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Today, 14th April – Marco Mendicino, the Immigration Minister of Canada, announced new pathways to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates.
These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and who possess the relevant skills and experience.
To be eligible, workers must have at least one year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years and no earlier than January 2017.
Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three streams:
In addition to the above three streams – To promote Canada’s official languages, three additional streams with no intake caps have also been launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. Communities across Canada benefit from French-speaking and bilingual newcomers, and this pathway will contribute to the vitality of these Francophone minority communities.
The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents will be admitted under these three streams.
Graduates and workers must have proficiency in either English or French and must meet general admissibility requirements; and be present, authorized to work, and working in Canada at the time of their application to qualify. They also must intend to reside in any Canadian province other than Quebec.
Applicants are required to be physically present in Canada at the time of the application and when the application is approved on legal status.
“These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better,” Mendicino said in a media release. “Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.” – states Mendicino
Canada has aimed to be proactive concerning the conditions faced by temporary residents who have been affected by the Covid pandemic since 2020. Immigration Minister had announced late last year that they were looking at several ways to provide definitive pathways to the temporary residents so that they can become permanent in Canada.
Over the last few months, Canada has introduced many programs and options geared at easing out the immigration administrative hurdles faced by international students and temporary foreign workers.
Whether it was extending the period to apply for restoration or to expedite the provision of working while waiting for the work permit process: or 18-month extension for PGWP; or a scoop large Express Entry draw that saw the lowest ever CRS score of 75; and now these innovative new immigration pathways.
Express Entry also has largely concentrated only on the applications in the Canadian Experience Class over the last few months. The year 2021 is still to see an all-program Express Entry draw, which would have included aspirants and candidates under the FSW – Federal Skilled workers outside Canada.
Today’s announcement will help achieve the 2021 Immigration Levels Plan, which will see Canada welcome 401,000 new permanent residents.
Team Ask Kubeir is gearing up and boosting its resources to accept and handle applications from clients under this pathway. Since this is an online application on the new portal, there will be a lot of unfamiliarity for applicants attempting to handle their own applications. Hence, many clients have approached us to handle their applications under this program pathway.
As there is an intake cap limit, we are accepting applications on first-come-first-serve-basis.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for a licensed ICCRC Immigration consultant to handle and represent your application.