Canada launches pathway to permanent residence on May 6. The program is expected to close by November 6, 2021.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had launched six new immigration streams which are expected to grant permanent status to temporary workers and international students who possess the desired skills and experienced needed to accelerate Canada’s recovery following the COVID 19 pandemic.
IRCC will accept:
· 20,000 applications for temporary workers in healthcare;
· 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations, and;
· 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution.
Requirements of the New Immigration Programs Targeting Essential Workers
To qualify for the new immigration programs for essential workers, applicants must have the following;
1. At least one year of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in an eligible essential worker or health- care worker within the last 3 years immediately prior to the submission of the application. The one year of work experience must be obtained in one or more of the eligible occupations as follows:
- Health-Care Workers: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed below.
- Essential Worker: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed below, or in a combination of occupations in classified as Health-Care Workers or Essential Worker.
2. Are currently employed in Canada in any occupation at the time that the application for permanent residence is received;
3. Meet the definition of a worker and held valid work authorization for the period of qualifying Canadian work experience;
4. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least CLB level4 in English or French in the last 2 years if applying under the foreign national’s program and at least CLB level 4 in French if applying under the French-speaking program;
5. 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;
6. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
Requirements of the New Immigration Programs Targeting International Students
To qualify for the new immigration program for international students, applicants must have the following;
1. Graduated from a program of study from a Designated Learning Institution in Canada after January 2017 that was at least 8 months in duration,
2. 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 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.
3. Held a valid study permit throughout their education in Canada;
4. Be currently employed in Canada with a valid work authorization to work
5. 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;
6. 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;
7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
What occupations qualify as a Health-Care Worker?
Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in the last 3 years in one of the following occupations:
3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111 Specialist physicians
3112 General practitioners and family physicians
3124 Allied primary health practitioners
3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3143 Occupational therapists
3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211 Medical laboratory technologists
3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 Medical radiation technologists
3216 Medical sonographers
3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3232 Practitioners of natural healing
3233 Licensed practical nurses
3234 Paramedical occupations
3236 Massage therapists
3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
3411 Dental assistants
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4152 Social workers
4153 Family, marriage, and other related counselors
4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4212 Social and community service workers
4412 Home support workers, housekeepers, and related occupations