CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES TO ADDRESS LABOR SHORTAGES

Recognizing that Canada is top destination for global talent for skilled workers, the Government of Canada announced measures to fill vacant positions in all sectors across the country. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Express Entry draws will soon resume and that invitations for candidates to apply for permanent residence will begin in early July. This will include the Canadian experience class, federal skilled worker class and federal skilled trades class.

Starting in summer 2022, former international students who are in Canada and have a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) expiring between January and December 2022 will qualify for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months.

Finally, new measures are announced for those who applied for permanent residence through the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway (TR to PR) last year. Taking effect this summer, the policy changes include: Applicants will no longer be required to remain in Canada while their application is being processed; Applicants who apply for an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residence application to be finalized will be able to get work permits valid until the end of 2024; and to support family reunification, immediate family members who are outside Canada and who were included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application will be eligible for their own open work permit.

At NPZ Law Group, our U.S. and Canadian lawyers seek to assist clients with regard to employment and family immigration issues. If you or your friends or family should have any questions about any aspect of the Canadian Immigration Law, please feel free to contact us at info@visaserve.com or you can call our office at 201-670-0006 (ext. 104). We look forward to being able to assist you.