Canada with six new immigration pathways is geared towards granting permanent residency to 90,000 foreign nationals in Canada. Are you ready?

On April 14th, IRCC announced six new immigration pathways to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. This is big news for all the foreign nationals who are currently living and working in Canada and contributing effectively to the Canadian economy in an uncertain time like this. This means all the special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.

What are the Six New Immigration Categories?

The six new immigration pathways for the permanent residency is focused on candidates within Canada. The pathways are below–

1. International students with with a job offer and minimum language score of CLB 5.

2. Essential workers in healthcare sector also go through the minimum language requirements

3. Essential workers in other sectors must have a valid job offer and meet minimum language CLB 4.

4. Francophone international students

5. Francophone essential workers in health sector

6. Francophone essential workers in other occupations.

What to lookout for

The pandemic has highlighted the contribution of foreign nationals in Canada, across all sectors and skill levels. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need to ensure that Canada has the necessary workforce to support the physical health and wellbeing of individuals, as well as the economic recovery. The public policy targets foreign nationals with at least one year of work experience in Canada in an essential occupation, in recognition of their economic contribution and in acknowledgement of the ongoing need that Canada has for these professionals.

1. Inside Canada- An aspiring applicant must be in Canada at the time of submission

2. Education Timeline – Must Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017.

3. Graduate Eligibility – Must have a degree (Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate) which must be a degree issued on completion of a program of at least 8 months in duration OR one or more Diploma with a combined duration of 16 months or more.

4. Worker Eligibility – Should be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work pursuant to the Act and Regulations at the time the application for permanent residence is received and must not be self-employed, unless working as a medical doctor

5. Family Members – It is a requirement for the applicant to reside in Canada, however any family member who are residing overseas during
the time of submission (spouse, dependant children or common law partner) can be included in the application.

6. Intended Province – In order to qualify for this program, the applicant must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.

It is important for the applicant to be in possession of all required documentation for the application process. IRCC will start to accept applications from May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021 or once 40,000 applications have been received, whichever comes first.
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