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Canada launches ‘digital nomad strategy’ for foreign workers. What this visa option offers

Canada has announced a digital nomad strategy that will allow foreigners to work in the country for up to six months, with the possibility of extending their stay if they find a job offer.

Canada on Tuesday announced to launch its digital nomad strategy which will provide a temporary arrangement for foreigners to look for jobs in the countryPremium
Canada on Tuesday announced to launch its digital nomad strategy which will provide a temporary arrangement for foreigners to look for jobs in the country

Canada on Tuesday announced to launch its "digital nomad strategy" which will provide a temporary arrangement for foreigners to look for jobs in the country. 

What will digital nomad strategy offer?

Announcing the development, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said that "digital nomad strategy" will allow workers with a foreign employer to stay and work in Canada for up to six months. If they get a job offer while in the country, he said, they can remain in Canada even longer.

Hinting that it will be extremely beneficial for Canada, he said those workers will "spend money in communities in this country."

In a bid to address Canada's skills shortage, the federal government is looking to poach talent from abroad through three new initiatives that were unveiled at a technology conference on Tuesday. The conference was addressed by Fraser. 

What are the other two initiatives?

Some of his announcements were targeted specifically at that industry — part of what the ministry is calling a "tech talent strategy."

By the end of this year, Fraser said, the federal government will be developing an immigration stream for "some of the world's most talented people that will be able to come to Canada to work for tech companies, whether they have a job offer or not." However, the minister did not clarify who will qualify or how many people will be admitted to the stream. 

Later, a news release said the government will create an "innovation stream" under its international mobility program for skilled workers who are "in select in-demand occupations" or are destined for work with companies the government selects as “contributing to our innovation goals."

The third new program announced Tuesday was specifically aimed at the United States. By July 16, Fraser said, the government will create an open work-permit stream to allow 10,000 American H-1B visa holders to come and work in Canada.

In its news release, the ministry said the program will also provide for study or work permits for their family members.

(With inputs from CBC news)

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Published: 28 Jun 2023, 11:23 AM IST
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