Canada introduces pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 international graduates and essential workers
International graduates, essential workers, and French speakers in Canada will have six (6) new pathways to permanent residency next month.
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Marco E.L. Mendicino, announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to the country’s economy.
Three (3) streams have also been added for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. The French speaking streams dedicated for immigrants who can speak French will not have an intake cap.
The new programs will be for temporary workers employed in hospitals and long-term care homes and those on the frontlines. As well, the new programs will be for international graduates from Canadian educational institutions.
Applications open on May 6, 2021. IRCC has created three (3) streams in which applications will be open for:
- 20,000 applications for temporary workers in healthcare.
- 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations.
- 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian educational institution.
Applications will be open until November 5, 2021, or until the limits are met.
The new policies apply to workers in 40 healthcare occupations and 95 other essential jobs.
To be eligible, workers need at least one (1) year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation.
As an international graduate, to be eligible candidates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four (4) years, no earlier than January 2017.
Graduates and workers must have proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages; meet general admission requirements; and be present, authorized to work and working in Canada at the time of their application. Candidates must be residing in any Canadian province other than Quebec.