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6 new pathways to permanent residency for over 90,000 Temporary Workers, International Graduates

This May, six new paths to permanent residency will open up for essential temporary workers, international graduates and French speakers in Canada.

Temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada  andwho have the expertise and experience will be granted permanent status under these special public policies, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced on April 14, 2021

Temporary workers working in the hospitals and long-term care homes, as well as international graduates driving the economy of tomorrow, will be the focus of this new pathway.

Workers must have at least one year of work experience in a health-care career or another pre-approved essential occupation in Canada to be qualified. International graduates must have completed a post-secondary program in Canada in the last four years, and no earlier than January 2017.

As of May 6, 2021,IRCC will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams:

  • 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 institution

The streams will be open until November 5, 2021, or until they reach their limit. These three stream will admit up to 90,000 new permaent residents.

Three additional new streams for French-speaking or bilingual candidates have been launched with no intake limits to promote Canada’s official languages. French-speaking and bilingual immigrants support communities across Canada, and this pathway would contribute to the vitality of these Francophone minority communities.