Over 90,000 Temporary Residents to Become Permanent Residents
In an important announcement the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Honorable Marco Mendicino mentions that there are six new immigration programs for permanent residency to over 90,000 temporary residents. The program will be aimed at essential workers and recent international graduates. These programs will lighten the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and jump-starting the Canadian economy, according to Mendicino. He said:
“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. 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. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay“
These special new immigration programs will help temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada to receive permanent resident status. For temporary workers, the focus is given to healthcare staff and workers in care homes; however, other essential sectors that are not in healthcare are also in the program.
Starting on May 6, three new streams will start receiving applications. These streams are:
- temporary workers in health care (20,000 applications for this stream – click here to see which health care occupations will be considered)
- temporary workers in other selected essential occupations (30,000 applications for this stream)
- international students who graduated from a Canadian institution (40,000 applications for this steam)
In addition to these streams, an additional three streams will be available for French-speaking or bilingual temporary workers and international graduates. These three streams will have no application limit! It’s also important to mention that these French-speaking programs do not include Quebec, they are for other Canadian regions. Apart from other qualifications (which we’ll briefly touch on below), you must have a Canadian Language Benchmark Level of 4 (CLB 4) in French to be eligible in these French programs.
Who Are Eligible as Temporary Workers in Essential Occupations?
You need to meet the conditions stated below to be eligible for the temporary worker streams:
- 1 year of full-time work experience or the equivalent 1,560 hours part-time work experience,
- this work experience should be in the eligible occupations list (Annex A & B can’t be combined when calculating the 1 year of experience)
- must have a CLB 4 in English or French
- Must already be residing in Canada with temporary resident status.
Who Are Eligible to Apply as International Graduates?
As mentioned, these new immigration programs also provide a great chance for recent international graduates who graduated from a Canadian institution. The requirements for international graduates are as follows:
- the applicant has completed his/her studies no earlier than January 2017,
- these studies were completed in an eligible institution such as:
- a public or private college, trade school, technical school, or university.
- has a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate), diploma, the certificate
- must be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization. The applicant must not be self-employed.
- has a CLB 5 level of proficiency in either English or French
- must already be residing in Canada with temporary resident status.
These six new streams are aimed to help IRCC meet its ambitious target of giving permanent resident status to 1.2 million immigrants during the next three years. In this year alone, estimates show that 401,000 people will receive permanent resident status.
How Canadapt Can Help You!
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, now is your chance! The Canadian government is relying on the contributions of immigrants as an incredibly important way to revitalize the Canadian economy during the post-COVID era. That is why, even in these pandemic-stricken times, immigration numbers in Canada are at an all-time high. If your dream is moving to Canada, don’t miss the train!
Reach out to us if you have any queries with Canadian immigration processes. Our experts would be happy to assist you. Don’t forget to check out our free 15-minute consultation by filling out the evaluation form here.