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Canada Launches New Permanent Residence Immigration Programs for Essential Workers and International Students

Canada Launches New Permanent Residence Immigration Programs for Essential Workers and International Students

What are the available pathways for permanent residency under these new Immigration programs?

These new immigration pathways were introduced via special public policies and aim to grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are in Canada and who possess the sought-after skills and experience needed to accelerate Canada’s economic recovery following the COVID 19 pandemic.

Within these announcements, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada published 4 special public policies, introducing these new pathways to Canadian permanent residence. These are:

International Graduates in Canada
French Speaking International Graduates in Canada
Foreign national in Canada with recent candian work experience in essential occupations
French Speaking Foreign national in Canada with candian work experience in essential occupations

“On April 14, 2021, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s intention to create several new immigration pathways for permanent residence for essential workers and international graduates who are currently in Canada working.”

Who qualifies under the new immigration programs targeting International Students?

To qualify under the new immigration programs targeting international students, applicants must demonstrate that they have the following:

    • Graduated from a program of study from a Designated Learning Institution in Canada after January 2017 that was at least 8 months in duration,
    • Obtained one of the following credentials from the Designated Learning Institution:
      • a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate);
      • a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade; or
      • one or more diploma/certificate/attestation where the following conditions are met:
        • For diplomas/certificates/attestations, each program of study must be at least 8 months in duration and the combined length of the credential(s) must be equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration).
        • For the DVS and AVS, each program of study must be at least 900 hours in duration and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours in duration.
        • When combining one AVS with one DVS, the length of the AVS may be less than 900 hours if the combined length is at least 1,800 hours.
      • Held a valid study permit throughout their education in Canada;
      • Be currently employed in Canada with a valid work authorization to work
        Have attained a level of proficiency of at least CLB level 5 in English or French in the last 2 years if applying under the foreign national’s program and at least CLB level 5 in French if applying under the French-speaking program;
      • Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
      • Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.

In addition to the above criteria, all applicants (and dependent family members) must pass medical and criminal background checks and must not be inadmissible to Canada.

How do I apply to one of the new permanent resident immigration programs?

All applications must be submitted electronically with reference to the appropriate public policy the applicant qualifies under. We can expect more information on the application process when the programs are released on May 6, 2021.

What documents do I need to apply for the new permanent resident immigration programs?

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada are yet to issue a documents checklist outlining all the required documentation, but applicants can expect to submit the following documents as part of their application:

  • Completed application forms;
  • Civil status documents;
  • Copy of education credential and transcripts of Canadian education (if applicable);Proof of language proficiency;
  • Work reference letters from Canadian employer;
  • Passport copy;
  • Copies of all Canadian immigration permits;
  • Police clearances;
  • Medical examination results;
  • Digital photo.
  • All supporting documentation requested is necessary to assess whether a foreign national meets the conditions of the
  • public policies must be included at the time of application.

How long will these immigration programs be available?

All 4 special public policies governing these new Immigration programs will come into effect May 6, 2021, and will close on November 5, 2021, or once the intake cap of the applicable stream has been reached, whichever occurs first. Any application submitted after November 5, 2021, will not be processed.

If you’re interested in beginning your Canadian immigration journey through one of these new immigration programs, contact us today to register for a consultation!

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