Canada announces new pathway to Permanent Residency

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced an innovative pathway to permanent residency to about 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are presently in Canada. The new pathway focusses on temporary workers who are employed in hospitals, long-term care homes, essential workers, and international graduates.

To be eligible, workers must have accumulated at least 1 year of full-time Canadian work experience or the equivalent in part-time experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation in three (3) years preceding the date when the application for permanent residence is received. The worker must also arrange a benchmark 4 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas.

International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017 from one of the “Designated Learning Institutions”. A degree must have been issued on completion of a program of at least 8 months in duration. International graduates must also attain a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas.

Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams:

• 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
• 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
• 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution

The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit.

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