Canada launched 6 new immigration programs for international graduates, essential workers, and French speakers.
IRCC introducing pathways for 90,000 international student graduates and essential workers in Canada to become permanent residents and an unlimited number of French-speaking applicants.
Essential workers, international student graduates, and French speakers in Canada will have six new pathways to permanent residency this May.
Canada’s immigration minister – Marco Mendicino has announced the new programs. In the other three French-speaking streams immigrants will have no intake cap.
The new programs will be for temporary workers employed in hospitals and long-term care homes, and those on the frontlines of other essential sectors, as well as international student graduates from Canadian educational institutions.
Effective May 6, 2021 Immigration of Canada will begin accepting applications under the following three streams until November 5, 2021, on a first come first serve basis:
20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian educational institution
These new public policies apply to workers in 40 healthcare occupations, as well as 95 other essential jobs across a range of fields, like caregiving, food production, and distribution.
To be eligible, workers need at least one year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years and no earlier than January 2017.
Graduates and workers must have proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages; meet general admissibility requirements; and be present, authorized to work and working in Canada at the time of their application to qualify.
They also must be residing in Canada outside Quebec.