and Information System Managers

NOC 2147: Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

NOC 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants

NOC 2172: Database analysts and data administrators

NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers

NOC 2174: Computer programmers and interactive media developers

NOC 2175: Web designers and developers

NOC 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

NOC 2283: Information systems testing technicians

Sub-set of NOC 5131: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, with experience in at least one or more of the following skills relevant to the visual effects, video game or animation industries: surfacing and look development; character or simulation rigging; matte painting; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production with at least 5 years of experience in one or a combination of these roles and meeting the salary requirements

Sub-set of NOC 5241: 3D modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design with at least 5 years of experience in at least one of the listed digital media design fields.

*Please note that for the purposes of the Global Talent Stream, the employer must pay the employee the prevailing wage which is defined as the highest of either:

  • the applicable minimum wage requirement as identified in the Global Talent Occupations List

  • the wage that is within the wage range that you are paying your current employees hired for the same job and work location, and with the same skills and years of experience

Visit the official government pages for the Global Talent Stream for more information !

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