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New Pathway to Permanent Residency for Over 90k Essential Temporary Workers, International Graduates

Updated: May 15

IRCC just introduced a new pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 international graduates and essential workers and an unlimited intake for French-speaking candidates.


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New Pathway to Permanent Residency for Essential Temporary Workers and International Graduates

“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.” The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco E. L. Mendicino announced a new pathway for permanent residency. This pathway will be for over 90,000 international graduates and essential workers who are actively contributing to the Canadian economy.


These special public policies will grant permanent residence status to temporary essential workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and have the skills and experience to fight the pandemic and accelerate the Canadian economic recovery!


Who is the new pathway to permanent residency for?


Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three streams:

  1. 20,000 applications for temporary workers in healthcare

  2. 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations

  3. 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution

IRCC is launching 3 additional streams to promote Canada's official languages! These new streams focus on French-speaking or Bilingual candidates and will have unlimited intake. To find out more about eligibility requirements for these streams, navigate to the public policies.


What are the Eligibility Requirements?

The new pathway focuses on temporary essential workers with 1 year of work experience; Working in hospitals, long-term care homes, and on the frontlines of essential sectors.


The program also paves the way for International graduates to drive the Canadian economy. International graduates must have completed an eligible post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017.


These new public policies apply to workers in 40 healthcare occupations and 95 other essential jobs across a range of fields; Some of these fields include caregiving and food production and distribution.

When can I apply?


The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021 or until they have reached their limit (90,000 new permanent residents in these 3 streams). Due to the number of applicants, we recommend applying as soon as you become eligible so that you don't miss out on these special programs. 


Book a consultation today, to get ahead in your application!


Impact 2021 Immigration Levels Plan (401,000 New PR)


On October 30th, 2020 Canada announced its plan for immigration levels in the next three years (2021-2023). The annual immigration level plan determines the goal for how many permanent residents are expected to be admitted to Canada. This is further broken down into sub-categories which include a wide range of economic programs, family sponsorship programs, and much more.


The plan for the next three years has been developed under consideration of COVID-19 and its impacts on the Canadian economy and permanent resident admissions. The 6 new streams will be crucial in driving jobs and long-term economic growth in Canada. Read more about the 2021 Immigration Levels plan here. 


Canada Needs You!


Get ahead in your Permanent Residence Application! Book a consultation with our RCIC to learn about your eligibility requirements!




A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.

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