IRCC has come up with pathways for 90,000 international student graduates and essential workers in Canada for permanent residency and an unlimited number of French-speaking applicants. On April 14, Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced new programs, three of which will enable 90,000 new immigrants to get PR status this year. The other three for French-speaking immigrants will not have any intake limit.
These new programs will be meant for temporary workers working with hospitals and long-term care homes and also the ones working on the frontline of other critical sectors. Besides, they will also include international student graduates from various Canadian educational institutions.
As of May 6, IRCC will start accepting applications under the following three streams, which will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they’ve reached the limit.
These new public policies apply to workers employed in 40 healthcare occupations and 95 other essential jobs across various sectors, including food production and distribution, caregiving, etc.
To be eligible to apply, workers need at least one year of working experience in Canada in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. On the other hand, international graduates should have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program in the last four years and not before January 2017.
Besides, workers and graduates must possess proficiency in one of the official languages of Canada. They must meet general admissibility requirements and should be present, authorized to work in Canada. Additionally, they must be working in Canada at the time of the application to qualify for the program. Apart from that, they must be living in any of the Canadian provinces, except for Quebec.
Inviting Domestic Candidates Through Express Entry
Canada intends to achieve the 2021 target by inviting a large number of immigration candidates to apply for PR who have been living in Canada during COVID. For every two weeks since the beginning of the year, Canada has been holding Express Entry draws targeting candidates eligible for the CEC or those previously nominated through a PNP.
How is Canada Trying to Achieve its 401,000 Newcomer Goal?
Canada also banks on other economic class streams to transition those here to PR this year to contribute to its 401,000 immigration target. Besides the Express Entry program and the PNP, programs like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and other federal systems will help Canada have more people get a PR this year.
Additionally, Canada’s Family Class Immigration proves a vital contributor to Canada’s 401,000 goal. These immigrants are exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions and allowed to enter it to complete their PR landings. This category comprises over a quarter of the new entrants. Canada looks forward to onboarding through its immigration programs. All these efforts are looked upon as a booster to Canada’s economy in the long run.
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